By Sara Ivry 

Growing number of young Jews turning to service to express their Jewish values

 

February 17, 2023

Volunteers paint and restore a community space during MLK Weekend of service in New York.

When Jon Cohen was in college a decade ago studying biology and chemistry with plans for medical school, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the world beyond the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee.

So he and some friends decided to launch a community project teaching science to children from low-income households living nearby. Every Friday, they'd conduct experiments with the kids designed to spark excitement and curiosity about the world around them in a way that would leave an impact on them beyond school.

The idea of service was something Cohen had grown up with in his...



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