Community and acts of loving kindness are encouraged throughout the semester through volunteer projects and special visits to some of the following: old age homes, soup kitchens, residential hostels for developmentally disabled adults, a battered women’s shelter, an afternoon play center for severely handicapped children, Reform Movement pre-schools, synagogues and new immigrant absorption centers, and work towards improving Israel’s environment. Students learn about the special Jewish approach to giving of themselves as they engage in work projects. These visits often conclude with lively song sessions that bring joy into the lives of others. Students may receive credit from their home high schools and synagogues for their participation in this community service.