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J-Serve is 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 run by BBYO in partnership with Good Deeds Day, Jewish Teen Funders Network, Repair The World, and YSA's Global Youth Service Day. The initiative is generously underwritten by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, among others.

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Make J-Serve Virtual

Just because you're home doesn't mean you can't make a difference. Explore ideas to take your J-Serve projects online this Spring.


While we may not be able to work together in person, that won’t stop us from supporting the immediate needs of those in our communities, near and far. This year, we have the opportunity to redefine what service looks like, making a direct impact on those issues that affect our communities the most in new and innovative ways. Feel free to use the ideas below as inspiration for a J-Serve project, whether or not you had one previously planned. These can be done in small groups, with your chapter or organization, or as part of a larger community campaign—get creative and have fun! 

  • Education Equity: Tutor students in a subject you love, especially students from under-resourced schools. Reach out to a local school to find out what their needs are, or check out, where you can get virtually tutor a student from a Title 1 school.

  • Collect Donation Items: Gather grocery and toiletry supplies for food banks and homeless shelters and arrange for drop-offs or donation pick-up with welfare agencies for local families impacted by closures. Find a local organization to work with or get inspired by the organizations listed here

  • Connect with your Local Asian Community: Over the last few months, there has been an uptick in anti-Asian sentiment due to myths associated with the Coronavirus. Reach out to your local Asian community to show solidarity, offer support, and build cross-cultural connections.

  • Fold at Home: Use the power of your computer to help solve infectious diseases by becoming a part fo the Folding@home network.

  • Get Hyper Local: Find out about community needs by subscribing to Nextdoor—a virtual hub to connect with your neighborhood. Neighbors have been posting about things they need help with, like meal pick-ups, grocery runs, yardwork, and fundraisers for causes they care about.  

  • Go Green at Home: Actually recycle (and know what’s actually recyclable—every community is different), pick up trash when you’re walking through your neighborhood, or use your time at home to begin composting. Order seeds online and plant a garden in your yard or window boxes. Thanks to photosynthesis, even one plant can remove carbon dioxide (which contributes to climate change) from the atmosphere.

  • Host a Cooking Show: Record yourself cooking/baking your favorite recipes and donate the meal to a neighbor, friend, or community member in need. 

  • Senior Citizen Love: Many senior citizens live alone or independently at nursing homes and retirement communities, and at this time they may not be able to receive visits from family and friends. Offer local senior centers the opportunity to have conference calls and/or video calls to provide some fun, energy, and connection to area residents. You can also do this with individuals who you know who are elderly or immunocompromised and would be up for a virtual visit. This can also be done in the form of email, written letter, or e-card if virtual is not an option. 

  • Support the Sick or Quarantined: Check out this resource from our partners at Repair the World and Amplifier which provides guidance on supporting those who are sick.

  • Virtual Volunteer Opportunities:


You can launch an entire advocacy campaign without ever leaving your couch. Through conversation, persuasion, and education you and your friends can advocate for change on causes that you’re passionate about, whether it’s encouraging legislators to implement a certain policy or educating the public on a certain topic you care about. There’s no better time to stand up for those who need your support.

  • Connect with your Local Asian Community: Over the last few months, there has been an uptick in anti-Asian sentiment due to myths associated with the Coronavirus. Reach out to your local Asian community to show solidarity, offer support, and build cross-cultural connections.

  • If you’re looking for a good read, and want to learn more about the discrimination Asians have faced, we recommend the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. There are even discussion questions at the end of the book if you’d like to start a chapter book club.

  • Get Inspired by Other Teen Advocates: 2019 was the year of the “Youthquake” -- let’s keep that momentum going in 2020. Learn about the journeys of notable young activists from March for Our Lives and the Sunrise Movement.

  • Escritura de cartas: Inicie una campaña de escritura de cartas a los funcionarios electos sobre varios temas o causas que le interesan a usted y/o a sus amigos.

  • Run a BBYO Chapter Initiative: BBYO Chapter Initiatives are high-quality plug and play programs that are fun, educational, and help make a difference in the world. Created by our members and inspired by our interests, these programs take on hot topics and teach you how to become an advocate for some of our world’s most pressing issues -- from supporting refugees to Israel advocacy to advocating for people with disabilities.

  • Take It to Social Media: Launch a social media campaign on a topic that you’d like to raise awareness around. Design catchy graphics with Canva, recruit your friends, and make a plan. For inspiration, check out this PSA, combatting sexual assault and domestic violence from Oakland BBG #2 of Central Region West.

  • Campaña de registro de votantes: Comparta una campaña de registro de votantes dirigida por un capítulo en su comunidad (específica para EE.UU.) estableciendo un objetivo local y trabajando juntos para reunir a su escuela secundaria y a su vecindario para que se registren completamente antes del final del año escolar.


Anyone can raise funds and donate to a cause they care about, but making intentional decisions around what your community needs and what causes your Jewish values lead you to support is what makes philanthropy so powerful. That power is multiplied when we come together as a community, and this year we are this year to support important organizations making a difference around the world right now.

  • Community Care During COVID-19: Donate to organizations like Doctors Without Borders, JDC, Jewish Federations of North America, and Mazon through the J-Serve 2020 International Teen Philanthropy Campaign in partnership with the Jewish Teen Funders Network.

  • Guiding Questions for Decision Making: Make informed decisions about the issue areas and types of organizations that you’d like to support

  • Host a Pop-Up Giving Circle: With friends and family, pool money together in order to make collective values-driven donations to organizations that you care about. Download Amplifier Giving’s participant workbook and facilitator’s guide, which walk you through this interactive, 90-minute exercise.

  • It’s All About ISF: Virtual ISF Fundraising

  • Fiesta de mascotas: Organiza una fiesta de mascotas con juegos competitivos para equipos de adolescentes y mascotas para recaudar fondos para los refugios de animales locales.

  • Philanthropy Values Chart: Use Jewish values to drive your decision-making

  • Show Some Love for Lone Soldiers: Lone Soldiers are those serving in the IDF without immediate family in Israel, often those who’ve made Aliyah. You can donate to the Lone Soldier Center, so that they can purchase items Lone Soldiers need, like jackets and toiletries.

  • Unpacking Philanthropy: Guide your research as you decide what organizations to give to

Check Out What's Happening for J-Serve On Demand

Explore the growing list of J-Serve events happening around the world. Use this list to inspire your plans!

J-Serve International Philanthropy Campaign

Jewish teens from 50+ countries and the Jewish Teen Funders Network are launching the world's largest Jewish teen giving experience. Together, we are fundraising for four organizations that are doing important work in our communities near and far. Be sure to visit out J-Serve 2020 crowdfunding site, powered by Givebutter, for chapters, communities, and teams to band together and raise important funds. On March 29, we'll gather virtually for J-Serve Prime Time: A Worldwide Celebration of Service to decide where our collective funds will be distributed.

A committee of teens worked together to research and select four organizations that are addressing the spread and impact of COVID-19 near and far. The funds raised will be allocated across these four important organizations.

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J-Serve Past Highlights

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Atlanta, USA

Vienna, Austria

Wilmington, USA

Frankfurt, Germany

Princeton, USA

Toronto, Canada

Celebrating More Than 15 Years with a Fresh Take on ‘Service’

After significant success in 2019, we're continuing to expand the initiative's focus to include all forms of meaningful social change. Participating communities—including all grant applicants—are encouraged to explore new opportunities to engage a broader range of local Jewish teens by highlighting the value and impact of philanthropy, advocacy, community organizing, life skills training, and more in connection with/instead of traditional direct service. Potential project ideas open for exploration may include (but are not limited to) hands-on direct service, advocacy trainings, philanthropy events, community organizing rallies, first responder trainings, charity rides/runs/walks, dance marathons, lobbyist trainings and/or outings, and more!

Across More Than 200 Communities In 27+ 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 bigger and better for J-Serve 2020 and beyond! 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, designed to help translate passions into a project vision that speaks to teen interests, skills, and creativity, and develop a plan to bring big teen service ideas to life by raising awareness about a project, creating a meaningful experience for participants, and keeping in touch with everyone involved.

Broken down into five main sections (Visioning > Planning > Promoting > Hosting > Follow Up) to support you throughout the process of building your J-Serve experience—plus an Appendix w/ handy tables and charts—we hope this resource will serve as a useful reference guide for teen project coordinators and professional staff alike. Dive in, bookmark it, share it with friends... enjoy!

Project Planning Toolkit

Paso 0: Aprender

Antes de sumergirte en el proceso de planificación, asegúrate de aprender lo que es importante para el éxito de tu evento. Revise los objetivos y parámetros de la iniciativa en la que está trabajando, y comprenda las oportunidades clave de innovación para elevar su experiencia de buena a WOW.

Comprender los objetivos, parámetros y oportunidades del evento

  • ¿Cuál es el propósito de esta iniciativa?

  • ¿Cómo puedes maximizar la creatividad y la innovación en el trabajo hacia las metas establecidas?

  • ¿Cómo se puede incluir este esfuerzo en tu calendario de programación para mejorar tus embudos?

Revisar los objetivos y definir el éxito

  • ¿Cómo se ve el éxito de esta experiencia (incluyendo las métricas relacionadas con el compromiso del programa, la calidad, la innovación/riesgo, etc.)?

  • ¿Cómo se logrará ese éxito?

Caja de herramientas

Paso 1: Idear

Una vez que entienda claramente la tarea que tiene entre manos, IDEAR junto con los adolescentes y el liderazgo del personal para construir una experiencia única que sirva mejor a las necesidades de su comunidad dentro del contexto de la iniciativa. Haga un ejercicio de mapeo de la comunidad, aclare las responsabilidades clave y establezca objetivos ambiciosos (¡y alcanzables!).

Mapea tus activos

  • Cuáles son las oportunidades (y desafíos) únicos que ofrece su comunidad - incluyendo personas, lugares, experiencias, etc. - y cómo pueden aprovecharlos al máximo para elevar su evento?

Definir los roles de liderazgo

  • ¿Qué responsabilidades son clave para el éxito de esta experiencia y cómo dividirá el trabajo (entre los adolescentes y el personal específico) para definir las expectativas y compartir la carga, a la vez que se aprovechan las habilidades individuales?

Establecer objetivos SMART

  • ¿Qué objetivos específicos, mensurables, alcanzables, pertinentes y con plazos determinados le permitirán alcanzar sus objetivos declarados para maximizar el éxito?

Paso 2: Crear una estrategia

Con una visión clara para guiarte, tómate tiempo para ESTRATEGIZAR todo lo que necesites para permitir el éxito. Solidifique la logística básica, diseñe el presupuesto de su programa, busque asociaciones, esboce una clara estrategia de marketing y de botín, diseños, todo ello mientras eleva aún más su plan de programa para producir una experiencia verdaderamente "de alta resolución".

Confirmar lo básico

  • ¿Cuáles son los componentes clave del Quién, Qué, Cuándo, Dónde y Por qué de su evento?

  • ¿Qué plan de programa usará para impulsar el progreso hacia los resultados deseados?

Elevar el contorno

  • ¿Cómo impulsará su concepto de evento más allá del status quo para construir una experiencia que sea lo más inclusiva posible y que desafíe todas las expectativas?

Crear un presupuesto

  • ¿Cómo puedes ser creativo para maximizar tu experiencia y minimizar el dinero necesario?

  • ¿Dónde podría solicitar fondos adicionales para ir más allá de su programa?

Identificar y comprometer a los socios objetivo

  • Considerando la naturaleza de su evento, ¿a qué organizaciones locales/nacionales pueden comprometerse como socios de la comunidad, del programa y/o de la marca?

  • ¿Cómo puede usted aprovechar a los padres, ex-alumnos y otros interesados para ayudar?

Elaborar un plan de acción

  • ¿Qué pasos se requieren para convertir la idea de su programa en una realidad?

  • ¿Qué tareas y apoyo se necesitan para que eso suceda, y a lo largo de qué línea de tiempo?

Definir sus estrategias de marketing y de medios sociales

  • ¿Cómo aprovechará su red utilizando todos los canales de comunicación disponibles para promover su evento a lo largo y ancho?

  • ¿Quién será el dueño de cada punto de contacto, y a lo largo de qué línea de tiempo?

Caja de herramientas

Determinar las ofrendas de pre/durante/post venta

  • ¿Qué botín relevante, sofisticado y deseable ofrecerá antes/durante/después de su evento para sorprender y deleitar a sus invitados?

  • ¿Dónde hay oportunidades de hacer pedidos al por mayor de artículos para mantener los costos bajos?

Caja de herramientas

Paso 3: Apresurarse

Las cosas buenas llegan a aquellos que se apresuran. Utiliza plantillas de marca y un enfoque integral para promover tu evento temprano y a menudo. Crear sistemas inteligentes en línea para facilitar la inscripción. Excave más profundamente para reclutar más adolescentes en todos los círculos sociales, y asegúrese de que la prensa (¡y la Orden!) se entere de lo que ha planeado.

Preparar los materiales de marketing

  • ¿Cómo puede aprovechar (y personalizar) los artículos promocionales disponibles para crear una gran expectación sobre su evento a través de una variedad de plataformas digitales, impresas y de intercambio en vivo?

Lanzamiento de la inscripción en línea

  • ¿Cómo utilizará BBYOel portal de registro en línea para promover su evento y fomentar el pre-registro para fines de planificación?

  • ¿Qué otra información divertida podría recoger para informar de las oportunidades de sorpresa y deleite?

Despliega tu plan de marketing y medios sociales

Involucrar a la prensa

  • ¿Cómo puede lanzar el impacto de su evento en la comunidad (para elevar BBYOla marca de la empresa) de manera que atraiga a los medios de comunicación locales/nacionales para que tomen nota y asistan o cubran la experiencia?

Celebrar internamente

  • ¿Qué información puede compartir sobre su evento para ayudar a BBYO construir una narrativa global fuerte que promueva el alcance y el impacto de los programas más influyentes de nuestro Movimiento?

Paso 4: Ejecutar

Mientras se preparan para el gran día, prepárense para EJECUTAR. Envíen los últimos recordatorios, recorran el evento con su comité de dirección, preparen los suministros y el botín para la distribución, y BBYO-seleccionen su lugar de reunión. Atiendan a los prospectos (y miembros) con intención, y sorprendan y deleiten a sus invitados para dejar una impresión duradera.

Confirmar la logística final

  • ¿Qué preguntas quedan sin responder y cómo las abordará?

  • ¿Cómo puede utilizar los recordatorios finales previos al evento y los mensajes de confirmación para mejorar el buzz general en toda su red?

Caja de herramientas

Preparar el equipo de liderazgo

  • ¿Qué momentos del programa deben ser programados de antemano (frente a la forma libre), y cómo deben los miembros del equipo de liderazgo planear para manejar cualquier problema que surja?

Transformar su espacio

  • ¿Cómo puede utilizar la marca y la señalización, así como la iluminación, el A/V, las bandas u otras opciones de asientos divertidos, las zonas VIP reservadas y otros elementos del lugar para dar vida a su espacio y realzar su plenitud?

Invitados de principio a fin

  • ¿Qué expectativas puede establecer y qué sistemas puede poner en marcha para identificar fácilmente a los posibles clientes (y a los miembros menos activos) para garantizar que todos los nuevos asistentes estén bien atendidos desde el momento en que llegan hasta que se marchan?

Deje una impresión duradera

  • ¿Qué divertidas sorpresas, aperitivos y/u otras mejoras del programa puede ofrecer para asegurar que todos los asistentes se vayan con ganas de másBBYO?

  • ¿Cómo compartirás la información de los próximos eventos para que todos sepan lo que sigue?

Paso 5: Retener

Aproveche la energía compartida y el impulso de su evento mientras está fresco para asegurarse de que los asistentes siguen viniendo a por más. Coordine un plan de seguimiento individualizado para recoger aportaciones para informar a futuros programas, agradezca de corazón a todos los involucrados, y cierre el modelo MRIHA haciendo el Ask!

Recopilar la retroalimentación

  • ¿Cómo puede utilizar la tecnología y/o el alcance individualizado para recoger las aportaciones de los prospectos y otros asistentes para ayudar a mejorar los programas WOW de su comunidad en el futuro?

Dale las gracias.

  • ¿Cómo puede personalizar las plantillas de marca disponibles para personalizar su labor de seguimiento de la divulgación a todos los segmentos de invitados clave (clientes potenciales, miembros, padres, socios, interesados, etc.)?

Caja de herramientas

Haz la petición

  • ¿Cómo se puede coordinar la divulgación de "Ask" para invitar a todos los posibles asistentes a unirse de manera BBYO oportuna y eficaz?

Marca y promoción

Comercialización previa al evento

Sabes que un evento va a tener éxito cuando lo ves en todas partes. Utiliza estas herramientas y plantillas para dar a conocer tu evento.

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.


Foto de la portada

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

Actualice el suyo

Volante personalizable

✪ 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''


Boletines de promoción personalizables

✪ 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''



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


Foto Marca de agua

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


Membrete y encabezado/pie de página

✪ 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.


Mejoras en el entorno de los eventos

Hagan todo lo posible para que la celebración del Día de los Fundadores sea especial y memorable. Asegúrate de pedir estos artículos al menos dos semanas antes de tu evento para evitar cualquier gasto de urgencia.

Junta de bienvenida

✪ 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


Banner de vinilo

✪ 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


Paso y repetición

✪ 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



✪ 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


Filtro Snapchat

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

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


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.


Hoja de registro de respaldo

✪ 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.


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.


Seguimiento post-evento

Agradece a las personas que hicieron que tu evento ocurriera e invita a todos a volver para tu próximo evento comunitario!

Notas de agradecimiento

✪ 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


Tarjetas de la próxima vez

✪ 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



Share all of your J-Serve posts with the hashtags #JServe2020 to showcase all of the incredible events happening around the world. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a shout out from @BBYOInsider.