Spring break has moved beyond the beach - 'alternative breaks' are now a major trend on college campuses. Elon Hillel sponsors Alternative Spring Break trips every year. These Hillel alternative break programs are linked with creative learning programs that focus on the Jewish imperative of service to the community.
The Elon Hillel 2014 Alternative Spring Break trip will be to New Orleans with the Jewish Farm School March 23-30.
What is Jewish Farm School's Organic Farming Alternative Break (OFAB)??
It is a weeklong farm-immersion experience in which students will be volunteering on urban and rural sustainable farms. Over the course of the week, participants will learn a wide range of skills in sustainable and organic agriculture such as planting, harvesting, natural building and composting. To complement the physical work, participants will have the opportunity to engage in text study and discuss with experts, topics such as Jewish agricultural laws, the agricultural roots of the Jewish calendar, and global food security. They will gain exposure to the growing food justice movement, both within the Jewish and secular worlds.
We will be staying the HandsOn New Orleans Volunter Bunkhouse where we will prepare our meals using produce from local farms.
Fake Break Alternative Service Trip, January 2013
In January, 2013, Elon Hillel took a "fake break" alternative service tip, during the break between Winter and Spring terms. Ten Elon students traveled to West Palm Beach Florida for a week of working with Habitat for Humanity. The trip included time for work, play, and reflection. This alternative break was supported in part by Repair the Worldand Hillel: The Foundation for Jewishc Campus life.
We are honored to announce the establishment of the Sydnie Krause Hillel Alternative Spring Break Fund, established by Sydnie Krause '11 to support student participation in Hillel's alternative spring break trips. Read about the fund and Sydnie's decision to support Elon Hillel's ASB trips.
Check out Ilana Israel's YouTube video of our Nicaragua trip.
Also, read about Elon Hillel's 2012 Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua: "Elon Hillel gives back to Nicaraguan community" and "Community and Service After College."
Working in the wood shop in Nicaragua, March 2012
Harvesting lettuce in Central Valley, California, ASB 2011
2009: Our ASB was in Montevideo, Uruguay
2010: Our ASB was in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011: Our ASB was to Los Angeles with Jewish Funds for Justice. You could follow us on Twitter with daily tweets from our Alternative Spring Break in Los Angeles
2012: Our ASB was to Nicaragua with American Jewish World Service
2013: "Fake Break" trip in January/February will be to West Palm Beach, Florida, to work with Habitat for Humanity
2014: Our ASB will be to New Orleans with the Jewish Farm School
"The ASB trip was an eye opening experience that helped me connect with other Elon students and explore the meaning of being Jewish and how it connects to social justice."
Mat Goldberg, '14, participant in 2010 Alternative Spring Break trip
Painting a struggling synagogue in Buenos Aires, 2010
"Seeing and experiencing [the Jewish community in Argentina] allowed me to realize the uttermost importance of a community. In order to ensure our survival as a people, we must depend on each other. Just as the community in Argentina depends on each other to preserve their lifestyles, we must be ready to do the same if presented with a similar situation. If we are unable to survive our community for any reasons, I have learned from the Alternative Spring Break program that there is a world of Jewish brothers and sisters who are there to support us in any struggle.
Ron Yardenay, '11, participant in both 2009 and 2010 Alternative Spring Breaks
The Sklut Hillel Center is located at 401 E. College Avenue, at the corner of E. College & Antioch, across from the tennis courts
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Nancy Luberoff, MSW
2960 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
336-278-7729 or 336-278-7351