TWO GREAT TRIPS FOR 2012-2013
March 22 - 25: Sandy Relief / Recovery Mini-Break NJ Shore
Join Hillel's Team Tzedek on our mini-alternative break. Currently scheduled for Friday of finals week through Monday of break (Passover starts monday night). This mini-alternative break will bring participants to the NJ coastline communities affected by Hurrican Sandy to do relief/recovery work. The exact trip dates will be determined by participant finals schedules (we may leave as early as Thursday evening) and we will conclude the break so that students can arrive home to Philadelphia / NY / DC area (or very short flight locations) in time for Passover Monday night.
Cost is TBD but definitely under $200 (hopefully under $100)
Application is now live through Drexel University:
To apply, students can log-in to CollegiateLink and complete the application (found on the OCA CollegiateLink page) by Friday, January 11, 2013. Additional application information can be found here: http://www.drexel.edu/oca/cs/asb_application.asp. Questions should be directed to
June 17 - 26: Alternative Break Israel
Join Hillel of Greater Philadelphia on this once in a life time trip to Southern Israel! We will be traveling to Israel with a wonderful partner organization,
Yahel: Israel Service Learning
With Yahel we will be volunteering in Southern Israel (primarily Philadelphia's partner regions Netivot/S'dot Negev), learning about Judaism and Social Justice and getting to know many amazing Israeli NGOs working to make Israel and the world a better place. During our trip we will be joined by a group of Israeli peers. This is not a sight-seeing tour, but rather a chance to get to know a small section of Israel in a deeper way and an opportunity to help be a part of building Israeli society. Please note, prior experience in Israel is expected for all trip participants, if you are Birthright eligible and travel on this trip you will loose your Birthright Israel eligibility.
PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS: Students who participate in this trip will be required to participate in 5-6 pre-trip educational sessions and organize one initiative related to the trip experience back on campus after the trip (for seniors we ask that you organize one initiative that engages young alumni)
Who: Open to Students from campuses served by Hillel of Greater Philadelphia
SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 students (total)
Dates: June 17 - 26, 2013
An online application and interview are required.
Click here for the online application
Online applications due by February 4, in-person or phone interview must be completed by February 8th to be eligible.
Please note that this trip is designed to include students from multiple campuses within Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and to create cohorts of students traveling back to campus to bring the experience to their broader peer networks. To that end, preference will be given to students from campuses where we have multiple applicants (to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each campus represented on the trip has more than one student participant).
Who is Yahel? What kind of organization are they?
Yahel is a leading provider of service learning experience in Israel, with whom Hillel of Greater Philadelphia has worked in the past. From their website:
Yahel is an educational organization that offers service learning and social action programs in Israel. We are passionate about getting people to work side by side in order to bring about personal and social change.
Yahel works hand in hand with partners in Israel and abroad who share our vision. We offer tailored programs for non-Israeli groups who seek to experience Israel beyond the tour bus and make a real contribution to Israeli society. Our goal is to offer high-quality immersion programs that are community based and unique in their depth and sustainability.
Why Southern Israel?
The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America has worked to develop partnership regions for American communities through a program currently known as Partnership 2Gether.
The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether platform (P2G, previously known as Partnership 2000) has become the paradigm for successfully partnering global Jewish communities directly with Israeli communities—the majority of which are in national priority areas.
An extraordinary global platform connecting some 550 communities around the world in 45 partnerships, P2G is building living bridges among these communities. Sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success; and empowering BOTH communities to generate waves of change. But the impact of these projects go far beyond the community level—each of us has the opportunity to become directly and personally involved.
Philadelphia’s partnership region is Netivot/S’dot Negev, and we believe the connection the Partnership2Gether platform provides will allow us not only to connect with Israel and pressing questions of social justice in the country but to do so while connecting with a region with which we have the possibility of long term relationship.
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