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repairing the world: tikkun olam

Repairing the World: Tikkun Olam reflects the JCC's commitment to empowering our community to better the lives of others, and directly serve some of our city's neediest children and families. This program provides a variety of opportunities for people to serve their community in ways that connect to Jewish culture and history, and are motivated by the pressing issues of the day. For more information on Volunteer opportunities please contact Judy Gross @ 646.505.4450 or

Since our doors opened in 2002, each Shabbat we share the JCC with underserved children from all over NYC as part of our commitment to those who do not have access to the kind of facilities we enjoy every day. Our partners include Homes for the Homeless, the Children's Aid Society, Achilles Kids, Baby Basics NYC, New Heights NYC, The Urban Dove and New York Cares. We value the relationships that have been nurtured with these important organizations that serve the most vulnerable in our community.

Saturday Morning Community Partners is generously funded by an anonymous donor. The swimming portion of this program is funded by The Douglas B. Gardner Foundation. To make a gift to support the Saturday Community Partners program please click here.

Through the ACES program the JCC provides full tuition assistance for after school classes to students who demonstrate economic need AND show effort and improvement in school. Our wide range of after school classes include sports, ceramics, and robotics, just to name a few, and enrich the lives of the students who attend them. Guidance counselors and principals from the local public school with which we partner, select the students who participate in the program. To make a gift to support the ACES program please click here.

Every other week teens from the community gather at the JCC for a few hours to cook and then deliver delicious and nutritious hot meals for women residing at the local B'nai Jeshurun (BJ) Homeless Shelter. Working with a professional chef, they cook everything from chicken soup to dessert. While the soup is simmering, students explore and debate Jewish approaches to tzedakah and engage in conversation with guest speakers from social service organizations throughout the city. To make a gift to support the Operation Chicken Soup program please click here.

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