The “Break” that Heals – Young Judaea’s Alternative Winter Break

25Aug10

For the 4th year in a row, Young Judaea’s Alternative Winter Break (AWB) program will bring Jewish high school teen volunteers during their winter break from school to an area in which they can make an impact.  During this life-changing seven-day supervised experience, students will live Jewish values in a real way.

Click above to watch the video and see how you can participate!

In recent years, Alternative Winter Break participants went to the Gulf area devastated by Hurricane Katrina for cleanup and repair of housing.  They also spent time with children in play and storytelling.  This year, the students will return to that area to help with the cleanup from the Gulf oil spill, witnessing firsthand the ecological and economic devastation afflicting an area still recovering from past catastrophes.

As a result of their participation in this program, teens develop a deeper commitment to service, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (social justice) as a part of their daily lives.  Young Judaea’s Alternative Winter Break program is grateful to many donors whose generosity enables this worthwhile experience to continue.  Recently, one Hadassah member chose to honor the memory of a dear friend who loved children with a special donation that will help to subsidize this year’s AWB program.

Alternative Winter Break 2010 for 9th-12th graders will be held in the Gulf Area.

For more information, go to winterbreak@youngjudaea.org .

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