A History of Helping

Since the early 1980s, the Va'ad has flourished, providing some of the most rewarding activities at JTS. This is because what the Va'ad does is cocurricular and not extracurricular. Daily, students learn and faculty members teach about the Torah values of community outreach. With guidance and support from the Va'ad, members of the community, put their learning and teaching into practice.

The Va'ad has a history of responding quickly and effectively to national and world need in times of emergency. Students organize special fundraising events to benefit tragedy-stricken communities, aid the victims of natural disasters, and strengthen and support the State of Israel.

Doing gemilut hasadim is an ongoing and long-term process. Sometimes the need can seem vast and overhwleming. But the Va'ad reminds people that the task begins one person at a time.

To learn more, please contact the Va’ad by
phone at (212) 678-8916 or by email at
vaad@jtsa.edu,
or visit the Va'ad office (Unterberg 212).

Soviet Jewry Rally

JTS students carrying the banner at the Soviet Jewry Rally in December 1987.