Rochester area teens, along with 10,000 Jewish teens from across North America, Europe, and Israel, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve, an International Day of Jewish Youth Service on April 6, 2014.
The “Rochester J-Serve Day” is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester in partnership with the Jewish Community Center and multiple synagogues and Jewish youth programs. There will be three different community service projects participants can choose from in advance – arts & crafts with residents at Jewish Senior Life; making PBJ sandwiches for Open Door Mission; and a Holocaust Memorial Project including listening to a local survivor tell their story and creating artwork to put on display during the Rochester community Yom HaShoah ceremony on April 27th.
“In addition to serving the community,” said Rochester Area J-Serve Coordinator, Richard Gordon, “there is also a strong Jewish education and leadership component to the program. We have four teens, one each from four Jewish youth programs, that are planning the projects, and creating Jewish education discussions to go along with them.”
This year marks the ninth year that Jewish youth from around the world will turn out in force for J Serve in an effort to encourage community building and connections across religious and societal lines.
J Serve 2014 is the Jewish service component of Youth Service America’s annual Global Youth Service Day and is a collaboration of BBYO and Repair the World. J-Serve is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and is supported by partner agencies Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, Rock the Vote, USY and Young Judea.
Those interested in participating in a J Serve project can find additional information on the J Serve website at www.jserve.org or by contacting Richard Gordon, Coordinator of Teen Education and Israel Trips at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, firstname.lastname@example.org or 461-0490.