“Service is a unique tool in helping young people know that they can make a difference. There is a body of research that shows that people are more likely to succeed in life when they know that they can be effective. Engaging in service is incredibly important in demonstrating that.
“We live in a world with social, economic and political challenges that we haven’t faced in generations. Rather than wait for change, we need to roll up our sleeves and tackle these issues ourselves. As we look around this service landscape, the leadership is disproportionately Jewish.
“Many young Jews mistakenly believe that their Jewish heritage doesn’t offer them anything and they have no need to connect to their Jewish roots. Yet, they feel this powerful urge to serve. We work to connect the two and show people that it is our Jewish heritage and values that animates our desires to serve.
“For me, the opportunity to help young Jews connect with their heritage through service is incredibly powerful. We are fortunate to have partners in the Schusterman Foundation. They provide support to help us grow and expand our work and demonstrate a deep willingness to let us lead. Together, we aim to encourage a dialogue around Jewish service and make it more integral to our communities.”
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