J-Serve is the international day of Jewish teen service – a single day of Jewish teens giving back to their communities. There are projects this year that provide an opportunity to serve in our local community, and in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan area.
2017 (Date TBA)
About J-Serve Cleveland 2016
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Be sure to register early to be guaranteed a spot in the project which you want to be involved. And remember, helping the community isn’t just a one day activity. There is a continual need to support the community. If you want to get involved, be sure to contact us or your Youth Director for more information on how to help!
2016 Volunteer Sites
Volunteers will meet 11:00am at Akiva, 26500 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, for bus transport to the following sites. Buses will return to Akiva at 3:00pm.
Lansing Cemetery Cleanup
3993 W.57th Street, Cleveland
This Federation cemetery is in need of hands-on care. Located in Slavic Village, Lansing Cemetery, established in 1890, has also been known as Fremont or Newburgh Cemetery and has affiliations with several synagogues. Volunteers will work cleaning grounds and headstones. There is no greater mitzvah than honoring those who came before us.
Cleveland Kids In Need Cleveland/Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
3631 Perkins Ave. Suite 1C, Cleveland
Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center and Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank are local, independent nonprofits that help to ensure every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies and books to teachers of the students who are most in need. The mission of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free gently-used books to children in need. Reading is critical to ensure success in school and in life, but two-thirds of low-income families don’t own a single children’s book! With your help, we can get books and school supplies into the hands and homes of children in need.
Higher Hope Apostolic Church
9114 Miles Park Avenue, Cleveland
Join in with Carl Cook and a community group turning this church into a community center for the Miles Park Neighborhood. A large number of volunteers are needed to create courtyards and a basketball court for this neighborhood center.
Horvitz Youth Ability
26500 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood 44122
The Horvitz YouthAbility program serves disabled and at-risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service, vocational activities, and social enrichment. Participate in their group project designed to give these youth a positive connection to the community and allow them to feel like community heroes.
Volunteers will meet 9:30am at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, for bus transport to the following site. Buses will return to B’nai Jeshurun at 1:00pm.
St. Herman’s House of Hospitality
4410 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland
Out of all US cities, Cleveland has the second highest rate of residents living below the poverty line, 36%. At a time when few to no services were available in the Cleveland area, St. Herman House was founded to meet the pressing needs of the underserved in our community. To this day, the St. Herman House continues to provide essential services, transforming the lives of many who come through our door.
Volunteers will meet from 1:00-3:00pm at Friendship Circle, 27900 Gates Mills Boulevard, Pepper Pike, for service work.
Friendship Circle of Cleveland
was founded on the idea to bring friends and smiles to children with special needs and peace of mind to their parents, to foster the values of volunteerism and compassion among our youth, and to ultimately realize the community’s responsibility for its members with special needs. Volunteers will provide teen friendship, in the company of others, and contribute to an enriching social experience for children with special needs as part of an ongoing Friendship Circle program.