Volunteer Opportunities

The Va’ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach partners with various New York City agencies to provide volunteer opportunities for JTS community members.

To sign up to volunteer or learn more about any of these or other volunteer opportunities, please email vaad@jtsa.edu.

Ansche Chesed Men's Homeless Shelter

Run solely by volunteers, the Ansche Chesed Homeless Shelter provides a safe haven for homeless men to wash, eat, relax, and sleep. Every Monday and Thursday night, JTS students volunteer overnight to keep the shelter in operation.

Broadway Community Inc.

This soup kitchen is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help prepare and serve meals for one to two-hour shifts to hungry individuals living in the area of Morningside Heights.



DOROT volunteers enhance the lives of the elderly through a variety of programs, including friendly visiting and holiday package delivery. On the Sunday prior to Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Passover, volunteers visit the elderly and deliver meals or packages filled with traditional foods. The elders appreciate the company as much as they enjoy the holiday treats.

Everybody Wins!

Elementary school children in the Ralph J. Bunche School (P.S. 125) are matched with JTS students and staff to help strengthen the children's reading skills. A by-product of this program is the helpful one-on-one attention the children receive.

JTS's partnership with Everybody Wins! was initiated by a generous grant from the AXA Foundation.

Jewish Home and Hospital

Volunteers help welcome the Shabbat on Friday afternoons at this local elder-care facility by singing, sharing challah, giving divrei Torah, and visiting with the elderly.


Special Drives at JTS

In addition to coordinating volunteer opportunities in the local community, the Va'ad also organizes various drives at JTS.

Each year, three blood drives, two clothing drives, and two food drives are held. Blood drives are coordinated through the New York Blood Center, clothing is usually donated to the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and food is donated to City Harvest.

To learn more, please contact the Va’ad at (212) 678-8915 or vaad@jtsa.edu.
Visit the Va'ad Office at Unterberg 209.