Local Jewish teens win big in J-Serve T-shirt design contest

Local Jewish teens win big in J-Serve T-shirt design contest

Two Pittsburgh area teens, co-chairs of the local J-Serve teen committee, won the T-shirt design contest for J-Serve 2012.

Ali Karsh and Jesse Irwin, respectively seniors at North Allegheny and Pittsburgh Allderdice high schools, created a T-shirt design that shows the international and global effect Jewish teens are making on the world, according to J-Serve.

J-Serve is an annual international community service event. This year, J-Serve is slated for Sunday, April 22. More than 10,000 teens around the world are expected to be wearing the winning T-shirt design at that time.

In Pittsburgh, some 300 Jewish teens are expected to participate in J-Serve, serving 20 different agencies to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh community. Those agencies are: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Gwen’s Girls, Family Activity Center, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Squirrel Hill Cleanup, Ronald McDonald House, Friendship Circle, NCJW Thriftique Store, Gilda’s Club, Allegheny Cleanways, Charles M. Morris Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, The Children’s Institute, Plant a Tree Pittsburgh, Bethany House, Construction Junction, Gtech Strategies, Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, Jewish National Fund phoning session and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill Branch.

More agencies could enlist before April 22, according to Nitsa Bucritz Ford, Agency for Jewish Learning teen initiative coordinator.

The AJL, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and BBYO will be participating in and supporting the J-Serve effort, which is one of the biggest area Jewish teen events of the year.

In order to keep J-Serve efforts inclusive and welcoming to any Jewish teen in Pittsburgh, the local committee consists of teens from all different affiliations and different schools throughout the city and county.

For sponsor opportunities for J-Serve day and community partnerships, contact Ford at AJL at 412-521-1101 or nford@ajlpittsburgh.org.