Jerusalem: City of Faith – Danielle Kapustin

After visiting the holy sites of all three Abrahamic religions around Jerusalem this semester, we were presented with a final question: “Is religion the source of all conflict in the world?” If you watch the news lately, you might be led to think that it is to blame. However, I think religion is just an easy target for the underlying …


Young Judaea’s Midwest Winter Convention – November 30th – December 3rd 2017

Lead by the Midwest Mazkirut (teen board), Maya Garfinkel, Ben Hirsch, Charlie Met, Melanie Silver, Tziona Chernoff, Max Aizenstein and Daryn Smith, 39 teenagers from the Midwest including 3 “field trippers” from Texas, NJ and Long Island, gathered together to have fun with their camp friends, make new memories, and learn more about others and themselves. We talked about communication …


Meet Your Year Course Social Media Ambassadors!

This year on Year Course we’re changing things up a bit, and giving you the opportunity to experience Year Course from a first person perspective. Between the different classes and trips, the community, and diversity of the participants, our Ambassadors are going to be the new lenses of Year Course. With half of them starting in Kedma and half of them …


Young Judaea Passover Resources

We thought you might find these Passover resources helpful in celebrating and thinking about Passover in the most Judaean way possible.  (NOTE:  The views expressed in these Hagaddot or resources represent the personal or organizational views of the author or sponsoring organization only. Young Judaea Global, Inc. does not endorse this content.) Seder Hashachar – While growing up in YJ, …


AWB Blast from the Past – AWB New Orleans 2012

My name is Eddie and this is my third AWB to New Orleans. Today we visited Apostolic Outreach Center to help with the community garden. We started the day by turning up topsoil in the flowerbeds and compost piles. We then went inside to hear from Master Gardener, Debera Surtain. She told us the story behind the garden and her …


How Others Live – Jessica Meyers

Today was very eye-opening. It made me actually think hard about how others live and how good I have it. Today we went to help out at the Alexandra House and I was in charge of helping organize the thrift sale. I also had a great time with the kids! They were so happy and I don’t think they had …


A Whole New Perspective – Hannah Baron

Today, we went to The Alexandria House, where victims of domestic abuse stay while they get their lives back on track. I helped take down Christmas decorations and play with the little kids that lived there. Each one of those kids had such a distinct, unique personality, and I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to them to make …


My Most Impactful Day – Shelby Scheck

Today (Thursday) was probably the most impactful day of this service trip. So far as a group, we have observed and learned about homelessness, community, and environmental importance. Today we were exposed to the consequences of domestic violence. However, these consequences seemed nothing like consequences. I personally played with 4-11 year olds for the majority of the day and I …


Many Doing the Work of the Few – Zander Winston

Today when we visited the Alexandria house we started our visit by speaking with the founder of Alexandria house which not only provides temporary housing for abused and homeless women and their children. The center, which is located  in the middle of a residential neighborhood consists of two houses. These two houses also serve  as a community center for the …


Futures in Service: Staff Reflection – Ariel Glueck

I didn’t start reading the news until I was twenty years old. I’m studying educational policy at Hunter college and I want to change the world. I have always wanted to change the world. But when I was a high-schooler I was focused on the immediate, on grades and drama and how I would get out of my small town. …





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