Seeing as how we have just begun the Jewish new year of 5773, it seems apt to talk about one of JVN’s key projects for the – albeit the Gregorian year of 2012. The Jubilee year has brought with it the Jubilee Hour initiative, the idea being that we all donate 60 minutes of our time this year to mark Her Majesty’s 60 years of public service to the nation. You may have noticed a big purple banner on the JVN website promoting it? This is because JVN, on behalf of the Board of Deputies, is aiming to record at least 10,000 hours of volunteering undertaken by members of the Jewish community to mark their Jubilee Hour. At the end of the year the official figure will be presented to The Queen by the Board to show our community’s commitment to giving back to society.
In order to meet out total, we need your help! We have a special page dedicated to the Jubilee Hour campaign set up on the JVN website, which you can access by clicking on the banner on our homepage or by going direct to www.jvn.org.uk/jubilee. Here you will find information about the Jubilee Hour campaign and JVN and the Board’s commitment to it. There is also a form on the right hand side of the page where you can tell us all about your volunteering this year, which you can backdate to January, plus any volunteering you are planning to do up until December. Just say what you’re doing, where you’re doing it and how many hours you are contributing. We also have a counter at the top of the page recording how many hours we have collected so far, to which we will add your hours.
It only takes a minute so please do visit the page and record your volunteering. And if you know anyone else volunteering this year, please ask them to do the same! Remember, the link is www.jvn.org.uk/jubilee. In order to to get inspired, why not follow the Jubilee Hour Twitter feed to see what other people have been up to. Or you can visit the official Jubilee Hour website to see the total number of hours recorded nationwide so far – over 2 million! And look out for our bi-weekly feature in the Jewish News, featuring news on the Jubilee Hour and our volunteer of the week.
In the meantime, here are the volunteering opportunities of the week:
The European Academy for Jewish Liturgy (EAJL) is a unique teaching organisation; inspiring leaders of Jewish prayer all over the world. An ‘Academy without Walls’. It is pluralist and trains people right across the religious spectrum – from any denomination. Its professional team all work on a voluntary basis. They the following volunteers:
- Grant Application Volunteer – to find out about appropriate grants and to apply for them. Time commitment approximately 1-2 hours per week (flexible).
- Publicity Wizard – to help write our twice yearly (electronic)Newsletter and prepare flyers for events. Time commitment approximately 2-4 hours per week.
- Archivist – archiving video and audio material from our seminars and events. Needs to be archived electronically and put on Youtube or other electronic facilities. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week.
If you are interested, pease contact Jaclyn Chernett on Jaclyn@eajl.org.