As Jewish teenagers living in an ever-secular world, it is increasingly important to reinforce our identities. We have a responsibility to our religion, our communities, our families and our selves. We came together as 16 teenagers intent on fulfilling our own personal desires to enrich the lives of those less fortunate. We have raked, painted shoveled and cleaned up the houses and gardens of many different people Beyond a word of thanks, each one of us was rewarded with the satisfaction of a task completed out of our own generosity.
Goldsboro, NC, 1980
Age Requirement: Applicants must be entering 10th through12th grade AND have turned 15 by June 15, 2013.
Get Your Application in Early! Get your application in early! AJSS has a rolling acceptance. We will schedule a telephone interview with applicants within one week of receiving a completed application and will notify participants within one week of the interview as to their status. An in-person interview may be requested by AJSS.
Health & Safety: AJSS participants are required to undergo a complete health physical before the start of the program. The mandatory medical forms will be provided upon acceptance into the program. The required forms must be signed by the participant’s physician. These documents must be submitted to AJSS by May 15, 2013.
Click here for the rates and dates for the AJSS Summer of-2013 programs
Click here for the 2013 application page.
Applicants must make a commitment to engage fully in the AJSS experience. We look for a demonstrated willingness to take on the physical demands of our daily work and to abide by a high standard of behavior both within the AJSS group and as guests in our host community.
We won’t know until early spring exactly where each of our sites will be located. In order to secure meaningful work for our participants, AJSS must coordinate with numerous service organizations across the country. AJSS encourages focusing on the work to be done rather than the location of the summer. Regardless of where the project is located, the summer experience will be filled with meaningful community service, enriching educational and cultural opportunities and exciting recreational programs designed to take full advantage of being in a different part of the county than your own.
One lesson I learned was that there is so much I take for granted. I have my own room, in my own house. This AJSS trip made me realize another side of myself. I found the side that reaches out to others. I will take this “new side of me” back to my community and reach out to the less fortunate in my hometown.
Wind River, WY, 1998