בני נוער פועלים למען העולם

APRIL 16 | 2 ניסן

The International Day of Jewish Youth Service

Since 2005, J-Serve has provided teens with a unique opportunity to band together through service as a united global network committed to fulfilling the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, acts of loving kindness, tzedakah, just and charitable giving, and tikkun olam, the responsibility to repair the world. Every year, Jewish teens worldwide join each other on this special day and throughout the spring to make their community and the world a better place.

J-Serve is a collaborative effort made possible by an incredible team of organizations.

In 2023, our International Sh'lichim, Josh and Leah, and our International Gizborim, Avi and Sami, challenge each community to engage in some form of direct hands-on service and to give back to your local community in the form of philantrophy. We encourage you to get creative and use the resources below to start thinking about your plans!

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Share Your Plans

Share your plans and apply for funding for your J-Serve project in April 2023

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J-Serve Grant Application

In an effort to empower a growing number of communities around the world to participate and expand their program efforts, we are excited to announce that community grants are now available for J-Serve 2023! All grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Available Grant for J-Serve 2023 include:

In an effort to empower a growing number of communities around the world to participate and expand their program efforts, we are excited to announce that community grants are now available for J-Serve 2023! All grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Available Grant for J-Serve 2023 include:

Micro-Grants

Up to $500 USD

Open to all J-Serve projects engaging 10+ Jewish teens in partnership with at least one other local community movement/agency.

Mid-Size Community Grant

Up to $1,800 USD

Open to all J-Serve projects led by new or returning agencies that can demonstrate 2+ established community partnerships and whose programming will reach 100+ Jewish teens (grades 6 - 12).

Large Community Grants

Up to $2,500 USD

Open to all J-Serve projects led by new or returning agencies that can demonstrate 3+ strong community partnerships and whose programming will reach 200+ Jewish teens (grades 6 - 12).

BBYO Internal Grant

Up to $10 per attendee

Open to all BBYO Global and North American regions and chapters. This grant does not require a partnership with another organization. We will contribute up to $10 per middle/high school child/teen that attends.

Apply for Grant

J-Serve Past Highlights

Celebrating more than 15 years with a fresh take on service.

J-Serve continues to include all forms of meaningful social change. Participating communities are encouraged to explore new opportunities to engage a broader range of Jewish teens by redefining what is traditionally thought about as 'service'. J-Serve welcomes and celebrates all ideas that are grounded in tikkun olam, the repairing of the world.

Direct Service

Advocacy

Philanthropy

Life Skills Training

Issue Organizing

Entrepreneurship

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vienna, Austria

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Princeton, United States

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Toronto, Canada

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cleveland, Ohio

Across More Than 250 Communities In 30+ Countries Around The World

“Since J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service, we feel more connected to the projects because we’re all young people ourselves. Through hands-on service projects, we hope to help as much as we can... The best part is we can inspire everyone to continue to serve their communities beyond J-Serve!”

Rebecca M., Orlando Project Leader

J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit

It's never too early to start dreaming about your next J-Serve project! Review our comprehensive J-Serve Project Planning Toolkit—brought to you in partnership with our friends at Repair the World—to help elevate your program. This toolkit is designed to help translate passions into a project vision that speaks to the interests, skills, and creativity of your community.

We hope this resource will serve as a useful reference guide for teen project coordinators and professional staff alike.

Guide to Planning J-Serve

Resources

Branding

Utilize the J-Serve Brand Kit to get the word out about your event! The Brand Kit includes digital flyers, Instagram story templates, letterhead, header, footer, service certificate, share squares, slide templates, thank you note, values slides, and zoom backgrounds. We've linked some of the examples from the kit below. Get creative and let us know if you need any help. You can access the designs via Google Drive or Canva (contact your local staff about Canva access).

Access Templates

Share Square

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Blast this image on all of your social media channels and be sure your friends share it on their personal accounts. Add your event information in the caption of the image.

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Cover Photo

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Make your Facebook event and social media profile look sharp with this event cover photo.

Update Yours

Customizable Flyer

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Share the details about your event with this customizable flyer template. Hang these flyers at all of your local hang out spots. Two versions available for events with and without community partners.
Size: 8.5'x11''

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Customizable Promotion Slips

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team Customize them, cut them up, and hand them out to all of your friends at school, practice, clubs, and more to make sure everyone knows they're invited to your program.
Size: 8.5'x11''

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Poster

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Hang the official posters all over your city to create buzz and excitement.
Size: 11''x17''

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Photo Watermark

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Drop this watermark on your photos to promote your event on social media!

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Letterhead and Header/Footer

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Utilize this letterhead when making formal asks to community partners or guests to join your event. If you're an overachiever, you can put all of your official program outlines in this document.

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Welcome Board

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Place this board outside of your event entrance so everyone knows they're in the right place.

Suggested vendor: Vistaprint
Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or any local print shop) a 22”x28” full-color
foam core board.
Ballpark price: $40

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Vinyl Banner

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Place this banner at the heart of your event. Be sure it's visible for any special photo moments.

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 4’Hx8’W. Depending on your space add grommets or pockets for hanging. Grommets are recommended every two feet and work with command hooks. Pockets are great if you already have a banner stand. Upload artwork after you order and be sure to get a proof.
Ballpark price: $50

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Step and Repeat

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Order a step and repeat to make everyone feel like a VIP. Bring additional props and throw a red carpet in front of the step and repeat to really go big.

Suggested vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select vinyl banners > 13 oz. vinyl banner > 8’Hx10’W > select grommets or pockets depending on how you are hanging. Grommets work with command hooks and pockets work with a banner stand. If you need a banner stand, you can purchase one here.
Ballpark price: $100

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Poster

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Plaster every wall of your event with one of the official posters. If a step and repeat is not in your budget, print out a few dozen of these posters to make a photo wall.

Suggested Vendor: Order from Vistaprint (or similar printing company) a 11’’x17” full-color print on card stock paper or print at local office.
Ballpark price: $1/print

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Snapchat Filter

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
When everyone is posting with this filter, the FOMO will be real.

Instructions:
Submit on Snapchat at least 24 hours before your event.
Ballpark price:
$5

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Values Posters

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team Instructions: Print on 11"x17" paper at a local print shop or in your community office to decorate your space.

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Backup Sign-In Sheet

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
We recommend that your event sign-in be online through a form, but we know things happen. Maybe your venue doesn't have WiFi or the sign-in link isn't working. Whatever the case may be, print out a few dozen copies of this sign-in form to ensure you capture the information of everyone at your event.

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Service Hours Certificate

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Honor the participants at your project with the official J-Serve Service Hours Certification. This document can be used to verify J-Serve hours to schools, institutions, and organizations.

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Thank You Notes

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Don't forget to thank all of the people, partners and planners who helped make your event possible. A handwritten note means the world.

Instructions: Order from FedEx (or similar
printing company) a 7’’x10” full-color print
on card stock paper.
Ballpark price: $2/print

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See You Next Time Cards

✪ Available on BBYO's Canva Team
Hand these out at the end of your event to invite your friends to the next big program. These are customizable for you to share information about your next event.

Instructions: Order from Vistaprint (or similar
printing company) a 3.5"x2" full-color business card.
Ballpark price: $10 for set

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#JSERVE2023

Share all of your J-Serve posts with the hashtags #JSERVE2023 to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.