Blast From the Past – AWB 2009 – David Smith

They say it’s a small world and it truly is.  Who would have guessed that we would have had the chance to hear a Holocaust survivor’s story at the Hebrew Home after two hours of mingling with the residents this Christmas?!  We spent our day spreading cheery optimism at Hebrew Home with upbeat conversation and even some dancing.  We then …


Fifth Time Around: Staff Reflection – Hillary Borker

Yesterday, my group of 7 participants and I worked on finishing Cathy’s house. This included tediously scrubbing the windows with toothbrushes in order to make sure they’d pass the lead inspection as well as laying mulch around the yard and paths to the house. Finishing up the house really put into perspective how much time and effort really goes into …


Appreciate Appreciate Appreciate – David Ioffe

Yesterday we volunteered at the St. Bernard project. We were divided into two groups, and mine helped build a house from scratch. There used to be a house there but when the hurricane hit, it was completely destroyed. Then the project began. What they do is that they buy houses for the low and sell it for the amount of …


I Am a Witness – Sarah Tessler

Today we got to witness the liveliness of the amazing city of New Orleans. We went from seeing homes that were destroyed by hurricane Katrina to seeing a beautifully restored city. From walking from our hotel to the French quarter we got to see why everyone loves this city so much. No matter how bad the storm got everyone managed …


Rewards (and I don’t mean the Beignets) – Ari Gilboa

Today we worked with the St. Bernard Project, by helping with the finishing touches on two different houses that had been destroyed in the hurricane. I worked in the house of someone who bought it as their dream home two years before Katrina hit, and who has been waiting 11 years to get it back. I really enjoyed this and had …


AWB 2016 Pics and Articles

  Since landing in NOLA and Los Angeles, our teens have been working, learning and playing hard.  Check out the daily updates for both trips… New Orleans Day 1 Pictures Los Angeles Day 1 Pictures New Orleans Day 2 Pictures Los Angeles Day 2 Pictures New Orleans Day 3 Pictures Los Angeles Day 3 Pictures New Orleans Day 4 Pictures …


Blast from the Past – Naomi Solkowitz – AWB New Orleans 2013

My name is Naomi Solkowitz, I’m from Maryland and I’m National Mazkira (President) of Young Judaea. This was my third year on Alternative Winter Break New Orleans, and what a trip it has been. From helping out Ms. Debra in a community Garden to installing energy efficient light bulbs, I know we might not have changed the whole world, but …


A Texans Point of View – Jennifer Greenspan

On the third day of Hannukah, we attended the Santa Monica Police Department. We traveled downstairs to a room that they described as the “squad room.” Being from Texas, I felt uncomfortable talking about gun usage and weapons. In a state that does not normalize this type of behavior, I believe it made it easier for the Santa Monica police …


Yearning to Make a Difference – Sylvia Atwood

The first day of Alternative Winter Break, to me, served as an introduction into the major homeless problem that LA faces. We met with a police officer who was a liaison for the homeless community in Santa Monica to help them get off the streets. While we learned a lot about the police force and their role in the lives …


Three Questions – Rachel Powell

This is my fourth year participating in alternative winter break, my third year in Los Angeles. I have met many PEOPLE. I put an emphasis on the word people because if I have learned anything I have learned that the homeless community consist of people just like you and me that have just experience a different series of life events. …





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