Frequently Asked Questions:

What does TELEM mean anyway?

TELEM means "groove" in Hebrew. It's also an acronym in Hebrew for tenuah l'tzi'rim mitnadvim, Movement for Youth Volunteers! Together, we can make a difference!

What makes this a service learning program?

TELEM links real-world service to classroom learning and reflection. You'll learn not only how important your individual contributions are to people, but also how community service is an expression of Jewish identity. You'll learn about current societal issues—and how you can help to work for social justice.

What are the different tracks of TELEM?

TELEM offers six different tracks for teens. Connecting Generations involves students engaged in programs with the seniors; Special Needs gives students the opportunity to work with children or adults with special needs; Hunger and Homelessness teaches about the root causes of poverty while volunteering in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter; Literacy works with the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy model, teaching students to tutor under-served elementary school students in reading and writing skills; Organizing teaches students the power of building leadership and taking action to create change; Advocacy, a track designed for students in their second or third year of TELEM, teaches students about lobbying for change, taking what they learned through their service in TELEM to advocate for systemic change.

My child/student is in 6th or 7th grade. Can they participate in TELEM?

Yes! TELEM has developed a new program, B'nai TELEM for 6th and 7th grade students in their b'nai mitzvah years of Hebrew School. Please contact the TELEM Program Assistant, Shoshana Czik for more details, at 617 457 8671 or sczik@jcrcboston.org.

What is the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)?

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston is honored to be the lead organization for TELEM: Jewish Youth Making A Difference Together. JCRC promotes a society that reflects the best of American and Jewish values—in Greater Boston, Israel and around the world—by convening and mobilizing the Jewish community. Through advocacy, organizing, service and partnerships, JCRC pursues social justice, ensures a vibrant Jewish community, and builds a network of support for Israel. JCRC pursues social justice by taking action to raise awareness, build coalitions, develop leaders, and promote volunteer service to effect change in the broader community.