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uja-federation's engage jewish service corps
at the jcc in manhattan

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  • Become part of a community of Jewish New Yorkers in their 50s, 60s, and beyond volunteering on the Upper West Side and throughout NYC.
  • Understand the key issues affecting our community and ways to address them.
  • Learn from experts and from each other.

"The deepest wisdom man can attain is to know that his destiny is to aid, to serve."
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Engage is a new initiative bringing together and empowering Jews in their 50s, 60s, and beyond to address the needs of the Jewish community of New York City. With Engage, volunteers can use their life-long skill sets, expertise, passion, and leadership to address issues that they care deeply about, including poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the needs of caregivers, isolated elderly, and children with special needs. Volunteers will choose opportunities that fit their interests and availability and create opportunities of their own.

Participants will attend in regular gatherings that include discussion, reflection, and analysis, and provide an opportunity to learn about related societal issues and teachings, and that will facilitate connections between the volunteering, learning, and overall life experiences.

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F. Kennedy

possible volunteer placements/projects

  • Dorot: Visit with homebound seniors, participate in holiday package delivery, host dinners at the Dorot Homelessness Prevention Program transitional residence.
  • JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging): Teach small group courses for seniors including creative writing, healthy living lectures, chair yoga courses, meditation, healthy and budget cooking skills, arts, ceramics, knitting, internet skills, photography, and/or other topics of the volunteers' interest. Become trained to respond to the needs of the elderly after a major storm or disaster.
  • The Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs at The JCC in Manhattan: Support the families being served by this program by adopting a family, providing skills training/tutoring to teens, serving as a job mentor/coach for young adults, assisting with family holiday celebrations, and many other projects.
  • Congregation Beth Elohim—CBE Feeds: Prepare Shabbat meals on Friday mornings at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn that will be delivered to families affiliated with the Kings Bay Y.
  • Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst: Coordinate and Celebrate the holidays with the Bensonhurst Jewish Community.
  • The Blue Card Fund: Support Holocaust survivors.
  • Challah for Hunger: Bake challah at the JCC, and sell the loaves to support local hunger initiatives.
  • UJA's Management Assistance Program: Share your professional skills as a volunteer with a UJA beneficiary agency that needs your expertise.
  • Additional opportunities include joining leadership committees to help shape the direction of the initiative and ensure its continued growth and success.
  • More volunteer projects and placements will continue to be made available.
to view and download an Engage volunteer registration form.

to view upcoming Engage programs.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Brian Fink, Director of Engage, at 646.505.4408 or

To learn more about our new Engage Brooklyn initiative, please contact Susan Kranberg, Engage Brooklyn Community Organizer, at


UJA-Federation's Engage Jewish Service Corps at The JCC in Manhattan is funded by a generous grant from the UJA-Federation of New York.

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