Immersive service trips allow participants to mobilize resources and deliver supplies and donations to those in need outside our local communities. The J-Teen Leadership Duffle Bag Project is a teen-led philanthropic effort to collect supplies and donations in advance of each trip. By bringing donated items to those in need, participants are representing our home communities. Service projects allow J-Teen participants to forge new relationships within the local Jewish community (partnering with Hillels and others). Every project includes reflection and learning. Afterwards, teens share their stories through articles, videos, photo exhibits and speeches. See News. For Our Service Trips, We:
- Mobilize resources and deliver supplies to those in need outside our local communities
- Discover the history of the local Jewish community where we visit
- Learn the local stories and narratives of the people we are serving
- Tour historical sites
- Connect our work to Jewish values and teachings
Where we are going this year:
The Jersey Shore- Columbus Day Weekend.
Sunday, October 12- Monday, October 13.
Hands-on Service Work- Help After Hurricane Sandy.
Far Rockaway, Queens Veteran’s Day.
Monday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 11.
Hands-on Service Work – Help After Hurricane Sandy.
Detroit, Michigan Martin Luther King Weekend.
Friday, January 16, 2015 – Monday, January 19, 2015.
Hands-on Service Work to help impoverished areas of Detroit.
Teen-Led Humanitarian Mission to Havana, Cuba
Thursday evening, February 12, 2015 – Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
For teens and parents (younger siblings invited too!)
Sunday, March 29 – Wednesday, April 1.
Civil Rights Trip for 8th and 9th graders with parents.
Travel with Rabbi Steven Kane and Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff, NY.
Argentina- Sunday, April 5 – Thursday, April 9.
Intended for 11th and 12th graders with parents. Pesach Hol Hamoed Trip. Travel with Westchester Reform Temple and the JDC.
Service Trip Informational Coffee to be announced.
Videos of Past Service Trips
MLK Brooklyn Service Trip, January 2013, Video by Caroline Fine “Shared Dreams” Service Trip to Birmingham, AL, January 2012 Video by Sam Wallis Teen-Led Humanitarian Mission to Cuba, February 2012 Purim Carnival at Patronato Jewish Community Center, Havana J-TeeLech L’cha Service Trip to Iowa for Jewish Social Action Month November 2008, Video by Zoe Yellen J-Teen Leadership gratefully acknowledges a grant from Repair the World for the 2013 MLK Weekend Immersive Service Trip to Brooklyn for Sandy Recovery efforts. J-Teen Leadership participates in the Repair the World Technical Assistance Program for Immersive Service Providers.