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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2016

CONTACT:
Kevin Goodman, BBYO Ontario, 4588 Bathurst Street #1-22, Toronto, ON M2R 1W6

416-635-2883 ext. 4461 or kgoodman@jserve.ca

500 TORONTO-AREA TEENS SET TO SERVE THEIR
COMMUNITY ON DAY OF SERVICE, APRIL 17th

(Toronto, ON) -- Five hundred teens from across Toronto and York Region will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects as they take part in J-Serve, the Global Day of Jewish Youth Service, on April 17, 2016.

J-Serve is a worldwide initiative through which over twelve thousand Jewish teens from across North America, Europe and Israel participate in service projects all on the same day in more than a hundred communities around the world.

J-Serve is the Jewish service component of Youth Service America’s annual Global Youth Service Day. The program provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness), tzedakah (just and charitable giving), and tikkun olam (the responsibility to repair the world).

J-Serve Toronto will take place at Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto’s Wallenberg Campus (200 Wilmington Avenue, Toronto, ON M3H 5J8) from Noon to 5:00pm. This marks the seventh year that teens from across Toronto and York Region will have the chance to participate in this international initiative thanks to funding by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and BBYO Ontario.

Teens will choose from a dozen service projects such as assembling craft kits for children in hospitals, celebrating Passover alongside young adults with physical or cognitive challenges, engaging in social and recreational activities with seniors, and preparing meals for people living on the streets of downtown Toronto, among other projects.

J-Serve Toronto coincides with the ninth annual ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, a six week campaign that kicks off April 10 in partnership with Volunteer Canada’s National Volunteer Week, Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

The Toronto event, hosted by BBYO Ontario and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, is one of over a hundred simultaneous international events aimed at encouraging community building and connections across religious and societal lines. The program will highlight BBYO’s core principles of Jewish-inspired leadership, patriotism, community service, inter-faith relations, philanthropy and ensuring the protection of democratic rights for all

"I feel very fortunate to be able to work alongside my peers to give back to the community and help those in need. By coming together for J-Serve Toronto with Jewish teens from all different youth movements to make a difference, we're shedding light on the positive changes that can occur when we all work together. J-Serve was an incredible experience last year and I can't wait to participate again," says Aaron Ockrant, 16.

For more information or to register for J-Serve Toronto please visit www.jserve.ca or contact Kevin Goodman, Managing Director, at kgoodman@jserve.ca or 416.635.2883 extension 4461.


J-Serve Toronto is a program of BBYO Ontario with funding from UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and hosted in partnership with:

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