Volunteer Center

Make a difference and experience Tikkun Olam “repairing the world” with Jewish Federation’s hands-on volunteer opportunities! Come join us for our own unique volunteer activities or get connected to organizations in need of your talents, passion and commitment.

Mitzvah Day

Jewish Federation’s Mitzvah Day offers volunteer projects that will improve the lives of others in our community and in Israel. Together, we will make a difference. There’s so much good to be done. Volunteer with us on Sunday, November 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am or 12:30 – 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.

Bergen Reads

Jewish Federation’s Bergen Reads literacy program helps public elementary school students enjoy reading and improve their reading skills in a comfortable and friendly environment. Our group of 150 volunteers work with more than 350 students each week in the Hackensack and Teaneck public schools. If you’d like to become a Reading Buddy and have one hour a week to spare during the school day, from October through June, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947 and we will work to place you in one of our participating schools. No prior experience is necessary – we will provide you with training. If you can read this, you can help a child who can’t.

Supplies for Success

Our goal is to make sure that as many children as possible in northern New Jersey start school with a brand-new backpack, filled to the brim with school supplies. Help deliver filled backpacks that will reach kids in need. $18 fills a backpack for one child. Please fill as many backpacks for as many children as you can. We greatly appreciate it!

Thank you for packing backpacks this past August 16th and a special thanks to our sponsors The Genesis Foundation, Artistic Tile, Myron and Bombas as well as our partners Bergen Volunteer Center and Angelwish. Their support helped make this event a complete success! For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects

Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration is a joyous occasion and a big milestone. Family, friends and classmates gather to celebrate your hard work. Sometimes though, it’s easy to lose sight of the “mitzvah” part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You’re busy learning your prayers, meeting with the Rabbi and practicing your Haftorah. And on top of everything, you need to find a Mitzvah project!

Here’s your opportunity to explore how you want to give back and care for the world. Making our world better is an important Jewish value, and YOU are now part of this important aspect of our heritage. As you become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, now is the time to start making a difference! For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.

March Mega Food Drive

Help Jewish Federation collect food for the hungry for our annual March Mega Food Drive! Our most needed items include: tuna, salmon, chicken, shelf-stable milk (boxed or powdered), beans, potatoes, rice, pasta, cereal, baby food, diapers, formula, adult briefs, mac and cheese, chili, stews, meaty soups, jelly jams, peanut butter, canned fruit, vegetables, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels.

Please check expiration dates • no glass or soda • accepting Passover food

Drop off items until March 25 at Jewish Federation or at participating synagogues and agencies (location list coming soon). For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.

Volunteer Opportunities

Through volunteering, you can give back to the community here in northern New Jersey, Israel and around the world! Jewish Federation can help you find unique and fun volunteer opportunities through the various organizations we are connected to. Share your interests and get involved today! For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.