Get Dirty this Spring Break

October 9, 2013 New York, NY — Looking for a way to get back and give back to Israel—for free? Join one of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips this coming March for an unforgettable week of volunteering and fun.

JNF’s Alternative Spring Break in Israel is a free trip for Jewish college students and young adults, ages 18-30, spending one week in Israel working and volunteering in the northern region or the Negev Desert. Now entering its ninth year, the successful community service trip has attracted more than 1,500 participants to lend a hand to the people and the land of Israel.

“Alternative Spring Break is an incredible opportunity to volunteer in Israel and do something you would not do on an ordinary trip,” said Carly Coons from Denver, CO and past ASB participant. “My trip focused on reforestation in the Carmel Forest following the devastating fires. It was extremely rewarding to see the effect our work had on the residents of these communities. Giving back to a place that had already given so much to me, fulfilled me in more ways than I could have imagined.”

Participants are responsible for raising a minimum of $1,500 through an online program that communicates with family and friends. Monies raised will go towards JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign if you travel to southern Israel and to Operation Carmel Renewal if you travel to northern Israel. Blueprint Negev supports Israel’s newest generation of pioneers in developing, inhabiting and preserving the Negev Desert, and Operation Carmel Renewal  helps rebuild Northern Israel from the devastating December 2010 fire. Both trips include opportunities to get your hands dirty and help out, meet people who are changing the world, and reflect on the Jewish service experience.

“JNF’s Alternative Spring Break trip to Israel has been an incredibly meaningful part of my college experience,” shared Mike Seidman, who participated on the most recent ASB trip. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the tangible impact we have on the land of Israel and meeting the people in the communities whose lives we touch. It’s something that I will keep with me long after graduation, and I’m grateful for the privilege of having participated twice.”

ASB registration is now open for the 2014 trips; go to jnf.org/asb. The dates are March 1, March 8, March 15, and March 23, 2014. For more information on the ASB program, please contact 212.879.9305 x245 or education@jnf.org.

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