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 Reflections. 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 in 2015-2016:
Hine Ma Tov- How Good it is To Be Together
Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18
Learn and participate in meaningful service focusing on poverty issues such as literacy, underfunded schools and food justice.
Hazak, Hazak V’Nit’hazek- From Strength to Strength
(Still Stronger Than Sandy) Far Rockaway, Queens
Veteran’s Day: Tuesday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 11.
We haven’t forgotten our friends in Far Rockaway! This is the fourth year J-Teen Leadership will be providing hands-on service work to the communities still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Shalom Chaverim- Hello, Friends
Martin Luther King Weekend
Friday, January 17 – Monday, January 20, 2016
Travel to Houston Texas, a region heavily devastated by floods this spring, to help with the recovery and renewal for the many who have lost cars, homes, furniture, clothes and more.
Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh L’Zeh- All Of Israel are Responsible One for the Other
Teen-Led Humanitarian Service Trip to Cuba
Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 16, 2016
In collaboration with Westchester Reform Temple of Scarsdale
For teens and parents (younger siblings invited too!)
Halomot M’Shutafim- Shared Dreams
Civil Rights Journey to Atlanta, GA, Birmingham and Montgomery, AL
Sunday, March 20 – Tuesday, March 22, 2016
For 8th and 9th graders with their parents!
In collaboration with Congregation Kol Ami of White Plains
Join us for this powerful learning/service journey as we explore our shared dreams of making the world a better place.
For more information and applications for all service trips please contact Abbe Marcus: firstname.lastname@example.org or (914) 328-8788.
Videos of Past Service Trips
Detroit, MI. MLK Weekend, January 2015
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.