Join Alternative Breaks

Repair the World is a long-time supporter of high-quality Alternative Break programs for young adults. Our research has shown that Alternative Breaks provide an important entry point for young adults into a lifetime of social change work. We believe these immersive programs provide participants with hands-on volunteer experience, allow participants to explore the most pressing social issues in our communities, and inspire participants to reflect on and understand how Judaism can offer a framework for repairing the world.

Repair the World directly supports Alternative Break programs through these three opportunities:

Repair the World Alternative Break Micro-Grants (Non-Hillels)
Repair the World is pleased to offer micro-grants to support new and long-standing Alternative Break experiences for North American young adults. Programs should take place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Micro-grant award amounts will range from $1,000-$5,000 and will vary depending on the number of program participants, program location, emphasis on post-program engagement and other factors. All Alternative Break programs must have direct, hands-on service as the core activity, with contextual and Jewish learning and reflection thematically incorporated into the service experience. Micro-grant funds may be used to support any aspect of implementing the Alternative Break (e.g. logistics, travel, participant subsidies, and pre and post Alternative Break programming, etc.).


Applications for the 2017-18 program year will be considered on a rolling basis. All applications are due October 30, 2017.

Applicants will be notified of grant decisions November 13, 2017.

Micro-Grants for Alternative Break Programs Organized by Hillels

Repair the World is pleased to continue to support Alternative Break programs organized by local Hillel staff members and student leaders. Grant disbursements are handled directly by Hillel International and all Hillels seeking funds to support their programs should contact Chayie Chinn, Senior Associate for Global Jewish Experience at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

Contact: Chayie Chinn ([email protected] or 202-449- 6528)

Alternative Break Program Provider in Repair the World Communities

Repair the World Communities are the perfect destination for your group or organization to engage in service, reflection and learning alongside Repair the World Fellows. Working with Repair the World staff, we can help you create a customized experience for your participants, with service focusing on food or education justice. Alternative Breaks are available in the following cities: Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Interested in Alternative Breaks and want more information? Fill out the interest form here, and someone will get back to you within ten days.