Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Breaks must meet the following guidelines:
• Trip length of at least seven days
• 25 hours of direct hands-on service that addresses genuine and unmet community needs
• 10 hours of education exploring the intersection of Judaism and social justice (broadly defined as reflection, discussions, speakers, etc.) as well as learning about the particular issue connected to the volunteering. An interfaith trip should look at the issue areas through multiple religious or cultural lenses.
• One CJL staff member will accompany each group to serve as the trip educator.
• A minimum of 3 pre-trip sessions that focus on team-building, setting expectations, learning about the type of service/location, beginning exploration of the issue and logistics.
Students are strongly encouraged to work in teams of two to co-lead trips. Leaders should complement one another's strengths and passions (for example, one might love logistics, the other might prefer planning the service project).
Both leaders should be organized, responsible, and committed.
Leaders are expected to dedicate 5-10 hours a week to planning in the months leading up to the trip. Leaders will meet for weekly check-ins with Rabbi Sara and the student coordinator.
After submitting their trip proposal, prospective leaders will be contacted to schedule an interview. If you are intending to submit a proposal, you should be in touch with Rabbi Sara in advance of the deadline in order to schedule your interview.
Trip leaders have access to a number of sources of funding, including the CJL and our partners the Hillel Schusterman International Center and Repair the World. Leaders can also seek funding from academic departments, campus organizations and private grants. Student participants will also be expected to pay a portion of the trip fees. Need-based financial aid will also be available.
You are encouraged to work with service providers and community partners who have a positive reputation for meaningful service. Here are a couple of suggested partners:
Sample Itineraries and Resources
Please email Rabbi Sara (slrich@) to request an application. You must also complete the budget form below and email it back to Rabbi Sara. Applications and budgets are both due on Monday, December 2. Interviews will take place December 3-5.