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Over 200 Attend:

JTI & CJP Community Action Day

By Jewish Journal Staff

SALEM – On Sunday, April 14, more than 200 individuals – representing three generations of volunteers aged 2 to 80 – rolled up their sleeves to participate in JTI (Jewish Teen Initiative) & CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies) Com­munity Action Day. The event was hosted by Plummer Youth Promise in Salem, a residential facility that embraces the most vulnerable young people in the community, offering them support and helping them become productive, valued members of the community. Event participants were able to choose close to 20 projects, all led by teens.

From making backpacks for kids in Syria, to cooking food for people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, to creating welcome baskets for those who have never felt welcome, to prepping garden beds that will grow vegetables and flowers showing hope, to creating art that is vibrant showing a brighter future – participants were able to perform the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam and make a difference.

Teen leader Libby Rosen, a sophomore from Marblehead, expressed a sentiment shared by many:

“There was something for everyone to do and we were all able to come together and make something great and help lots of great people. I am so happy to have been part of community action day and part of something bigger than myself.”

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Jesse Swartz volunteered with his father, Matthew, of Swampscott.
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J.D. Urman, Joe Selby, and Nate Selby construct a garden bed for Plummer Youth Promise.

buttonThe projects benefited Plum­mer Youth Promise, Lifebridge, Lynn Shelter Association, North Shore Community Develop­ment Coalition and JFS of MetroWest.

Reposted from Jewish Journal – April 19, 2019

*Brought to you by JTI in partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and made possible in part by a grant from BBYO and the Michael Steinberg Leadership Development Endowment Fund. With special thanks to Epstein Hillel School, NFTY, The Food Project, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, and J-Serve. Generously supported by Pediatric Health Care Associates and Levine’s Kosher Meats and Deli. Donations from Atlantic Ambulance Service, Home Depot, Lowes, Marblehead Tent, PEAK Event Services, Stop and Shop, Value Store It – Allston, and Wegmans.

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Our Heartfelt Thanks!

Our Heartfelt Thanks!

The #NorthShore #JewishBoston community came together in the spirit of #TikkunOlam – repairing our world and l’dor v’dor – from generation to generation.

#JewishBostonTeens led 200+ volunteers of all ages and staff during what was an inspiring and beautiful day. Much love ❤️ to everyone for #DoingGood with us and making #JTIBoston & CJP #CommunityActionDay2019 a HUGE success!

Together, in just a few short hours we…

  • Built and painted 6 picnic tables and 12 benches
  • Built and painted 4 sets of cornhole boards
  • Built shelving in the basement
  • Cooked meals for the residents at Plummer and for 75 people at LifeBridge
  • Painted 2 multi-panel murals and the gazebo at Plummer
  • Packed 50 school kits to go to young refugees in Syria
  • Cleaned up and replanted the garden and the front grounds and decorated the welcoming circle at Plummer
  • Made bird feeders, planters, and posters for citizenship classes for local immigrants

In partnership with CJP, BBYO, J-Serve, Epstein Hillel School, JCCNS, The Food ProjectNFTY, and The Michael Steinberg Leadership Development Endowment Fund the day’s work supported Plummer Youth Promise, Lynn Shelter Association, Lifebridge, North Shore Community Development Coalition and JFS of Metrowest.

Many thanks to Pediatric Healthcare Associates, and Larry Levine’s Meats & Deli for your generous support. We’re grateful for donations from Value Store It Allston, MHD Tents, PEAK Events, Atlantic Ambulance, Home Depot, Lowes, Wegmans, and Stop & Shop. #GoodDeedsDay #Salem

To see the day in photos 📸, check out our Facebook album.

Want More? (We hope so!)

Community Action Day work supported the efforts of three organizations providing homes & a path to stability for neighbors on the North Shore. To learn more about homelessness, ways to engage, & CJP’s social justice priority in this work, join us May 15th, 6:30pm for light dinner & discussion at JTI’s office in Marblehead. Email Beth Tauro for info or to sign up!

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JTI, CJP Community Action Day

Slated for April 14th

By Jewish Journal Staff

SALEM – On Sunday, April 14, teens from all over the North Shore will come together for JTI and CJP Community Action Day (formerly JServe North Shore Mitzvah Day) to lead generations of families, friends, and community members of all ages in projects like baking, cooking, painting, building, and gardening. Participants will spend the day at Plummer Youth Promise, an organization committed to helping troubled youth find meaningful connections to family and build their skills and community connections. The projects of the day will benefit other local organizations including LifeBridge, Lynn Shelter Association, and others.

“This event is an amazing example of our community working together across generations to make an incredible impact,” says Adam Smith, executive director of the Jewish Teen Initiative. “Last year, more than 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 84, united to help others on the North Shore. One of the unique qualities of this day is watching teens take a leadership role with their peers, adults, and younger students – all in pursuit of repairing the world together.”

photoJosh Comito, a freshman at St. John’s Prep, and his parents, Robert and Stacey, know a little something about teaming up to do good work for their community. The family volunteered together at last year’s event, where Josh led projects. They are looking forward to repeating the experience.

“I like that I get to volunteer with my family and friends,” says Josh. “My Dad is a social worker and has helped kids who live at the Plummer home. It is very rewarding to help make things better in the community and with kids who have had a very difficult life.”

“I can think of no better way to spend a wonderful and meaningful afternoon,” said Anne Selby, CJP North Shore Committee member and co-chair of Community Action Day. Anne has been deeply involved in Jewish life on the North Shore for decades and is excited to share this experience with her family this April. Last year, Anne was part of the planning committee, but couldn’t attend the day. Her family was well-represented though – daughter, Kate Selby Urman, and son, Joe Selby, along with their spouses and children, Anne’s sister, Judy Mishkin, and her niece, Molly Winston, volunteered.

“Three generations of my family participated in the event – some building tables and chairs, some creating a beautiful mural, some assembling and decorating care packages, and some cooking and baking,” says Kate Selby Urman. “It was a wonderful opportunity for us to give our two young children a valuable experience in the importance and joy of helping others.”

“Passing along the tradition of giving back to future generations has always been important to my family. My parents taught it to us, and we, in turn, have passed it along to our children,” says Anne. “To see my children now passing it on to their children is an absolute joy – L’Dor v’dor” (from generation to generation).

“After experiencing the power of community at last year’s event, I am thrilled to be a co-chair of this year’s effort. There is nothing better than bringing together generations of families, led by teens, to work together to make a difference,” says Sheryl Lappin-Levy, co-chair of JTI & CJP Community Action Day and CJP’s North Shore Planning Committee.

buttonWhether your family is ready to start writing its own multi-generational day of service story, or you simply want to be part of the fun, everyone is welcome to participate.

JServe, the Michael Steinberg Leadership Development Endowment Fund, Pediatric Health Care Associates P.C., Larry Levine’s Kosher Meats & Deli, and the CJP North Shore Planning Committee helped sponsor this event.

Reposted from Jewish Journal – April 4, 2019

2018-19 Teen Engagement

2018-19 Teen Engagement

Jewish Teen Initiative (JTI Boston, formerly North Shore Teen Initiative) is a nationally-recognized model for Jewish teen engagement, connecting communities in the Metrowest and North Shore suburbs of Boston. The core of JTI Boston’s work is focused on building relationships across agencies, synagogues, camps and day schools; meeting teens where they are and helping to strengthen their connections to the Jewish community; and broadening the menu of opportunities available for Jewish teens to connect. Established in 2008 with the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, JTI Boston has become the “central address” for Jewish teen engagement in Greater Boston. Through collaboration, program development, and expanding access for local youth to participate in regional and national programming, JTI Boston has engaged 1000+ Jewish teens, fostered partnerships with 70+ organizations and connected pre-teens and teens to 250+ events. JTI Boston connects Jewish teens to their peers and motivates participation in Jewish life post b’nai mitzvah. We build community among teens of all abilities and affiliations by serving as a communal connector and by expanding opportunities for leadership development, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and travel.

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JTI & CJP Community Action Day

JTI & CJP Community Action Day

Same Great Day, Brand New Name

J-Serve is now JTI & CJP Community Action Day

Since 2009, JTI has gathered teens in April to take part in an international day of service known as J-Serve. Last year, we partnered with Combined Jewish Philanthropies to put together J-Serve + North Shore Mitzvah Day, a day that saw 200 volunteers of all ages led by teens to do a variety of projects to help (check out pictures from last year!)

As the scope of the day changed, we decided that a new name was needed for this amazing day…and so, we are proud to introduce JTI & CJP Community Action Day.

The day will continue to be an amazing opportunity to give back to the North Shore community, and we hope you’ll join us on Sunday, April 14 at Plummer Youth Promise in Salem. Stay tuned for more details!

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