Temple Community Service Corps

TCSC soup kitchen 2

You can make a valuable contribution to the moral and social agenda that has always defined us as Jews.


Temple Community Service Corps (TCSC) is a major project of the Social Action Committee started in 1971. It raises funds to pay stipends for young people to do volunteer work in various community agencies such as nursing homes, camps, facilities for the disabled and homeless, and youth recreation programs. This local “Peace Corps” project has provided an exciting opportunity for young people to explore new areas of challenge, gain invaluable experience working in the community, and receive personal as well as financial rewards.

  • What is TCSC?

    • CGOH sponsored community service internships
    • Nationally recognized social action program
    • The chance of a lifetime to help yourself while helping others
    • A summer job you can feel proud of (and get paid for)
    • Valuable experience in applying for college and choosing a career

    What do we do?

    • Work with children—preschool and elementary
    • Recreation and companionship for the elderly
    • Assist the homeless
    • Serve the physically and mentally challenged
    • Community housing renewal…and more
    • Work with displaced refugees (USCRI)
    • Support planned parenthood initiatives

    YOU can make a valuable contribution to the moral and social agenda that has always defined us as Jews.

    Come and find yourself in a world that needs your help!

  • Who is eligible?

    Gates member’s children who are 11th and 12th grade students (sixteen years old by September 2019) and College students.

    TCSC pays $388.50 for a 35-hour work week; 4-6 week assignments available. Part-time positions may be available (minimum internship requirement is 20 hours per week).

    Questions or more information: contact Ellen Blake (518-377-9341), Maxine George (518-382-0544) or the Temple’s office (518-374-8173).

  • Application

    Please complete the application and return it to the Temple’s office. For further information or clarification, please contact the Temple office at 518-374-8173.

  • Intern Essay Excerpts:

    ” Since I started my internship at Bethesda House, I have grown from working with a category – the impoverished and the homeless – to working with people, with men and women who have histories, experiences, families, and values…I have grown from assuming that the homeless are dangerous and irresponsible to knowing that the system often fails them…I have learned that the most violent, horrifying thing that exists in this world is ignorance…We must recognize that these people , who are often considered society’s rejects, are people of value…We must not pretend that they are invisible; we must make them visible” – Abby Feldman

    “When I heard that I was going to be working at the Hamilton Hill Arts Center, as a counselor, I was both thrilled and kind of scared. I did want to work with kids, but like many people I had a fear of the area. (But by the end of her work there, Olga had a different outlook.)…I started to understand the area isn’t as bad as many people say it is…mostly because there is a sense of unity within it..I think other societies should take some of the ideas that the Art Center has to offer…because unity is what accomplishes a goal.” – Olga Gisin

    “To be honest, when Margaret and David asked me if I wanted to work at the (Hamilton Hill) Arts Center, I really did not want to work there. I, like many other people, thought that Hamilton Hill was a very scary place where horrible things happened. I thought that all of the people would be involved in gangs and not very accepting of me…(but by the end of her internship she wrote) I am so glad that I took that risk, because I loved being there every day. I was excited to go to work and see all of the children and work with the counselors…I really enjoyed how accepting they were to me because I never felt out of place…While working there I realized that there was a sense of community… I enjoyed how close-knit their community was and how though they may not have a lot, they’re always willing to help each other out….I hope that I helped the children, because they have helped me.” – Allison Perlstein

TCSC Annual Appeal

2019 TCSC Appeal letter