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

Save the Date | Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 10:00 – 11:30 am and 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Jewish Federation’s Mitzvah Day offers volunteer projects that will improve the lives of others in our community and in Israel. Together, let’s make a difference. For more information, please contact Beth Figman at bethf@jfnnj.org or call 201-820-3947.

Bergen Reads

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is pleased to announce that starting this fall, the Bergen Reads program will transition to the Bergen Volunteer Center Hackensack. The two non-profits will be working together this summer to ensure a smooth transition for the 125 volunteers and the 300 students in the program.

“The Bergen Volunteer Center is thrilled to be working with Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey on Bergen Reads in the 2019-2020 school year,” says Lynne Algrant, CEO of BVC. “By engaging volunteers to help young readers, Bergen Reads both improves the lives of young readers and strengthens the community by promoting and advancing literacy. At the Bergen Volunteer Center, we are committed to engaging volunteers to meet community needs in meaningful and impactful ways. Thus, Bergen Reads is a natural fit for us to manage and help grow.”

The principals, administrators, teachers, and volunteers are all looking forward to working with the Bergen Volunteer Center and feel confident that the program will continue seamlessly. Jason Shames, CEO, Jewish Federation, said: “Federation is very proud to have brought this program to the community 19 years ago and now, through our collaboration with Bergen Volunteer Center we are confident this program will continue to grow and flourish.”

Supplies for Success

Thursday, August 15 and Sunday, August 18 at 10:00 am
Join us! Set up/pack backpacks for kids in need in northern New Jersey. Our goal is to make sure that as many children as possible start school with a brand-new backpack, filled to the brim with school supplies. $18 fills a backpack for one child. Please fill as many backpacks for as many children as you can. We greatly appreciate it! 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

Save the Date | Sunday, March 29, 2019 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Help Jewish Federation fill local food pantries during 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 at Jewish Federation or at participating synagogues and agencies. 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.