"Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet."
Anyone who has done volunteer works knows the truth of Marion Wright Edelman's words. Doing hands-on work that directly benefits someone else makes a difference. It affects people's lives. And it makes your own life more fulfilling
Over the past 13 years, the trend has grown by leaps and bounds. The habit of volunteering often takes root in high school, where kids have to fulfill a service learning requirement and find they enjoy the work they engage in. Today, volunteering by college students is growing at twice the rate of all other volunteering, according to a recent report by the Corporation for National and Community Service. And there's plenty of room for more growth: the 2007-2008 cohort of American Jews 18-24 engaged in service represented less than 1% of eligible Jews in that age range.
From one-day events to alternate spring breaks to long-term immersion programs, there's something for everyone. The only question is, when are you going to get started? This page has all the resources you need to begin, and there's one other very important resource: the Young Leadership director at your Federation.
Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship Program – Union for Reform Judaism
Amirim - YJ Impact!
Spend your summer with Amirim volunteering at a non-profit organization, exploring the Israeli landscape through weekly day trips, and discovering Israeli culture and society through different educational and cultural events.
Dorot Fellowship in Israel – The Dorot Foundation
Israel By Design
Israel Teaching Fellows
LIFE – Leadership and International Fellowship Experience
Livnot Journey - Livnot U'Lehibanot
Magen David Adom Volunteer Program - Yochai Porat
Stagerim Professional Internship Program
The Social Justice Fellowship - New Israel Fund and SHATIL
Thirtysomethings - Livnot U'Lehibanot
Tzevet Mitzvot: Israel Mitzvah Corps
Volunteers for Israel
WUJS Israel Hadassah
American Jewish World Service Volunteer Summer
American Jewish World Service Volunteer Corps
American Jewish World Service World Partners Fellowship
Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship — JDC
Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellows Program - JDC and Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
World Partners Fellowship - American Jewish World Service