Friday, April 18, 2014

J-Serve | Jewish Teens Repairing the World

On Sunday, April 6, 225 teens in San Diego gathered as part of a larger nationwide movement to make a difference in the community, known as J-Serve.  J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, which provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world.

This year, San Diego J-Serve participants:
  • Fed 400 homeless individual’s downtown with burgers, chips, and water
  • Helped clothe over 100 people through G’Mach
  • Created over 100 Passover meal kits for food insecure families
  • Gave $1000 in philanthropic support to La Maestro Health Clinic and JFS
  • Worked with children with special needs to create gift bags filled with toys for homeless children
  • Created over 200 coloring books for children who are living at the Battered Women and Children’s shelter of the San Diego Rescue Mission
  • Created over 300 hygiene bags for homeless individuals to shower at the San Diego Rescue Mission
  • Made over 100 hand-made cookies for those who are homeless looking for a meal at St. Vincent DePaul

J-Serve is supported by the San Diego Jewish Teen Coalition and lead by the JCC. J-Serve is also  supported by the Jewish Federation of San Diego County, The Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs Teen Director Endowment Fund, Funded in part by Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs Youth Endowment Fund. Generously supported by the Jewish Education Leadership Fund Families:  Chortek Family Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, Melvin Gard Foundation, Viterbi Family Foundation, Eric Weisman & Susan Chortek Weisman.


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