Alternative Breaks

Spend your break with Columbia/Barnard Hillel!


Each break (fall, winter, spring, and summer!), we offer a number of alternative breaks. Explore the United States and the world with peers from Columbia/Barnard, guided by Hillel professionals and expert guides.  In the past we’ve traveled to Israel, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Argentina, Houston, North Carolina, and more!

Coming in 2019/2020…

  • Fall break opportunities:
    • Road trip to Pittsburgh to reflect and learn one year after the shooting as we meet with community leaders, volunteer around the city, and enjoy Pittsburgh
    • “Staycation” in NYC as part of an LGBTQ-focused break (email Jaimie for more information)
  • Spend winter break in Israel – click here for information about Birthright Israel
  • Spring break trips:
    • Argentina (class of 2023) – information coming soon! Email Elan and Navah.
    • DC – information coming soon! Email Rabbi Leah.
    • Poland – Application opening on October 28.  Email Shana if you’d like to get an email when the application goes live!
  • Spend the start of your summer on Birthright, and/or 8 weeks doing an internship with Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s Onward Israel cohort (email Elan Kramer for information about Onward)