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Hillel Promotes 'Alternative' Spring Breaks

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By E.B. SOLOMONT
Jerusalem Post Correspondent
21/03/2010

More students are opting to spend their vacations working on community service projects.

NEW YORK - Over her winter vacation in March, Adina Goldwasser traveled to Guatemala to help build a medical center. During her spring break last week, the college junior traveled to New York City with Hillel to repaint two community centers in Harlem.

"Seeing the people we're affecting, one on one, gives me such a good feeling," said Goldwasser, a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

As some students increasingly opt to spend their breaks immersed in service projects, Goldwasser was one of 32 students who traveled to New York to take part in a new collaboration between Hillel and City Year, a youth service program that places volunteers around the US year-round.

It is an unusual partnership that kicked off in January with a pilot service program in Los Angeles. This spring, the organizations are running four "urban" alternative spring break trips for Jewish students, in LA, Miami and New York in what officials from Hillel and City Year said is the first large-scale partnership between Jewish and secular national service organizations.

Read more in The Jerusalem Post


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