Changing Lives on Alternative Winter Break

“I’m on AWB to make a change in a person’s life, make a difference in the community, and inspire others to do the same.”  Emily Hecht, 9th grader from Westfield, NJ. “By living and working in communities where the effects of their efforts can be felt, these teens learned firsthand about the issues affecting those who live in recovering and …


There is a Light

From Alternative Winter Break Participant Jake Doobrow of Florida Today, along with my other Young Judaean friends we visited the Lantern Light Soup Kitchen. This soup kitchen not only offers food but also offers bathrooms, showers, toiletries, doctor check-ups, and help for people applying for jobs. This one guy who I had a delightful discussion with was named Paul. Paul had …


How Privileged Am I…?

From Alternative Winter Break participant Aodhan Lyons of Tuscon, AZ As wonderful and profound as it is to see a child’s smile, it is nothing compared to seeing the second part of the trip today. Going through the wealthy and simply rich portions of L.A. was stunning, beautiful, and absolutely downright painful. Every street corner had someone on it, who …


How AWB Inspires Me

I’m really excited for this experience, it’s something that you don’t really get to do everyday, and kids this age don’t really do this stuff. Not only do I get to participate in this amazing experience, but I get to go through it with some of my best friends.  – Ethan Gertzman (11th Grade, Hunterdon Central Regional High, Ringoes, NJ) …


Midnight Mission & PATH

Written by Alternative Winter Break Participant Brett Kleiman from Houston, TX As Team Rebuild headed up the street to volunteer at Midnight Mission, there was one overwhelming visual: the staggeringly high amount of homeless people lining the streets. We immediately knew how intense this day would be. Rebuild helps serve meals (and help out in general) to over 600 homeless …


AWB, Miss Debra, and Lessons for Life

From Alternative Winter Break Participant Jacob Rogatinsky from Hollywood, FL I am glad to say that day one of AWB New Orleans 2013 was a great success. For those who may be a little unfamiliar with how the program works, the volunteers are split into three groups so that we can help out in several city locales at once. Today, …





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