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.
2018-2019 Service Trips:
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief, Presidents' Week, Sunday, February 17- Wednesday, February 20, 2019
For teens Grade 8 (with parents, mandatory!)
For teens Grade 9-12 (with parents, optional)
Join us in Puerto Rico to provide relief, that is still needed, as a result of the hurricanes that ravaged the island in 2017. Work with an Afya-affiliated organization, help Nechama with the rebuild efforts, meet members of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and learn about the local Jewish community. Click here for more information and to register!
Getting Back to Our Roots Service Trip to New Orleans, Friday, January 18-Monday, January 21 2019
Join teens from J-Teen Leadership, Temple Israel Center and Temple Sholom in Greenwich, Ct., as we return to New Orleans, the site of the first service trip organized by J-Teen Leadership after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Honoring Our Veterans: Veteran's Day Weekend Service Trip to Philadelphia, Friday, November 9-Monday, November 12, 2018
J-Teen Leadership traveled to the "City of Brotherly Love" for the opportunity to learn and participate in meaningful service focusing on poverty issues such as, literacy, underfunded schools and food justice.