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Alternative Breaks

Northwestern Hillel’s Alternative Break trips (ABs) involve travel, service learning, education, and cultural exploration, both domestically and internationally. Our ABs provide a unique opportunity for students to participate in immersive experiences, modeling a philosophy of global engagement and the Jewish value of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world.” The AB experience is not limited to our time away. AB participants engage with one another before and after their trip, creating a unique micro-community on campus.

Read about our 2020 Alternative Break trips here:


Poland with the Taube Center

Cost is $1500

Northwestern Hillel is excited to partner with the Taube Center on our Poland Alternative Break trip. This trip allowed students to explore the historical and contemporary beauty and complexity of the country, which has a rich Jewish past and a vibrant Jewish community. For the fourth year in a row, Northwestern Hillel will travel to Central Europe to explore the evolution of Jewish life and the growth and resurgence of Jewish communities in areas heavily affected by the Holocaust.


Cost is $1500

This trip is a cultural-exchange opportunity that will challenge students to think about migration patterns and history of Sephardic Jews in Morocco, exploring Jewish communities from an interfaith angle and explore past and present Jewish neighborhoods. 

Berkeley, California

Cost is $500

Students will spend a week on Urban Adamah’s Jewish community farm, engaging in organic farming and food justice-oriented learning. This is a hands-on trip that offers students the opportunity to live in community on a farm, in the middle of a vibrant urban area. 

Check back soon for more information about our trips. Need-based scholarships are available. Questions? Feel free to reach out to Rachel Hillman.

Ready to apply? CLICK HERE.

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