The Justice League is an elite cadre of seven teens who are empowered to lead the charge in advocating for social justice within a Jewish Service Learning context. Justice League members engage in this year-long term of service which enriches them academically, professionally, and spiritually while simultaneously positioning them as a beacon of Tzedek - Justice for our community by organizing and leading local Jewish Service Learning events. Each Justice League squad includes a veteran Justice Leaguer who serves as the Chief Justice and secretary. (And yes – they wear capes.)
Each Justice League member commits to the following areas of responsibility and may be awarded a stipend of up to $1,000 at the end of the year once they fulfill their commitments in the following four categories:
Participating in at least 1 Jewish Service Learning event each month
At least one of the following outreach duties must be performed each month:
Performing “phonathons” of teens asking them to sign up for our programs.
Updating our contact logs with volunteer information.
Logging reflection forms for Jewish Service Learning events
Serving as an ambassador to talk about JTEENGMW programs.
Participating in an immersive fall curriculum where Jewish perspectives on a diverse array of Social Justice issues are discussed before providing training on how best to address some of these issues.
Research Project: Analyzing a major current Social Justice issue and researching to discover the Jewish perspectives on this issue. These findings are compiled into a paper, power-point, video, or skit that can be easily presented to convey what was learned.
Serving on the JServe committee and organizing, recruiting for, and leading one community service project for JServe in April
Presentation: Presenting their research project in a public setting and guiding a discussion on the topic by the audience.
Throughout the school year, the Justice League members participate in immersive conversations, discussing the root causes of societal problems, contemporary injustices, issues facing the Jewish community, Jewish values, and approaches to justice, and how to make an impact in a serious, sustainable way. These cape-wearing ambassadors of social justice through Judaism interact and impact over 600 teens through their leadership roles with Mitzvah Mania, Iris Teen Tzedakah, Summer Teen Expo, and especially with J-Serve.
Never shying away from a challenge, the members of the Justice League choose controversial and difficult Social Justice topics to find the Jewish perspective on for their research presentations. Topics have included the Syrian refugee crisis, the assimilation of Yemeni Jews, environmental degradation, homelessness, and freedom of information. As they are learners and not experts, their talks are framed as conversation starters, sparking rigorous dialogue and debate when presented at their graduation ceremony.
Becoming a Justice League member is by invitation only to former participants of previous JTEEN-GMW programs.
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