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Learning To Do Good: Evaluation of UJA-Federation of New York’s Break New Ground Jewish Service Learning Initiative

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Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher(s): Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Author(s): Fern Chertok; Nicole Samuel

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Volunteerism)

Keywords: Volunteerism; Youth; Jewish Identity

Coverage: United States


Community service is quickly becoming an integral part of the contemporary young adult experience. Leaders of the U.S. Jewish community are focusing on the potential of Jewish-sponsored community service to address the most pressing needs of the developing world and engage young adults. This report examines UJA-Federation of New York's Break New Ground Jewish Service Learning Initiative(BNG). BNG brings college-age young adults and high school students together in immersive,ten-day service learning experiences in order to “strengthen the life-long connection to Jewish communal life.”


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