The Tzedek How-to Guide is a detailed resource that explains everything you need to know and every place you need to go to create innovative social justice programming. Whether your campus has been doing social justice programming for years, or is just getting started, the Tzedek How-to Guide can add value to your approach to social justice work. Tzedek How-to Guide
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Alternative Spring Breaks
Spring break has moved beyond the beach - 'alternative breaks' are now a major trend on college campuses. Over the past year, students from over 40
Hillels have taken part in alternative breaks in El Salvador, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, the Czech Republic, the Former Soviet Union and various sites throughout the United States. These Hillel alternative break programs were linked with creative learning programs that focused on the Jewish imperative of service to the community.
The Alternative Break Resource Guide contains information to make planning for your own alternative break trip smooth and complete. You'll find guide questions to get you started, text studies to use on the trip and materials to use in planning, fundraising and implementation. Alternative Break Resource Guide
Find examples of some of the domestic and international trips organized by staff and students.
Jewish Learning - BioDiversity (PDF file 27k)
Text Studies on Tzedakah (PDF file 355k) provided by the University of Southern California
Additional Tzedek Text Studies including 'Show Me More than Money: Giving Back through Alternative Spring Break.'
Tzedek Learning Resources
On1Foot.org is a social justice text-sharing site that enables you to search and browse more than 1,000 biblical, rabbinic and contemporary Jewish texts related to social justice themes, all of which are fully translated and paired with thoughtful discussion questions, create custom source sheets, and much more. Check out their Jewish texts for social justice.
Use these original text studies for discussion about social justice issues, as part of a program, or for your own study.
Ecology, Messiah and Trees (PDF file 10k)
Show Me More than Money: Giving Back through Alternative Spring Break (PDF file 7k)
Choosing a Future Without Hunger (PDF file 8k)
Social Justice and Jewish Values (PDF file 7k)
My Community - My Self and God: What is Jewish About Voting (PDF file 7k)
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CASE It! Tzedek and the Holidays
CASE It! Tzedek and the Holidays is a resource guide for campuses to integrate tzedek/social justice programming and initiatives into Jewish life on campus.
CASE It! Tzedek and the Holidays, Part I (PDF file 296k)
CASE It! Tzedek and the Holidays, Part II (PDF file 423k)
Choose among these documents for the individual holidays:
CASE It! Rosh HaShanah (PDF file 91k)
CASE It! From Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur (PDF file 58k)
CASE It! Sukkot (PDF file 103k)
CASE It! Chanukah (PDF file 59k)
CASE It! Purim (PDF file 48k)
CASE It! Passover (PDF file 64k)
CASE It! Yom Haatzma'ut (PDF file 33k)
CASE It! Shabbat (PDF file 59k)
Service Learning Manual
'Moving From Band-Aid Solutions to Systematic Change' offers information about incorporating service-learning with tzedek (justice) work. This guide explores the service-learning model of Preparation, Action and Reflection and includes the following: Easy Steps to Service-Learning; Understanding the Root Causes of a Problem; Taking Action: Direct Service, Indirect Service, Advocacy; Reflection: Multiple Intelligence Theory.
Moving From Band-Aid Solutions to Systematic Change (81k)