J-Serve offers teens opportunities
to serve the community.
etro Detroit's Jewish
teens will unite on
Thursday, Feb. 23, for
J-Serve 2012, an afternoon of
community service for students
in grades 6-12, beginning at 2:30
p.m. at Adat Shalom Synagogue in
The teens will take part in
a host of volunteer activities,
including sorting food at Gleaners
Rachael Bradley of West Bloomfield
Community Food Banks in
and Josh Solomon of Novi sorted food
Pontiac and Detroit, painting and
at Gleaners Community Food Bank of
sorting donations at the Baldwin
Southeastern Michigan in Pontiac during a
Center in Pontiac, serving din-
special J-Serve Detroit effort last February.
ner at the Detroit Rescue Mission
Ministries in Downtown Detroit
and sorting seeds at The Greening
Shalom Synagogue, ATID: Alliance
J-Serve 2012 will engage youth from for Teens in Detroit, BBYO, Boy Scout
all Jewish denominations and the
Troop #364, Congregations Beth Ahm,
interfaith community in meaningful
Beth Shalom and Shaarey Zekek,
projects to teach them the value of
Detroit Jewish News, Frankel Jewish
tikkun olam (repairing the world), the Academy, Habonim Dror, Hillel Day
Jewish call to action.
School, JARC, Jewish Community
A kick-off program will introduce
Relations Council, Jewish Community
the participants to their peers and
Center, Jewish Federation of
inform them about the importance
Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Parents
of their volunteer efforts. Buses will
Institute, NCSY, NFTY, Motor City USY,
then deploy the teens to their chosen
Tamarack Camps, Temples Beth El,
work sites, accompanied by youth
Israel, Kol Ami, Shir Shalom and Shir
professionals and adult volunteers.
The program will conclude with a
J-Serve is supported by a grant from
short debriefing session back at Adat
the Stephen H. Schulman Millennium
Fund through Federation and the
J-Serve, an annual program for
Panim Institute of BBYO.
Jewish youth throughout the world,
Teens interested in volunteering
is part of Global Youth Service Day, a
can register at www.jservedetroit.org .
national day of service for teens from
For further information, contact Jodi
all faith communities. Jewish teens
Gross, associate director of education
will come together again on Sunday,
and youth, Adat Shalom Synagogue,
April 22, to volunteer throughout
(248) 626-2153, jgross@adatshalom.
org, or Wren Beaulieu-Hack, director
Participating sponsors in J-Serve
of lifelong learning, Shir Tikvah, (248)
2012: Akiva Hebrew Day School, Adat
649-4418, email@example.com .
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Walled Lake School District Teen Forum
To Explore Religious, Ethnic Issues
In October 2010, the Chaldean-Jewish Building Community initiative of the
Detroit Jewish News and the Chaldean News helped facilitate a Chaldean-
Jewish teen forum for the Bloomfield Hills School District. With Mojo of 95.5
FM's Mojo in the Morning show as moderator and a panel consisting of Rabbi
Josh Bennett of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Father Anthony Kathawa
of Mother of God Church in Southfield and four students (two Chaldean and
two Jewish), the discussion was about their experiences, stereotyping and
more, with questions and input from students in attendance.
On Feb. 9, a similar teen forum will be held from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for
the Walled Lake School District in its central facility. Additionally, this session
will expand the scope of the panel to include Islamic representation. Students
from all three Walled Lake high schools will attend.
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