Learning, Growth, & Families
Social Justice & Activism
Even the youngest BJ members can work toward transforming the world as it is into the world as it should be. We integrate social action, volunteerism, and tzedakah into our programming for all ages, partnering with organizations such as Repair the World and the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Find out how families, little ones, bigger ones, and teens can get involved.
- Young Family Days of Service: Families with children up to age 7 participate in service projects such as preparing food packages and care kits.
- Teen service and advocacy: Each year, the BJ Teen Executive Board researches and advocates for a tzedek mission for the board to focus on for the year, and designs programs around this tzedek mission throughout the year. Projects have included gun reform advocacy, environmental justice, and homelessness in New York City.
- Cooking for the shelter: students in our Kadima@BJ classes cook at least once a year for the BJ/SPSA Women’s Shelter. Families can also sign up to be a food donor, and prepare dinner for the shelter guests. Contact Larissa to learn more and sign up!
- The Kadima@BJ curriculum includes learning and exploration of what it means to be part of a global Jewish community, and what it means to live a wholesome Jewish life.
- Service and education trips: Students in 7-12th grades have opportunities each year to travel with BJ to learn about pressing social issues in our country. Past trips have included service learning in the Dominican Republic, a Civil Rights trip in the Southeast, and an immigration trip to Arizona.