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CONGRATULATIONS "CHICAGO JEWISH TEENS GOT TALENT" PARTICIPANTS

Congratulations to the participants of the December 7th Chicago Jewish Teens Got Talent Competition!

Performers included: Rachel Beram and Rebecca Duxler, Zach Epstein, Esther Fishbein, Mark Hafter, Jessica Morgan, Rachel Patterson, Dana Podell and Stephanie Shparago, and Ilana Shechter.

The performances were outstanding, and included singing, guitar, dancing, poetry, and a flute-clarinet duo. Voting was extremely close, but the winners were:

Third place: Esther Fishbein, with her beautiful guitar solo
Second place: Rachel Patterson, with her thought-provoking poem about racism
First place: Ilana Shechter, who performed her original song, To The East

A big thank you to all participants who helped out at the Mitzvahpalooza volunteer stations. The much-needed canned food donations went to The ARK and EZRA, fleece-tie blankets are keeping residents warm at CJE SeniorLife , letters to Israeli soldiers are currently en-route, 95 flashcards were given to HIAS and over 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were enjoyed by clients of Cornerstone Community Outreach! We hope you will join us for J-Serve 2009, see details below.

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TOV MTV - MONTHLY TEEN VOLUNTEERING
Join teens from around Chicago for our upcoming hands-on volunteer projects!

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19th, come help serve a meal to those who are hungry. The mission of the Good News Community Kitchen in Rogers Park is to reduce hunger in the greater Chicago community by providing daily meals.

When: Monday, January 19th
Where: Good News Community Kitchen, 7649 N. Paulina, Chicago, 60626
Time: 4:30-7:00pm
*Space is limited.

On President's Day, Monday, February 16th, we will be helping out at JUF's Uptown Cafe, where volunteers serve food and converse with guests at their tables. Volunteers are encouraged to enjoy a meal with guests, as many diners are socially isolated and in need of person-to-person contact.

When: Monday, February 16th
Where: JUF Uptown Cafe, 909 W. Wilson Avenue (between Hazel and Sheridan) in the Dina & Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center, Chicago
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
*Space is limited.

To register for a project, or if you have any questions, please contact Brett Klugman, Program Coordinator, Teen Volunteer Initiatives at 312-357-4928 or BrettKlugman@juf.org.

If you are active in a youth group or work as a youth group advisor, special TOV MTV programs can be coordinated for your group. For more information please contact Brett Klugman at 312-357-4928 or BrettKlugman@juf.org.

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J-SERVE 2009
Mark your calendars for April 26th, 2009! In honor of J-Serve, the National Day of Jewish Youth Service, there will be several fun volunteer projects to choose from to accommodate your schedule and interests! Stay tuned for more information...
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SAVE THE DATE FOR CAMP TOV 2009!

We're excited to announce the dates for the two sessions of Camp TOV 2009:

  • August 10-14
  • August 17-21

Camp TOV is a week long, fun, interactive service oriented program on wheels. Each day brings a new volunteer project and service-learning experience, focusing on: poverty, hunger, homelessness, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly, leadership skills and more. Seventh through tenth grade teens from throughout the city and suburbs of Chicago will be brought together for what promises to be a memorable summer learning experience!

For more information, to recieve promotional materials or to register, please contact Brett Klugman at 312-357-4928 or BrettKlugman@juf.org.

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THE EVERETT KOVLER SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Through the generosity of the Kovler family, two Kovler scholarships will be awarded ($10,000 each/per year of study toward a four year undergraduate program) to high school seniors beginning college in the fall of 2009. Students must have financial need and minimum of a B average academically. Math and business majors are preferred. Students must be born and/or raised in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Questions? Please contact Rose Dessau at 312-673-3428 or rosedessau@jvschicago.org.

To request an application, please contact Jewish Vocational Service, Attn: Kovler Scholarship Secretary, 312-673-3457 or jvskovler@jvschicago.org. Application deadline is March 1st, 2009.

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CHECK OUT UPCOMING TEEN EVENTS!

Click here for your guide to upcoming teen events throughout the year!

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