Service Learning


Reaching Out to Help Others

Make an impact while fulfilling the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam,” or repairing the world!

JTI Programs:

JTI & CJP Community Action Day (Formerly J-Serve):

Through an ongoing partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) we are excited to bring people together for JTI & CJP Community Action Day, a teen-led Jewish community service day for all ages (an outgrowth of the event formerly known as J-Serve). The day will offer teens, adults and families a chance to roll up their sleeves and make a major difference.

Past projects, coordinated in part by teen leaders, have included gardening and beautifying grounds, creating mosaics, building benches and play structures, spring cleanup and painting giant playground scrabble boards.

Learn more about our annual day of service

MLK Service Day:

Through a partnership with TELEM and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), along with many community partners, we’ll provide Metrowest pre-teens and teens, grades 6-12, with an opportunity to help their community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday).  We will come together to cook food for local homeless shelters so that those less fortunate can have hearty, healthy meals.

Learn more about this Metrowest day of service

Love Our Neighbors - MW Service Day:

Join us for a special new program co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Metrowest. We will learn about supporting refugees and asylum seekers in our communities and then work together to make a meaningful difference in these neighbors’ lives.

Learn more about loving our neighbors


Meaning “to improve” in Hebrew, L’Shaper runs weekly, late fall through early winter. Teen volunteers facilitate games and academic enrichment activities for 1st-5th graders at a local school or homeless shelter. Prior to doing their community service each week, we come together for dinner and discussion on our tradition’s text about repairing the world, led by JTI leadership.

Learn more about our L’Shaper sessions

Soup-er Sunday:

Just before Thanksgiving each year, JTI partners with Mitzvah Day International in the search for teen “soup-er hero” volunteers to make food for local emergency shelters. Our team makes gallons of soup, mountains of lasagna and trays of apple pies, plus they help with set up, clean up and delivering food.

Learn more about becoming a “Soup-er Hero”

Derek M. Sheckman Teen Leadership Award:

Named in memory of Derek Sheckman, one of the first winners of the North Shore Jewish community’s Teen Leadership Award, this award is given annually to an outstanding teen leader on the North Shore with a vision for helping the community. Sheckman Award recipients receive seed money towards a service project as well as guidance and support to develop and implement their own vision.

Learn more about our recent Sheckman Award projects

Partner Programs:

Adaptive Gym and Swim at JCCNS:

Teens volunteer to assist with individuals with special needs at Gym & Swim and Art at the JCC of the North Shore.

Aviv Centers for Living:

Teens meet and connect with residents of Aviv Centers for Living. Aviv is an Independent and Assisted living facility in Peabody, MA.

The Food Project:

Teens volunteer at one of the Food Project’s local sites to learn about food sustainability and then plant and garden. The Food Project is an organization which produces healthy food for community members, provides youth leadership opportunities, and inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities.

Haven from Hunger:

Teens help sort donated food items and serve hot meals. Haven from Hunger is an organization that helps struggling families put food on their tables with their food pantry and community meals programs.

Camp Simchah LIT Programs:

The JCC of the North Shore runs Camp Simchah, which offers LIT programs for  8-10th graders. Simchah LITs intern with Summer at the J staff through their chosen area of interest, enjoy social trips, and participate in community service projects with JTI of Greater Boston. This program offers teens the opportunity to gain valuable leadership training and communication skills, as well as get immersed in the community. (

Learn more about Simchah LIT sessions

MA Coalition for the Homeless:

Teens help with various projects, including sorting books and other supplies for school aged children. MA Coalition is a state wide coalition committed to eradicating homelessness in Massachusetts.

Northeast Arc Bingo:

Teens organize and play bingo with members of the Northeast Arc in Danvers. The Northeast Arc is an organization that helps people with disabilities become full participants in the communities north of Boston.

The Open Door:

Teens spend an afternoon cooking and preparing meals at the Open Door in Gloucester and then serve their meal to those in need. Open Door is an organization which strives to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community through practical strategies that connect people to good food, advocate on behalf of those in need and engage others in the work of building food security.