Alternative Winter Break December 22- 27, 2019

AWB is a week-long service learning program emphasizing Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), social responsibility and volunteerism. While working to make a difference, you’ll gain Jewish context for the good work you are doing, a deeper understanding of the community in which you are working, important leadership skills and wonderful new friends who share your values!

The program is open to Jewish teens in grades 9-12 from all across the United States and Canada.

Make an impact this winter break on Alternative Winter Break (AWB). Join Jewish teens from across the country to help rebuild communities in Puerto Rico, where the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria are still being felt. You’ll make a tangible difference in the lives of others and connect with a vibrant community working to recover from an unprecedented natural disaster.

On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico (and surrounding territories) in the worst natural disaster of the island’s history. As a result of the storm, Puerto Rico’s power grid was effectively destroyed, $90 billion in damage occurred, and hundreds of citizens were killed. Today, after over two years of recovery efforts, the people of Puerto Rico are still in need of help.

Through our partnership with Young Judaea Puerto Rico and the JCC, AWB will continue our work from a year ago with the municipality of Loiza. Last year we painted homes and took part in the community’s Christmas carnival by running games and booths for the children of Loiza. We will build on the connections we made last year with various rebuilding organizations to continue our efforts.

Participants will also engage in educational programs surrounding issues such as ethical volunteering, climate change, the history of Puerto Rico, and how we can sustain the change in order to round out the service learning portion of Alternative Winter Break.

The program will also include a visit to Old San Juan, fun on the beach and other surprises and adventures. See the video above to see a glimpse of what we did on last year’s trip to Puerto.

For more information email or call 917-595-2100 x219. Registration can be found at



December 22nd – December 27th, 2019


Our early bird price is $550 through October 20th, 2019. After this date, the price will go up. Young Judaea is committed to offering programs that are as affordable as possible without compromising the integrity or quality of the experience. There are a variety of subsidies available. Please scroll down to see information about subsidies and scholarships or contact The cost does not include flights which are the responsibility of the participant to organize. See our FAQ section for more information about flights.

Travel Information

Flights are the responsibility of the participant.

Arrival – December 22nd, 2019

Flights should arrive at San Juan Luis Muñoz Airport between 11:00am – 4:00pm EST on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019.

Departure – December 27th, 2019

Flights should depart from San Juan Luis Muñoz Airport between 8:00am – 2:00pm EST on Friday, December 27th, 2019.

If you choose to fly outside of the window, you will be responsible for getting to and from the airport.

For more detailed travel instructions, please see the FAQ

Subsidy Information

Due to a number of generous gifts, we are able to offer more subsidies and discounts than in the past. These may include:

  • “Bring a Chaver” – Current Young Judaeans will be able to receive $50 off the total price of AWB if they bring a brand new participant (no prior Young Judaea program or camp participant). The “friend” also cannot be a sibling. The new “Judaean” will also receive $50. Both discounts will be applied only after the new participant fully registers. These subsidies are limited so participants are encouraged to recruit new friends early in the process.
  • “Matching” – Participants can be set up with a “Friendraising Page” where they will be able to create a personalized fundraising page through the Young Judaea system. Young Judaea will match the first $100 for the first 10 individuals who raise this amount.  To set up a page, follow the instructions in the Fundraising Packet.

As we continue with our fundraising, more subsidies may be made available. Participants may combine  “bring a chaver” and “matching” subsidies. For more information about Fundraising, email

You must register at before opening your fundraising page.

Please understand that in order to keep the price low for AWB, there is currently NO straight scholarship available. Fundraising Your Way to Alternative Winter Break 2019 The AWB Fundraising Guide has been put together by the Young Judaea Alternative Winter Break team. We hope that some of these fundraising ideas will allow you join us on AWB without straining your family’s finances.  The main portion of the guide discusses setting up a self-fundraising page.  Young Judaea will match up to $100 of fundraising for the first 10 participants.

AWB is not only about attending the service trip, but also becoming an active advocate for the causes AWB promotes: protecting the environment, fighting poverty, visiting the sick, and much more. This guide will help equip you with the tools you need to go out and persuade those in your communities to invest in the work that you are doing this December and beyond.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with Young Judaea at or by phone at (917) 595-2100 ext 219.


For more detailed information on this year’s AWB trip, please visit our FAQ section.

If you have already used Regpacks to register for a different Young Judaea program, please go to, log-in and simply choose the AWB product. DO NOT open a new registration. If you have forgotten your log-in, please contact us at or call 917-595-2100 x219

If you have not yet registered for a Young Judaea program, go to create a registration and choose the product “Alternative Winter Break”. This link should help you. However, if needed, please contact us and we will guide you through the process.

For any questions or help with registration, please email us at or call 917-595-2100 x219