Chesapeake Bay Climate Action Empowerment Alternative Spring Break

Empower and equip yourself as a leader of positive change, as you enjoy the restorative, inspiring Jewish farm and rolling hills of Pearlstone Retreat Center. While centering self-care via organic food, daily morning practice, and meaningful ritual, you will dive deep into action steps one can take to address food justice, environmental sustainability, and climate change on your own campus.

Our Priorities

Hillel’s social impact is rooted in traditional Jewish imperatives: tzedek (justice), tikkun olam (repair of the world), and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness).

Through a partnership with Repair the World, 250 Service Engagement Interns will engage thousands of Jewish students in service projects. We’re relaunching our Alternative Spring Break program to provide meaningful opportunities, domestically and abroad, for Hillel students to engage in deep and transformative service learning.

In 2022, with the support of an interfaith microgrant, 4,000 students at 31 Hillels participated in interfaith projects. Approximately half of the students participants were Jewish and half were from other faith traditions.

Thousands of students participate in Hillel’s signature and nonpartisan MitzVote program, facilitated by more than 150 campus Hillels across the U.S., supporting democracy through a variety of strategies funded by MitzVote microgrants and numerous MitzVote projects and partnerships.

Hillel International is a signatory of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, which launched on Sept. 15, 2022, and is in the process of developing a new Climate Action Plan with the Climate and Environmental Sustainability Working Group.

We’re expanding upon existing resources to support abortion access and reproductive freedom for staff and students in partnership with National Council of Jewish Women and others. Read Hillel International’s statement on abortion access.

In 2023, Hillel International is running a cohort program, called the Arc of Change Fellowship, in partnership with Dimensions Consulting. Campus Hillels will have access to our Racial Justice Training as well as tailored consulting through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at Hillel International.

Contact the Social Impact team at Hillel International for more information or to get involved: [email protected].