J-Serve: April 13, 2008

On April 13, we will participate in J-Serve, the annual day of service for Jewish youth throughout the world.  

We will observe our regular schedule, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m.

We will begin the morning learning from Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the rabbi-in-residence at Jewish Funds for Justice. 

Then, students will participate in one of five different volunteer options.

For more information about J-Serve, click here.

Cathedral Community Cares

Cathedral Community Cares currently operates and coordinates several different direct-outreach service programs and advocacy campaigns, all aimed at alleviating poverty by targeting the issues of homelessness and hunger.

Students will prepare and serve meals with other volunteers, as well as set up and clean the dining space.

For more information: http://www.stjohndivine.org/index.html 

Riverside Park Conservancy

Riverside Park is Manhattan's most spectacular waterfront park, stretching four miles from 72nd to 158th Streets along the Hudson River. Since 1875, the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted have offered escape from the city and opportunities for people of all incomes to relax, play, and socialize in tranquil settings.

We will do a “Riverside sweep,” combing the park from 125th Street southward. Gloves and bags will be provided to us by the conservancy. 

For more information: http://www.nycgovparks.org/index.php

The National Council of Jewish Women New York Section

The National Council of Jewish Women New York Section is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW New York Section courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom. Through community service, education, and advocacy, NCJW New York Section improves the quality of life for families, women, children, and the elderly.

Students will prepare and serve meals with other volunteers, as well as set up and clean the dining space.

For more information: http://www.ncjwny.org/


Met Council at JCC Manhattan

Met Council is a nonprofit organization representing and coordinating the efforts of grassroots Jewish Community Councils and citywide and national Jewish organizations. It is the primary advocate for the needs of the underprivileged, reaching out to the isolated, poor, and elderly, and increasing public awareness of Jewish poverty—its extent and nature—through legislative and social advocacy. 

Students will travel to the JCC of Manhattan to make candlesticks and candleholders, which Met Council will distribute to poor and elderly Jews in New York City.

For more information:



Jewish Home Lifecare

Jewish Home Lifecare offers long-term care, adult daycare, home health care, health services, and social and community services throughout the New York area. The nursing home provides health services for more than 5,200 senior citizens daily at their three campuses, in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester, and through their Lifecare Community Services Division, which provides healthcare and social services throughout the metropolitan area.

As a volunteer at Jewish Home Lifecare, you will work directly with residents and connect with an elder in the community. The rewards of volunteering include:

  • Knowing that you’ve made a difference in individuals’ lives and in your community
  • The opportunity to make new friends
  • A chance to develop new skills and uncover hidden talents
  • Exploring career options
  • Enhancing your resume
  • Learning something new

For more information: http://www.jewishhome.org/jewishHome/home.jsp