By Michelle Dardashti
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (JTA) - Por dignidad no podemos permanecer pasivos: "For dignity we cannot remain passive."
Painted across the soup kitchen in the impoverished El Cerro neighborhood on the outskirts of Montevideo, these words were the first thing North American students saw when they arrived at one of the primary sites of their Alternative Spring Break Tzedek Hillel project in Uruguay.
"Alternative Spring Break trips allow students to commit time and money that may have been devoted to Cancun or Miami for a cause that improves community," says Elana Premack, the Jewish Student Life Associate for Hillel at the University of Illinois who accompanied the group on its March trip.
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