Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Service Learning Course

JS 390cs: Service Learning in the Jewish Community

This course provides CSUN students with an opportunity for civic engagement and work experience in the non-profit social welfare and political action sector of the Los Angeles Jewish community. The course is open to upper-division students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all Majors and Minors, with permission of the instructor.

Students in Service Learning in the Jewish Community work 100 hours (6-8 hours per week) in a non-profit organization. Students also meet bimonthly to share their work experiences, problem-solve, hear guest lectures, gain work-related skills, and discuss the reading. Writing assignments include weekly journals of the work experience; and at the end of the semester, and each student writes an evaluation research paper to analyze his or her practical experience. $1000 stipend is paid to students engaged in non-salaried work at the successful completion of course work.

The professor finds appropriate work placements in accordance with students' interests.

This course will now be offered every semester.  The application process starts during the semester prior to the course offering.  

For more information or to apply for enrollment, email Dr. Terry Hatkoff.

Benefits

  • Learn skills relevant to future careers
  • "Try out" a possible career
  • Find a mentor, a role model, and students with similar interests
  • Receive personal satisfaction from helping others
  • Fulfill upper-division General Education requirements in Section
  • Fulfill internship requirement in your Major
  • $1000 stipend upon successful completion of the course

Example Internship Placements

  • Peer counseling and advocacy for recovering addicts (Beit Tshuvah)
  • Legal aid for the poor and elderly (Bet Tzedek)
  • Political Action (Jewish World Watch, Jewish Labor Commitee)
  • Journalism (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
  • Assistant to the Musical Director (L.A. Jewish Symphony)
  • Student Outreach (Hillel)
  • Domestic Abuse hotline trainee (Family Violence Project)
  • Human Relations (Jewish Vocational Service)
  • Program Activities (Haverim Program for Disabled Adults, synagogue youth groups)
  • Program activities for the elderly (Jewish Home for the Aging, Valley Storefront)
  • Public Relations (Jewish Federation, Valley Alliance Office)
  • Teacher's Assistant (Valley Beth Shalom, Temple Ahavat Shalom, West Valley Jewish Community Center)