Alternative Breaks

Travel with Columbia/Barnard Hillel this Spring Break! Detailed information about each trip can be found below. Scroll down to apply!

ASB Argentina: Discover Buenos Aires with the Class of 2026 (March 12-19, 2023)
Calling all first-years! Spend Spring Break in Buenos Aires, Argentina exploring this vibrant Latin American Jewish community. Rich with Jewish and Latino history and culture, Buenos Aires is a melting pot of various traditions. From Tango lessons to a taste of Asado to Jewish historical site visits, this once-in-a-lifetime trip has something for everyone! 
Program Fee: This trip costs $2350 per person, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is generously subsidizing your trip, so the cost to students is $800 per participant. This cost covers round-trip airfare, accommodations, two meals per day, and all programming costs.
Next Steps: After completing the application, Branden or Alyssa will contact you to schedule an informal interview. Email Branden or Alyssa with any questions about the application process or trip.

ASB Washington, DC: Reproductive Justice Through a Jewish Lens (March 12-15, 2023)
Spend the first half of Spring Break in Washington, DC exploring the topic of reproductive justice through a Jewish lens! We’ll meet with activists and organizational leaders to understand the history of reproductive rights, develop a toolkit for political activism, and have the option to head to the Hill to lobby members of Congress. In the afternoons and evenings, we’ll enjoy the museums, monuments and flavors of DC.
Program Fee: This trip costs $1250 per person, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is generously subsidizing your trip, so the cost to students is $200 per participant.  This cost covers round-trip train transportation, hotel accommodations, two meals per day, and all programming costs.
Next Steps: After completing the application, Rabbi Leah will contact you to schedule an informal interview. Email Rabbi Leah with any questions.

ASB Poland: The Past, Present, & Future of Jewish Life in Poland (March 9-19, 2023)
Spend Spring Break with a select group of Columbia/Barnard students exploring Poland’s rich Jewish past, present, and future. We’ll meet with today’s Polish Jews through visits to Hillels, JCC, synagogues, and other gathering spaces for Jewish communal life to learn about the unique ways in which Jewish life was rebuilt post-war and post-Communism, while also delving into the past through visits to historical sites (including learning Torah together at the Yeshiva of Lublin and a study tour of Auschwitz) and meetings with scholars and historians. Throughout the trip we’ll build community with one another while reflecting on Jewish resilience, joy, and rebuilding.
Program Fee: This trip costs $3,400 per person, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is generously subsidizing your trip, so the cost to students is $950 per participant. The cost covers round trip airfare, accommodations, most meals, and all programming costs.
Next Steps: After completing the application, Shana or Maia will reach out to schedule an informal interview. Reach out to Shana and Maia with any questions.

ASB Tacoma, WA: Habitat Humanity with Yavneh
Travel to Tacoma/Seattle, Washington for a Habitat for Humanity service trip with members of the Yavneh community. We will spend five days building homes for those in need, and have time in the evenings to tour the greater Seattle area. We will spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Seattle.
Program Fee: This trip costs $1,400 per person, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is generously subsidizing your trip, so the cost to students is $500 per participant. The cost covers round trip airfare, accommodations, meals, and all programming costs.
Next Steps:  After completing the application, Rav Elie will contact you to schedule an informal interview. Email Rav Elie with any questions.

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is committed to creating experiences for all students, regardless of financial capabilities. If the cost of a trip is prohibitive, further subsidies are available. Please reach out to Shana Zionts, Associate Director, as soon as you apply so that we can figure out a plan that works for you.

Space is limited on all Alternative Spring Break trips, and students will be accepted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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