Immersive service trips allow us to mobilize resources and deliver supplies to those in need outside our local communities. Service projects allow J-Teen Leadership participants to forge new relationships within local Jewish communities by partnering with Hillels and other organizations across the United States and beyond.
2017-2018 Service Trips:
Washington, D.C. - Giving Todah (Thanks)!
Veteran's Day Weekend, Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017
Teens (9th - 12th grade) travel by bus to the heart of Washington, D.C. to engage in meaningful service and learning. Projects will focus on Veterans, food justice and homelessness. We'll connect with the local Jewish teen community and learn about Jewish and American history. Click here to learn more and register!
Nashville, TN - Shalom Y'all!
MLK Service Weekend, Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15, 2018
Teens (9th - 12th grade) travel by plane to Nashville, TN. In collaboration with Temple Sholom of Greenwich.
New Orleans - Back to Our Shorashim (Roots)
Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4, 2008
8th and 9th grade teens and parents travel together back to Louisiana, the site of the first J-Teen Leadership service trip following Hurricane Katrina. J-Teen participants worked with displaced hurricane victims and made a promise to the people they visited that they would not be forgotten. Join us as we participate in continuing service work in the community.
2016-2017 Service Trips:
Stepping Up Detroit!
Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7, 2017
TEENS ONLY, 9th-12th grades, traveled to Detroit to engage in meaningful service and learning with our friends at Repair the World-Detroit.
Shared Dreams...Civil Rights Journey
Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Atlanta
Sunday, February 19 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Teens (8th - 9th grade) and parents traveled by plane together for an educational journey to some of the most important sites of the Civil Rights Movement. In partnership with Congregation Kol Ami and Calvary Baptist Church, both of White Plains.
Charleston, Achshav! MLK Service Weekend in Charleston, SC
Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2017
Teens (9th - 12th grade) traveled by plane to Charleston, SC to the area recently hit by Hurricane Matthew. In partnership with Temple Sholom of Greenwich, CT
Boker Tov Baltimore!
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Teens (9th - 12th grade) traveled by bus to Baltimore, MD to engage in meaningful service and learning with our friends of Repair the World, Baltimore.
Click here to read teen reflections on those trips
With the support of UJA-Federation of New York, the first service trip was organized to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
Since then, J-Teen Leadership has provided support to a variety of communities both within the US and beyond. Every year since Hurricane Sandy struck the New York area, we have helped to repair and rebuild in Far Rockaway in partnership with local organizations. We have also served post-disaster communities in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Nashville, Oklahoma, Haiti, Houston and Detroit. In Cuba, our humanitarian visits to donate clothing and supplies, as well as to share Shabbat, have energized the Cuban Jewish Community. Most recently J-Teen Leadership has traveled to Atlanta, Georgia and Alabama for a Civil Rights education/service journey to gather a better understanding of past and present human rights issues.
Each service trip includes reflection and Jewish learning. We listen to the stories of the victims and recipients so that we can return to our communities and share their stories through articles, videos, and speeches. We retell these stories through coverage in The Jewish Week, on Fox 5 News, News 12, ABC radio and in countless local and online publications.