December 27 – 30

Young Judaea is partnering with Repair the World and Grow Torah to bring together teens from North America in our first ever (Alternative) Alternative Winter Break!

(Alternative) Alternative Winter Break will engage teens over four days of winter break. Participants will engage in Jewish and service learning, volunteer work and community building. The sessions will be facilitated by Repair the World  and Grow Torah‘s educational teams, and Young Judaea’s experienced team of madrichim (counselors). The days will be divided into virtual learning and community building as well as virtual and some in-person volunteering. 

In congruence with our National Social Action Initiative of food insecurity, our program will focus on food justice through a Jewish lens and its intersection with racial injustice.

Our volunteer opportunities will include but are not limited to:

-Write recipes based on food pantry items and decorate cards for food pantry boxes for the Met Council
Free Minds Poetry Response Project: Read incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth poets’ writing & give positive feedback.
-Phone bank with Hunger Free America to individuals eligible for government assistance to share information about child nutrition benefits
-Volunteer at a food pantry in either NYC, Pittsburgh, or Miami
-Volunteer at an urban farm in either NYC, Pittsburgh, or Miami

Dates: December 27-30

Time:   11:00 AM- 3:30 PM ET (exact times to be confirmed)

Register for AAWB here.

Sample schedule:

11:00-11:30:  Boker Tov (Good Morning)
11:30-12:10:  Service Learning with Repair the World 

12:10-12:40:  Lunch

12:40-1:20:   Food insecurity from a Jewish context with Grow Torah

1:20-2:00:    Young Judaea FUN led by our National Mazkirut (teen board)  

2:00-3:30:  Volunteering
(virtual and in-person in New York, Miami and possibly Pittsburgh)

What you can expect:

  • High quality Jewish service learning
  • Community Service Hours
  • Your favorite madrichim
  • Connect with YJ friends and make new ones!
  • Lots of fun and surprises
  • A chance to make a difference

COST:

$75  Registration and payment received by November 20
$100 Registration and payment received after November 20

*Please email winterbreak@youngjudaea.org to discuss subsidy options

Payment can be made online at PayPal (account not required)


 

or mail payment to:

Young Judaea
575 Eighth Avenue
11th floor
New York, NY 10018

(Alternative) Alternative Winter Break FAQ

(Alternative) Alternative Winter Break is a dynamic service-learning program that promotes social responsibility, volunteerism and the Jewish value of Tikun Olam (repairing the world). Jewish teens from the US will join together for four days over winter break and engage in Jewish and service learning, volunteer work and community building. The sessions will be facilitated by Repair the World’s educational team, and Young Judaea’s experienced team of madrichim (counselors). The days will be divided into virtual learning and community building as well as virtual and some in-person volunteering.

Due to Covid-19 we have reimagined Alternative Winter Break to be an exciting virtual experience you can participate in from anywhere!  We will be volunteering remotely and there will be three in-person volunteering options in South Florida, New York City and Pittsburgh. Please indicate on your registration if you are interested in participating in person so we can follow up with you.

You can register for AAWB here.

The cost of AAWB is $100, but if you register and pay before November 20, 2020 the cost is $75. 

Please email winterbreak@youngjudaea.org if you need any assistance, we will not turn anyone away for inability to pay.

You can submit payment via Paypal (account not required):


or mail your payment to:

Young Judaea
575 Eighth Avenue
11th floor
New York, NY 10018

What you can expect:

  • Time with your favorite madrichim
  • Connect with YJ friends and make new ones!
  • Lots of fun and surprises
  • High quality Jewish service learning
  • Community Service Hours
  • A chance to make a difference 

Sample schedule:

11:00-11:30:  Boker Tov (Good Morning

11:30-12:10:  Service Learning with Repair the World 

12:10-12:40:  Lunch

12:40-1:20:  Food insecurity from a Jewish context

1:20-2:00:  Young Judaea FUN led by our National Mazkirut (teen board)

2:00-3:30:     Volunteering
(virtual and in-person in New York, Miami
and possibly Pittsburgh)

Of course! This program is open to all North American Jewish 8th-12th graders. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

We are excited to be partnering with Repair the World, who share Young Judaea’s value of Tikkun Olam and supporting social change as vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life.

We will be offering both virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities. We will have in-person volunteer opportunities in New York, South Florida and Pittsburgh. In-person volunteering is optional and all participants and their families accept the risk associated with in-person volunteering. All in-person participants will be required to fill out waivers prior to volunteering.

Our volunteer opportunities will include but are not limited to:

-Write recipes based on food pantry items and decorate cards for food pantry boxes for the Met Council
Free Minds Poetry Response Project: Read incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth poets’ writing & give positive feedback.
-Phone bank with Hunger Free America to individuals eligible for government assistance to share information about child nutrition benefits
-Volunteer at a food pantry in either NYC, Pittsburgh, or Miami
-Volunteer at an urban farm in either NYC, Pittsburgh, or Miami

Before AAWB all participants and their parents/guardian will get additional information via email. The information you receive will include a detailed schedule for each day, log in information and other information necessary for the program.

Don’t hesitate to email us at winterbreak@youngjudaea.org.