About J-Serve

J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America's Global Youth Service Day weekend.

J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkum olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Across the globe, teens will join each other to make their community and the world a better place.

J-Serve 2016 is in partnership with REPAIR THE WORLD, YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA, and BBYO, and is generously underwritten by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Awards Committee.


Endorsing Agencies

J-Serve is endorsed throughout the world by BBYO, Bureau of Jewish Education of New York, Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, BBYO Panim Institute, USY, and Young Judea.


Grants / Awards

J-Serve annually provides grants of $500, $1,800, and up to $2,500 to projects around the world that meet a significant community need, collaborate with community agencies and run projects that engage large numbers of Jewish youth. If you are interested in applying for a grant to support a J-Serve project in your community, please fill out a grant application, here.

Please note that applications for $1,800 and/or $2,500 mini grants are due by October 2, 2015. Micro grants of up to $500 for J-Serve 2016 will remain available after that time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. View application and additional information here.


Media Inquiries

For interviews or any questions about the local or international J-Serve efforts please contact info@jserve.org



What is J-Serve? J-Serve is the annual day of service for Jewish youth throughout the world. It is a day when Jewish teens join their peers in other faith communities, other cities and other countries to give their time to serve their communities.

When is J-Serve? April 17, 2016. J-Serve is a part of the Global Youth Serve Day initiative, and is an opportunity for Jewish teens to join teens around the world for a day of service.

Who can participate? J-Serve is a pluralistic Jewish day of service and welcomes all Jewish teens from any background to participate and make the world a better place, starting in their communities.

How many people participated last year? More than 11,000 teens in more than 90 communities and 16 countries rolled up their sleeves to make their world a better place during J-Serve.

Is money available? Grants of up to $2500 are available annually to empower teens, along with their communities, around the world to lead the most meaningful and impactful service projects possible. For J-Serve 2016, grant applications can be found here and are due October 2, 2015.

How do I get started? Start thinking big, and work with your local synagogue, youth group, team, or club to change the world. Then sign up!

Why J-Serve? By engaging in community service, J-Serve participants are fulfilling the ideals of; gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness; tzedakah, just and charitable giving; and tikkun olam, the idea that Jews are duty bound to help fix a broken world.

Have more questions? If you have additional questions about grants, tips for successful projects, how to work with community partners and how to plan a successful J-Serve project please contact Rebecca Cohen, International J-Serve Project Manager, at rcohen@bbyo.org or 202.857.6622

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