Action Guide > Introduction to Jewish Service Learning

In Section I, we explored some of the Jewish ethical, theological, and
philosophical underpinnings of civic engagement. We also examined
some of the value conflicts inherent in our pursuit of a just society.

Section II is a handbook for planning and executing a successful campaign or initiative to benefit the community. It presents a conceptual framework for Jewish service-learning and civic engagement. The chapters are organized according to the PARE model of service-learning (see pp. 86-87). A leader, convener, or facilitator of a group working to implement a project can use this section as a handbook for understanding how to plan and implement a successful service project while being reflective about the work that is being accomplished. Chapter One is a primer in the basic terminology of service-learning. Chapter Two helps groups prepare for their work, including assessing the true needs of the community. Chapter Three presents a conceptual framework for different modes of civic action and can be consulted for understanding the context for the work that a group is doing. This chapter could also be taught to those who are interested in understanding the differences between the various modes of civic action. Chapter Four gives an overview of reflection and includes a number of ideas for helping participants process a tzedek experience. Finally, Chapter Five is a guide which supports facilitators and leaders in their evaluation of the servicelearning initiative.


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