Alternative Spring Break

Thank you for your interest in our Alternative Spring Break opportunities. Since Passover happens to fall during our Spring Break in 2013, we will NOT be facilitating an Alternative Spring Break trip at that time. Please check back for opportunities in Spring 2014.

To get an idea of what types Alternative Spring Breaks lay ahead, please see below for what we offered in 2012


What We've Done

Hillel Alternative Spring Break in Miami

 This year Hartford Hillel will be partnering up with Hillel's City Year Break to go to Miami, Florida in March 2012.

Trip dates: March 18th-March 25th, 2012

Make your spring break matter!
We will be volunteering in the community to make a difference. The mornings will be spent with college students from the University of Hartford and other schools making physical improvements to schools and community center and afternoons in direct service with children, young adults and people from low-income neighborhoods.
During the evenings participants will have speakers, city tours and time to soak up the flavor of the city they are working to improve.

Cost: $250 program fee + Round trip flight
(This is a heavily subsidized trip, actual cost  per student is $1,200- however students only pay a $250 program fee)

The $250 provides accommodation, daily kosher catered meals, transportation to and from the airport.

For more information e-mail Hillel's program director, Nicolette Theriault at

Registration is now Closed

Information about trip specifics for students and parents are below

FAQ's About ASB Miami 2012

What other schools will be doing this program in Miami with us:

Cohen Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain
Hillel at Kent State University
Hillel of Townson University
Hillels Around Chicago
Maryland Hillel (College park)

Where will we stay:
The Holiday Inn Coral Gables, at the edge of the University of Miami's campus
Coral Gables-University
1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral gables, Florida 33146

What do we do for meals:

Meals on the City Year trip will be provided by local Hillel or catering companies
 Breakfast will be eaten in the morning at the housing sites and will be made up of cereal, milk, yogurts and other cold items. 
Participants will dig into bagged lunches on the work sites each day, which they will assemble at breakfast and carry with them during the morning.
 Dinner will be hot- either catered at the housing, at a local Hillel, or at a restaurant. 

Who to contact if you have questions:
Tanya Tsikanovsky, Director of Jewish Student Life

Check out recent Hillel & City Year Alternative Spring Break Activities on the new blog

What will we do in the evening after service work?

                                                                 Students will hear from the Faces of Homelessness panel, a speaker panel of formerly homeless individuals                                                                                      which is incredibly moving and eye opening. Another highlight is an education panel, including veteran teacher, Vivianne Burques,                     which will add context to the work our participants will be engaging in. There are also supervised excursions into Miami, dinner out and other fun activities.

Sample Work Site Itinerary

We will be volunteering helping to clean an old Miami city cemetery which includes sections for Jews, Catholics, Blacks and others. We will be led by a historian who can share with us information about Jewish Miami and the value of taking care of people, even after they pass. This is an amazing service we will be doing for the community and we will make sure to frame it for our participants in a holistic way relating to our week’s goals.
 Please note
that there is a tradition for Kohanim not to enter a cemetery.
If anyone in your group is unable to participate in this morning of service, please let us know ASAP so we can coordinate an alternative.

Working at Charles R. Drew Middle School
Painting the stairwells and hallways of school

Working at Charles R. Drew Middle School
Painting a mural at the school

Working at Charles R. Drew Middle School
Painting cafeteria and outdoor lunch space

Morning only: Working at Charles R. Drew Middle School
Mural on benches and cement for picnic table legs

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