Global : Alternative Break Trips


Applications due October 22nd.

In an increasingly global and open society, we envision a Jewish community which is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and actively responsible for the Jewish people and the world. Through Alternative Break trips, a service-driven immersive experience, we intend for the members of our community to gain hands-on experience and emerge as leaders in advocating for social justice on campus and in the world.

The Bronfman Center pioneered the first American Jewish World Service Alternative Break trip in 2000. Since then, students have traveled to El Salvador, the Mississippi Delta, Mexico, California, New York City and many other destinations to help communities in need and develop relationships with each other outside of school.

We aim to provide the framework for student leaders to respond to communities in need all over the globe by directly serving in those communities while living and studying the connection between social justice, service, leadership and Judaism. Students return from trips with knowledge and energy and continue to advocate for social justice on campus. In addition to a service trip, alternative break participants will learn together as a cohort all year-long with four seminars devoted to different social justice issues.

Apply now by October 22nd!

AB Seminar Dates:

November 6 - Seminar I

December 4 - Seminar II

February 26 - Seminar III

April 30 - Seminar IV

Trip Dates:

January 18-25: Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue trip to Little Rock, Arkansas with the Jewish Disaster Response Corps

January 23-25: Miami Half Marathon

May 26-June 2: International service learning in Jamaica with Amizade

TBD: Senior Service Trip

Please contact Rebekah Thornhill with questions and for more trip details.


Opportunities from our partners:

Food Justice Two-Day Spring Break Opportunity

Sunday March 15th and Monday March 16th - Will you be in NYC for the start of Spring Break? Join Columbia/Barnard and NYU Hillels and Repair the World for a two-day local Spring Break experience to examine issues of food justice. We will begin with a full day at the Just Food Conference, joining  700 organizers, students, community leaders, CSA members, local food advocates, urban and rural farmers, food professionals, entrepreneurs, and members of the press to participate in a full day of trainings, panels, policy discussions, and good food. After a day of learning, we will head into central Brooklyn to explore how food justice is playing out in there through direct service and meeting with local experts. Join us for both days or just one! Cost, which includes registration for the conference and all meals is just $40 ($5 if just participating Monday)! Interested? Email to register. 

Jewish National Fund's Alternative Spring Break in Israel

JNF’s Alternative Spring Break in Israel is a FREE trip for Jewish college students and young adults (ages 18-30) to volunteer in Israel. It is an exciting, week-long trip that enables participants to make a personal impact in Israel and see the country in a totally new way. This year's volunteering will take place both in the North of Israel and in the Negev Desert. Trips leave on February 28, March 7, 14,* and 22**, 2015 (*Includes a bus specifically for young professionals, **LA departure). For more information and to sign up, visit