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65 years ago, 20 young people spent their summer in Indianapolis building homes for post WWII African American veterans. The world has changed in countless ways since then. However, poverty, homelessness, hunger and inequality remain all too constant in our American society. AJSS was founded to help expose young Jewish teens to these issues, give them a chance to roll up their sleeves and provide direct help to people and communities in need, and put the service work and the learning in a larger framework of Jewish values and our tradition's obligation to make the world a better place. The impact that our program had on teens in 1951 is no different than the impact we have today.
"One person often accomplishes little, but combined with the power of a community, that single contribution can be multiplied a hundredfold."
Raquel Greenfield, Louisville, 2012
Please help support AJSS as we continue to change lives and build communities.