TELEM is about making a difference, and by combining community service with unique Jewish learning and peer reflection, students are given the opportunity to effect real change.

The TELEM blog offers a different perspective of program experiences, and we welcome posts from all of our students, parents, teachers, and community members on what inspires them to get involved in their communities.  To read our latest blog posts please check us out on

TELEM honors Pam Weil

Posted on September 16, 2014 by TELEM

It was a lovely, music-filled Kabalat Shabbat service on May 30 as the Temple Beth David community in Westwood honored Pam Weil for her 17 years of service as Education Director of their religious school. Pam retired from that position at the end of this past school year and in doing so, TELEM has lost a valued partner.

Happy Anniversary TELEM!

Posted on September 16, 2014 by TELEM

It is with great joy, gratitude and sense of accomplishment that we are beginning TELEM’s 10th year!

TELEM Presents the Second Annual Fran Litner TELEM Service Award

Posted on September 16, 2014 by TELEM

TELEM students in most Connecting Generations programs build their connections to their service site while volunteering throughout the TELEM program year. One TELEM student, Jessica Leigh, knew her service site long before she joined TELEM.

“If it weren’t for volunteer groups like yours, I wouldn’t be living in my house now.”

Posted on September 16, 2014 by TELEM

That statement from Beth Henry - whose Hurricane Sandy-flooded home was repaired by volunteers with the New York Says Thank You group - hit at the heart of why our group of 8 TELEM teens and 3 chaperones were once again donning hammers and crowbars in Queens, NY.

A Graduate’s Story of Service through TELEM

Posted on September 16, 2014 by TELEM

David Fishman was a tutor for two years in the JCC/TELEM Literacy Corps. This corps brought Lexington High School students to the Medford Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Tuesdays to assist first and second graders with homework, reading and academic skill development in their “Power Hour” academic enrichment time. The experience at MBGC had a profound impact on David.

South Area service Trip to Long Island

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Barry Glass

Teens from South Area TELEMyouth traveled to Long Island to volunteer and help with Hurricane Sandy relief.

December 2012/Kislev 5773

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Shoshana

TELEMTalk Hanukkah 2012 Newsletter, article by Barry Glass

South Area TELEMyouth: A Great New Teen Program in the South Area!

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Shoshana Czik

An article for the TELEMTalk Hanukkah 2012 newsletter about the new South Area TELEMyouth regional program.

TELEM and Environmental Sustainability: A Hot New Service-Learning Program

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Emily Reichman

Emily Reichman's TELEMTalk Hanukkah 2012 article about the new Environmental Sustainability track.

New Innovations: South Area TELEMyouth

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Shoshana Czik

The South Area TELEMyouth Initiative (SATY) is collaboration between TELEM, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), South Area congregations and CJP to provide Jewish teens with multiple opportunities to participate in TELEM programming. The key innovation of this initiative is a program that allows teens to choose from among 5 different TELEM programs, each offered at a different time and based in 5 different ‘hub’ congregations. Teens can choose a program that fits their needs and schedule and are not limited to the program based in their ‘home’/membership congregation. In addition to the hub program, SATY includes service trip options and supplemental educational programs based in the 5 hub congregations.

The Clean-Up Continues

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Shoshana Czik

Machon teens from Eisner camp volunteered over two days to help clean up Springfield, MA after last summer's tornadoes.

Why Was This Night’s Seder Different From All Other Nights?

Posted on May 6, 2012 by Barry Glass

TELEM partnered with Temple Israel in Sharon and the JCPA to host a hunger seder. Barry Glass, TELEM Director, shares his experience with this year's seder and the importance of acting now to address poverty.

Not Always What You Expect

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Emily Reichman

TELEM students from Temple Betyh Torah learn valuable lesssons from their service experience at the Medway Family Shelter including volunteerism is not always what you expect it to be.

One Visit at a Time

Posted on February 22, 2012 by Rabbi Sally Finestone

Rabbi Sally Finestone from Congregation Or Atid shares the experience of her students working with adults with special needs.

Dancing For Life

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Shoshana Czik

TELEM's Program Assistant, Shoshana, shares how a transformative community service experience can create meaningful connections that impact you for the rest of your life.

The Way I Repair the World

Posted on January 5, 2012 by Tova Weinronk

Tova Weinronk, a TELEM participant, shares her experiences as a volunteeer with the JCC literacy program.

Resilience and Hope in New Orleans

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Jeremy Burton

Executive Director of the JCRC, Jeremy Burton, shares a meaningful service experience in New Orleans.

TELEM Teens Share their Stories at Limmud, Boston

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Barry Glass

TELEM student participants share their stories and perspectives on service, learning, and volunteering with their Jewish peers.

Temple Ohabei Shalom at the Dorchester Boys and Gils Club

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Emily

TELEM students from Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline read with students at the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club!

Parshat Noach

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Emily

TELEM educator Larisa Klebe delivered the d'var torah for the TELEM Professional Committee Meeting in October. We are excited to share her inspriring insights into parshat Noach!

TELEM Slide Show

Posted on November 15, 2011 by TELEM

Photos of teens volunteering from 2005-2011

a look back on two years of service...

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Trevor

As TELEM wraps up its sixth year of giving back to the Greater Boston community, we're re-visiting some of our favorite student authors. Check out this update from Trevor Haas, who we first met at JCRC's 2010 Annual Meeting.

Taking Action to Make Change

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Jesse

Do you care about social change? What about the development of young leaders? Do you want to cross the barriers of race, class and neighborhood? Then learn more about TELEM Organizing at an ACTION on May 23rd at Temple Israel Boston.

It Takes a Village

Posted on May 4, 2011 by Laura

Blog post by Laura Sutherland, junior at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, about her experience volunteering on a service immersion trip in New Orleans.

How I Give My Best

Posted on April 27, 2011 by TELEM

B'nai TELEM student reflects on his experience in the program, and how he gives back to the community, giving the best he can.

Acts of Loving Kindness

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Daniel

One B'nai TELEM student discusses why he volunteers, and what kind of impact that has had on him.

Are you hungry for justice?

Posted on April 6, 2011 by Bryanne

Are you hungry for justice? Then take a seat at TELEM and Temple Israel Sharon's Hunger Sedar. Read more in this blog post about this unique and exciting event.

It is not up to you to finish the task, but you are not free to avoid it.

Posted on March 30, 2011 by Miriam Berk

B'nai TELEM Coordinator Miriam Berk talks about what B'nai TELEM means to her synagogue and students, at Temple Reyim in Newton.

Compelled to Serve: What really inspires us to volunteer?

Posted on March 23, 2011 by Emily

Compelled to Serve: What really inspires us to volunteer? B'nai TELEM Coordinator Emily Reichman discusses her personal experience becoming a bat mitzvah, and how that influences here work and passion for B'nai TELEM today.

I may not work miracles, but I do something great: I volunteer.

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Hannah

TELEM student, Hannah Weinronk reflects on her experience in the JCC Teens for Tzedek program, volunteering at the Medford Boys and Girls Club.

Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn.

Posted on March 9, 2011 by Bryanne

What is service learning, and what does that mean for TELEM?

Welcome to the TELEM Blog!!

Posted on March 3, 2011 by TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together

Have you ever done community service wishing you knew more about the people you were working with, their stories, or why your actions were important?