As many as 60 Nashville teenagers are expected to take part in 13th annual day of service for Jewish youth on April 30.
Those who participate will be joining about 13,000 other Jewish youth in 20 communities around the world in J-Serve, an international day of service for Jewish youth.
The Nashville J-Serve project is hosted by BBYO, the Gordon Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. This year there are two options: Teens can help host a carnival for kids with special needs at the GJCC or to take part in a project for the senior residents at the Blakeford at Green Hills.
All Jewish 6th-12th graders are invited to take part in one of the projects. Lunch, a t-shirt, and transportation from religious school at The Temple, West End Synagogue and Congregation Micah are all provided at no cost.
“I am participating in J-Serve because I love helping people,” said Alexa Honigsblum, 14, a Hillwood High School student who serves on the local J-serve teen committee. “When J-Serve first started, I wasn’t old enough to participate and I couldn’t wait to be able to do what my brother was doing, I think Jserve was started to help others feel the joy and importance of helping others.”
JServe is the Jewish service component of Youth Service America’s annual Global Youth Service Day and is a collaboration of BBYO and Repair the World, in partnership with Good Deeds Day.
Those interested in participating in a JServe project can find additional information on the JServe website at www.jserve.org or by contacting Sheri Rosenberg-Area J-Serve Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 354-1659. Parents who have a child ages 2-10 with special needs are encouraged to come by to the carnival from 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at the GJCC, where there will be food, games, prizes, a photo booth and more. •