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Faith on Facebook

September 16, 2016

Following the recent guest blog from David Chait, here’s our perspective on his Modern Open Orthodox Facebook group and the benefits of online communities in bringing people together for social action. Here at JVN we are proud to promote volunteering through all avenues in the Jewish community. Faith based groups allow people to volunteer in an […]

Guest Blog: Modern Open Orthodox


The Facebook group Modern Open Orthodox is a place where the Orthodox Jewish community can come together online and share their views, problems and solutions. David Chait tells us what the purpose of the group is, why he set it up and how it is helping people. Being connected to the organised Jewish community is incredible. You get […]

Claire’s Refugee Story

Volunteers- Lesbos
August 22, 2016

Claire Lemer is Consultant in General Paediatrics and Service Transformation at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, based at St Thomas’. She is also a member of HGSS and co- chair of US Women, alongside her role as a trustee of the US. This year, Claire volunteered for two weeks in a refugee camp in Lesbos, […]

Let all those who are hungry come and eat

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April 20, 2016

The refugee “crisis” in Europe has spurred many into action and there are plenty of people in our own Jewish community eager to help those in need. JVN is coordinating the volunteering effort on behalf of the Jewish community. Our Director Leonie Lewis here gives her perspective on the situation and notes how, with Pesach […]

Volunteering In Your Pocket – Microvolunteering Day, 15th April #MicroDay

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April 13, 2016

Volunteering is part of daily life. It appeals to all ages, genders, ethnicities and religious groups. There are many reasons why we take our time out to participate. For students and graduates, it’s part of building our CV into a tree of success. It appeals to those who have retired and want to spend their […]

When a Crisis is a Volunteering Opportunity

March 23, 2016

It is widely known that, arguably, the Japanese word for crisis – “kiki” – is comprised of their words for danger and opportunity. One of our star members of the JVN Ad Hoc Volunteering Squad, Sue Krisman, recently volunteered at an event led by the London Resilience Partnership, in conjunction with emergency services across the capital, called Exercise Unified […]

Sadaqa Day 2016 – A Day for All Faiths

Sadaqa Day
March 14, 2016

Sadaqa Day, which will be marked for the second time on Sunday 20th March 2016, was a new initiative started last year by the Muslim community. Modelled on the success of the Jewish community’s Mitzvah Day, it is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together and engage in social action. Sadaqa (in Arabic), or […]

Who’d Be A Volunteer?

March 2, 2016

If you’re new to volunteering, we thought it might reassure you to know that you’re in good company, and a very large company at that. Over 21 million people volunteer every year in the UK, and nearly 14 million of them do so regularly. That equates to close to 200 million hours of time given […]

Swap the Library for Life Experience in Student Volunteering Week!

February 18, 2016

Student Volunteering Week is from 22nd-28th February this year. In its 15th year, SVW is now an important fixture in the calendars of colleges and universities up and down the country, with 86 institutions taking part this year. The aim is simple: to get students enthusiastic about volunteering and showcase the range of opportunities available to […]

Go Green for 2016!

Save the Planet!
January 20, 2016

Flowers, leaves and blossom may not yet be apparent, but there are still so many things you can do for the environment. Whether you have a passion for gardening, conservation or just being eco-friendly, there are volunteering opportunities out there for you. Organisations such as Trees for Cities, Thames 21 and Big Green Jewish are […]

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