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    2012 Winter Missions

    Tzedek and Tzedaka: Israel Winter Mission 2012
    Israel Experiential Learning Mission  

    With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation 

    January 14-22, 2012 

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    Trip Description: What is the relationship between Tzedek and Tzedaka? And what is the connection between the sugyot that deal with these values and the protests that drew more than half a million Israelis to the streets this past summer? Travel with Roshei Yeshiva to Israel where you will learn about these sugyot during morning Seder. You will explore their manifestations in the realms of education, social welfare, politics, and religion in an experience will be integral to your development as a Jewish educator and leader. 

      

    Art in Ort: Israel Winter Mission 2012 

    Israel Experiential Learning Mission 

    With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation 

    January 14- 22, 2012
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     Trip Description: The Spanian school, located in the Pat neighborhood in Jerusalem, has little in the way of enrichment or resources.  The boys are tough, and most have a problematic home life; economically, socially, or emotionally.   YU students will be working with the Spanian students creating an environment for them to create art in a relaxing, non-judgmental atmosphere while improving their English skills.  Over the course of the week the students will work on the About Me project, through this project, their artwork will empower them to express their inner life in a completely new format.   Art, compassion and patience are just a few of the skills that will make this program a success for everyone involved.  

     

    Jewish Life Coast to Coast: West Coast 

    Experiential Learning Mission 

    With support from the Jim Joseph Foundation 

    January 12-19, 2012
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    Trip Description: Learn about the broader Jewish Community and the ways through which you can become active in Jewish life while visiting four uniquely distinct communities along the West Coast.  You will meet with local Rabbis, educators, and communal leaders to understand and appreciate the dynamic of Jewish communities and the challenges that they face; you will facilitate educational programs in schools, synagogues and community centers – as you realize your own strength to bring change to Jewish communities. And you will volunteer and contribute to the Jewish and general community in a hands-on way – making a difference to those in need. Over the course of this mission, you will find the community leader, educator and volunteer inside of yourself.   

       

    Humanitarian Mission to Nicaragua  

    Humanitarian Service Learning Mission  

    In conjunction with the American Jewish World Service 

    January 15-22, 2012 

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    Trip Description: If you are interested in promoting social change in the developing world by volunteering with AJWS grassroots partners, while exploring the relationship between social justice, service and Judaism – this program is for you. Your group will be volunteering in Boca de la Montana with the NGO Servicios Medicos Comunales (SMC). Servicios Médicos Comunales promotes community-based sustainable development in the district of San Juan del Sur in southwesternNicaragua. SMC has implemented successful health promoter trainings, early-childhood nutrition programs, and education programs. During your time in Boca de la Montana the students will work on building a library.  The participants will sleep in a modest building about 10 minutes (walking) from the work site.  This international experience lays the foundation for social justice engagement upon return, which includes opportunities for public speaking, writing, advocacy and volunteer service.  

       

    Humanitarian Mission to Mexico 

    Humanitarian Service Learning Mission  

    In conjunction with the American Jewish World Service 

    January 15-22, 2012
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    Trip Description: If you are interested in promoting social change in the developing world by volunteering with AJWS grassroots partners, while exploring the relationship between social justice, service and Judaism – this program is for you. Founded in 1994 to promote the sustainable development of marginalized populations whose socio-economic status does not meet their basic needs, Hombre Sobre La Tierra (HST- Humankind on Earth) works with Mayan peasants to promote environmental sustainability and food self sufficiency, advances the integration of women in the economy and strengthens the capacity of grassroots groups.  The YU group will assist with a variety of projects including farming and harvesting in local and home gardens, building pools for aquaculture development, construction work on the community’s ecotourism project and sustainable agriculture work in a community nursery. This international experience lays the foundation for social justice engagement upon return, which includes opportunities for public speaking, writing, advocacy and volunteer service.  

       

    Project Kharkov 

    Service Learning Mission 

    In partnership with the Joint Distribution Committee. With support from the Eckstein Family. 

    January 13-22, 2012
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    Trip Description: Gain a firsthand understanding of the welfare challenges and identity struggles facing the Jewish community of Ukraine following the collapse of the Soviet Union and how the JDC (Joint Distribution Council) is addressing those community needs. Over the course of ten days, you will engage in meaningful service projects; connect and build friendships with local Jewish peers and explore what Jewish tradition has to say about service and responsibility to the Jewish people and the world. In addition, prior to traveling to the Ukraine you will run an interactive Shabbaton for immigrants from the Former Soviet Union currently living in Brooklyn, with whom you will also volunteer upon your return. 


     

    Limmud NY 

    January 13-16, 2012

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     Trip Description: Join the YU delegation at the annual Limmud conference. Together with Jews of all ages and denominations you will take part in sessions and interactive programs which celebrate Jewish learning, prayer, art, food and life.   

    2012 Missions in the News

    Israel trip explores Judaism and social justice

    Local YU students visit prisons, schools, and low-income areas 

     

     Spurred on in part by last summer’s protests in the United States and Israel, 40 college students spent part of their semester break exploring Jewish social justice in Israel. The Yeshiva University students participated in two eight-day experiential education programs beginning Jan. 15. They visited prisons, schools, and kibbutzim and met with Supreme Court judges and religious, governmental, and social action leaders. Read full article on New Jersey Jewish News  

    Reframing the dialogue

     YU students in Israel to examine social justice issues
     A group of Yeshiva University students landed at Ben-Gurion Airport in mid-January and went to prison, then went on to a halfway house for former convicts. Clearly, this was not the usual college semester-break trip.The 15 men and 15 women were on an eight-day experiential program in Israel, “Tzedek and Tzedaka,” offered by the university’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) to explore the concepts of justice and social justice in a modern democratic Jewish state. Read full article on New Jersey Jewish Standard

     

    OHDS students get schooled on Jewish view of social protest

    What does political upheaval look like when viewed through a Jewish lens? Does protest carry particular responsibilities and prohibitions for the observant Jew? And how do the Torah and the commentaries help shape social consciousness?

    Students from Yeshiva University, the flagship school of the Modern Orthodox movement in New York City, brought these kinds of thought-provoking questions to seventh- and eighth-graders at Oakland Hebrew Day School Jan. 17 and then worked with them to hash out answers, framed by the events of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements. Read full article on jWeekly.com
     

    For YU students, close-up looks at social issues in Israel

    In a year of upheaval for both the American and Israeli Jewish communities, 2011 saw Occupy Wall Street and the tent protests on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard pushing social issues to the forefront of discussion in the media and at the family dinner table. From Jan. 15 to Jan. 23, Yeshiva University (YU) sent two groups of student volunteers from New York to Israel, 40 people in total, on a mission to participate in solving the problems currently affecting the Jewish homeland. Read full article on The Canadian Jewish News

    YU Students Talk Tachlis about Social Justice

    Tucked away in an office in South Tel Aviv, a group of unlikely bedfellows engaged in some weighty conversation. Stav Shafir, one of the most prominent leaders of the social protest movement that shook up Israel this past summer, and a group of Stern College for Women students of Yeshiva University in New York, talked tachlis about social justice. “This wasn’t a protest just about housing – housing was the symbol for all of our social services,” explained the 26-year-old Shafir as she delved into the issues that prompted hundreds of thousands of Israelis of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities to demonstrate for a more just society. Read full article on eJewish Philanthropy

     

     

     

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