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The Jewish Farm School’s Alternative Spring Break 2011

For many students, spring break is simply a weeklong excuse to party alongside a pool or beach. But for those searching for a more meaningful experience over their vacations, the Jewish Farm School (JFS) is offering 75-100 Jewish students an alternative: the opportunity to get knuckle deep in soil and learn about sustainable agriculture techniques. This type of spring break probably won’t receive the MTV treatment but will be a whole lot more memorable and possibly life changing.
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NYC Hillels Join Together for Social Action Sunday

Last Sunday, more than 80 students from seven New York City Hillels joined together in a day of service and study in the Big Apple.

Social Action Sunday offered a wide array of service projects throughout the five boroughs in the morning (partnering with local Jewish and non-Jewish organizations), then drew the students together for an afternoon program at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, which included a speaker and a service fair where they met with organizations that offer further opportunities for social action and service.
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Tuesday Link Roundup

In the week leading up to Passover, here are a few inspiring bits and stories from around the blogosphere…

  • SF Chronicle Vegetable gardens sprout around San Francisco – from the library to the police department, thanks to support and legislation from Mayor Gavin Newsome, and the work of many of the city residents and organizations who are determined to create a greener and healthier city.
  • Yes Magazine Rabbi Ted Falcon makes the connection between Passover and living a more conscious, aware, and free lives.
  • New York Times Sunday’s inspiring immigration rally on Washington draws tens of thousands of supporters and activists.
  • Huffington Post First Lady Michelle Obama makes a cartoon appearance on the Simpsons, standing up for high achieving students. “I got A’s back when A’s were hard to get,” she said. She also plugs organic gardening.
  • Jerusalem Post Hillel and City Year get a major shout out in the Jerusalem Post for their alternative spring break programs, and inspiring college kids to make a difference.
  • JTA Hear Sara Hurwitz talk in her own words about the growing role of women as spiritual leaders in the Orthodox movement. (See the video at the bottom of the post.)

Two is Stronger than One: Hillel and City Year

The national non-profit organization City Year, believes in empowering young people (aged 17-24) to make a difference in the life of a community through citizen service. Since 1988, when the idea was first cooked up by then-college roommates Michael Brown and Alan Khazei, City Year has united participants with diverse backgrounds in a year of full-time service.

This year, City Year Care Force teamed up with Hillel to create an amazing hybrid: a week-long alternative spring break for Hillel students that combines the best of both organizations’ missions. I recently spoke with City Year’s Care Force Senior Project Manager, Vanessa Meisner, to learn more…

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