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.
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. J-Teen Leadership returned to Far Rockaway for four years after Hurricane Sandy struck the New York area, helping to repair and rebuild in that community, in partnership with local organizations. J-Teen Leadership also served post-disaster communities in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Nashville, Oklahoma, Haiti, Houston and Detroit. In Cuba, J-Teen's humanitarian visits to donate clothing and supplies, as well as to share Shabbat, have energized the Cuban Jewish Community. More 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. The teens listen to the stories of the victims and recipients so that they can return to their communities and share their stories through articles, videos, and speeches. They retell these stories through coverage in The Jewish Week, on Fox 5 News, News 12, ABC radio and in countless local and online publications.
Scholarships available for all trips. No teen will be denied because of financial need.