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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-05-09

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May 22, 2013
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Teen volunteers pose after completing a wall decoration at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

J-Serve Detroit gives teens meaningful volunteer options.

Jodi Gross

Special to the Jewish News


n April 21, more than 200
teens and adult chaperones
in Metro Detroit, along with
10,000 Jewish teens from across North
America, Europe and Israel, participated
in a day of community service and
improvement projects through J-Serve.
J-Serve is a national movement for
students in grades 6-12 dedicated to vol-
unteering at meaningful projects. Metro
Detroit is unique in that for the last
several years, J-Serve has organized four
communitywide volunteer initiatives.
Each initiatives put the values of tikkun
olam (repairing the world) into action by
building coalitions between Jewish teens
and youth organizations, breaking down
barriers and encouraging teens to per-

form regular community service.
Local teen volunteers had this to say
about the experience:
• "I went to Detroit Rescue Mission
Ministries. It was a ton of fun painting
with friends and meeting new ones! The
kids now have a totally new playroom!"
— Meredith Berlin, 15, Huntington
• "My J-Serve experience was high-
lighted by meeting Angel, a girl who lives
next to Spaulding Court, where I was vol-
unteering. Just hearing the stories about
the history of the area, while improving it
at the same time, made my day of volun-
teering that much better."
— Noah Betman, 18, West Bloomfield.
• "This year's spring J-Serve was an
enormously inspirational service expe-
rience. I learned firsthand about the
opportunities that there are to rebuild

the city of Detroit, and was able to take
advantage of such opportunities by
cleaning up and beautifying what was
previously a garbage-dumping site. I
loved being able to learn and cooper-
ate with other Jewish teens from Metro
Detroit, and I look forward to returning
to the city soon!"
— Daphne Logan, 16, Bloomfield Hills.
J-Serve Detroit is possible thanks to
grants from the Stephen H. Schulman
Millennium Fund, Repair the World,
BBYO Panim Institute and the involve-
ment of more than 30 local partners,
including synagogues, youth groups, day
schools and camps. For more informa-
tion visit, www.jservedetroit.org.

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Jodi Gross is associate director of education
and youth at Adat Shalom Synagogue in
Farmington Hills.


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From Muaine Grossbard, mother of

Chloe, ago 13, and Sabian, age 8, who
both receive services from JARC

Sam Finn, 16, and Ari Segel, 15, both of Farmington Hills, work

on a project for Green Living Science, an organization commit-
ted to action and education for the environment in Detroit.

Daphne Logan, 16, of Bloomfield Hills and Ava Scott,
15, of Birmingham show off their project for Green
Living Science.



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Jason Arbit, 13, of Sylvan Lake, Brandon Fealk, 13, of Commerce
Township and Ethan Shimones, 13, of Canton are ready to do
some work at the Baldwin Center, a nonprofit community service

Ariel Bergman, 17, of Farmington Hills, has fun with

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a mural at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.




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