GBJCL TELEM Jewish Day School Literacy Partnerships

Boston area Jewish Day schools participate in GBJCL in partnership with TELEM, JCRC’s teen service learning program. GBJCL and TELEM staff work with the day school in establishing a partnership with a local public school, where the day school students will volunteer reading one-on-one as reading buddies to younger students. We support these programs by providing literacy training for day school students and support throughout the year.

Who Participates?
• Day school students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The day school designates which grade they would like to participate in the program.
• The students at the partner school are usually in grades 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Program Models:
• Day schools coordinate with their partner school to determine the best volunteering schedule
• TELEM offers a flexible program model with varying levels of commitment. Current programs volunteer with their partner school 8-10 times over the course of one semester, once a month, or once a week. Extended Engagement Opportunities:
• Students at the day school can do a book drive for their bar or bat mitzvah service project to benefit their partner school. – insert link
• In between visits groups can exchange pen pal letters.
• Day school can host their reading buddies at their school for an end of the year celebration.

GBJCL and TELEM Bar and Bat Mitzvah Book Drive

GBJCL has designed multiple options for students to engage in a mitzvah project book drive for a local public school. GBJCL and synagogue staff will work with parents and students to design and tailor a program that is both realistic and meaningful for a student’s upcoming simcha. During this process, students will receive book list requests from partner schools and collect books for the school. For all book drives, JCRC can partner with synagogue staff to educate the participating student in service work and its impact. In addition to a book drive, students can also:

 Author Visit– Boston Public Schools only

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