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:
As a result of the massive devastation of parts of the United States and the territories of U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico from recent hurricanes, J-Teen Leadership, through a generous grant from UJA-Federation's Time for Good volunteer initiative, was chosen to lead immersive service trips to Houston and other storm affected areas.
Disaster Area Relief Service Trip- February 16-19, 2018!
December 8th-11th (Teens Only)
January 12th-15th (MLK Weekend with Parents)
February 16th-19th (Presidents Day Weekend)
March 2nd-5th (8th and 9th graders with a parent)
April 20th-23rd (Teens Only)
We hope you can join us on at least one of the many trips we will be offering this year! Some trips will invite parents to participate too! This opportunity is a great way not only for J-Teen Leadership to get back to its roots as a disaster relief organization, but also for all of us to do the most needed and meaningful service we can do!
More information to follow!
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.