Day of volunteering J-Serve Day was held in FSU from youth movement AJT.
Volunteering J-Serve day passes every year all around the world with the support of the world organization BBYO. Main objective of this day is “Tikkun Olam” – change the world. This is one of the global ideas / values of Judaism. This year youth leadership project in FSU AJT (Active Jewish Teens) joined as a partner to the international campaign. More than 11 000 Jewish teenagers all over the world took part in it. 16 cities of the youth movement AJT (Active Jewish Teens) in FSU took part in the event in mid-April.
Cities participants in FSU:
Ukraine: Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Lviv, Kirovograd, Sumy, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Krivoy Rog, Vinnitsa
Russia: Ufa, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Izhevsk
Moldova: Chisinau, Beltsy
Cleaning of Jewish cemeteries, help elderly people, holidays for children with special needs, landscaping, good mood for everyone around and much more. All actions were designed to appeal to all Jewish teenagers (and the public in general) to look at the world around, paying attention to those who may need help and support, and to understand that support does not always need big investments, but just a desire to help.
One of the most extraordinary and international actions was held in Odessa. 80 Jewish teenagers from the Youth Club Derech (Odessa) and youth club Khaverim (Moldova) visited 20 elderly clients of Hesed Shaare Zion. Young volunteers brought them food packages, spent much time in communion with the senior generation, and thus restored the link between generations.
Both – those who received help, and all those who took part in the global volunteer action received a lot of impressions after participating in the J-Serve Day. For them, it was an unforgettable day – event that they will remember for a long time and tell their friends. Participants are already waiting for the next J-Serve Day, to take part in it at even higher levels of enthusiasm. Participants of the international youth movement AJT (Active Jewish Teens) are grateful to their “big brother» BBYO for the opportunity to feel themselves as a part of a great world Jewish community.