National and International Service Trips – planned by Tzedek Americans
Guatemala or Cuba
Safely travel to Central America and learn about the culture, the Jewish community and gain hands-on experience supporting the communities in need. All the while we will get to explore the beauty and complexity of the country.
Help with poverty alleviation in Atlanta, participate in the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival or Limmud-Atlanta and learn about the Jews of the South
New Orleans or Mississippi
Participate in Katrina Relief by helping to rebuild New Orleans and Mississippi. Learn about the Jews of the South and connect with the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.
Participate an immigration and refugee fact-finding mission. We will meet with individuals and organizations who are doing important work in this area. You will have the opportunity to meet with immigration lawyers, visit a detention center and hear personal stories from immigrants and asylum-seeking refugee.
Colorado, Utah or Nevada
While working on a Native American Reservation you will have the opportunity to work on environmental solutions as well as connect with members of local communities. The exciting part about these trips is that you will learn how to plan these excursions yourself. We will divide up into three teams.
- Budget for the trip
- Negotiate prices with hotels and airlines
- Map out the itinerary
- Arrange local transportation
- Arrange sleeping arrangements
- Plan down time
- Organize the meals
- Investigate the skills we will be using on the service trip
- Contact local skilled individuals who can teach your group the skills i.e. gardening, dry walling, painting, tiling, carpentry
- Learn and practice your new skills
- Run classes for the other two teams to teach them the skills
- Learn how Judaism informs our choice for this particular project
- Study what our texts say about this particular topic, project and population
- Create lessons to teach the other two teams about that which you have learned
- Be the teachers by leading debriefing and study sessions during the service trip