Alternative Spring Breaks 2018: Detroit and Houston

Michigan Hillel is excited to offer two Alternative Spring Break options this year: a social justice, service learning trip to Detroit and Houston. Both trips have costs associated with them. Deadline to apply: January 31st. See more details below.

If you would like to donate to the 2018 ASBs, please use this online form, or call the office: Donate to ASB 2018


We will be working with Repair the World, a social justice Jewish organization with many locations around the country.

Specifically in Detroit, we will be working with a few different local food banks, such as the Mercado, Keep Growing Detroit, and Project Healthy Community.  Another aspect of our trip will focus on the youth in Detroit. We will be working with Brilliant Detroit, a family-centered, neighborhood-based organization dedicated to children’s success. We will also have the really unique opportunity to volunteer in an elementary school with a third grade class! A lot of counties require background checks to work in a school, so this is a great chance to do something different.

Outside of volunteering, we are going to a few different museums, including the Motown Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum. We will be celebrating Purim and Shabbat with the local Jewish community, including a free Friday night dinner and a trip to the Eastern Market on Saturday! There will also be down time for you to explore on your own or catch up on some sleep.

I really hope you will be able to join students on this trip. It’d be a really fun way for you to meet new people and experience life in Ann Arbor’s own neighboring city

Application:   ASB Detroit

Contact Rebecca Grbinich for more information: [email protected]

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, January 31, 2017

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended!!! 

Costs will be $250, including travel to Detroit. The group will work on fundraising for the trip together.


ASB Houston
Spring Break in Houston, Texas with our partner organization, Nechama, a jewish disaster relief organization.
The trip will include:
– Physical labor, rebuilding houses and the community affected
– Talking with families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
– An opportunity to process and reflect on the responsibility of disaster relief.

The cost of the trip is expected to be $550, including air travel. We will also be fundraising for the trip as a whole and individually.

To prepare for and debrief the experience, we will have 2 required orientation sessions before the trip.

Please reach to Rebecca Grbinich at [email protected] for more information.

Application here:    ASB Houston

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