Alternative Summer Break is a new two-week immersive social justice and community service program for Jewish teens.

Dates: July 24-August 7, 2018
Cost: $2,500
For: Current 8th-11th Graders

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ASB & “Repair the World” Team Up

The Alternative Summer Break (ASB) Program is privileged to team up with Repair the World, whose goal is to transform neighborhoods, cities, and lives through meaningful service experiences rooted in Jewish values, learning, and history. The ASB program immerses participants in real-world environments where they’ll engage in intensive, hands-on community service, youth leadership development, and experiential Jewish learning that is both enriching and transformative.

Learning the Value of Service, Now & Beyond

Each day, ASB participants will bring their skills and talents to various settings; from urban poverty and literacy programs to local rural communities. They will also have structured time to process and share their experiences with other teens and how they can integrate these lessons into their lives moving forward.

Exploration, Fun & Friendships

The ultimate objective of ASB is to champion awareness and insight about the root causes of social and economic angst and encourage teens to contribute to the prism of systemic change.

But, there’s also room for fun! Tel Yehudah provides a one-of-a-kind Jewish environment, where teens interact with others from Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel and around the world. The “best of camp” at TY includes the opportunity to partake in sports, arts and Israel education programs. Each week culminates in Shabbat, amidst the natural, serene setting of Tel Yehudah and is followed by a wild Israeli dance party.

Program Outcomes

Teens participating in the two-week Alternative Summer Break Intensive will:

  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of accredited community service, performed in urban and rural settings.
  • Experience and learn about the Jewish commitment to values of social responsibility (achrayut), social action (tikun olam), and social justice (tzedek).
  • Develop nuanced understanding of their own Jewish identity.
  • Broaden leadership skills.
  • Improve their ability to work in groups.
  • Leave with a deeper commitment toward service that will springboard into lifelong active citizenship.


Participants in ASB spend time inside and outside of camp engaged in community service and learning about social responsibility.   In addition, participants will have the opportunity to choose another Intensive as a minor and explore all of TY’s other specialty areas (ropes course, Israeli dancing and singing, sports, etc.)   Below is a sample daily schedule:

What's Included?

  • Daily workshops with Repair the World fellows
  • Community service trips to New York City and local community
  • Room and board for 14 days within our furnished cabins
  • 3 healthy, nutritious and kosher meals a day, plus stipend for snacks and treats from our camp canteen
  • 24/7 professional medical staff that can dispense first-aid and prescription medicines
  • 160+ dynamic and trained camp professionals
  • Regular laundry-service
  • Full time on-site 24/7 security services
  • Coach Motorbus transportation to/from Newark Liberty International Airport on opening and closing day for teens who will be traveling to camp by plane


Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 8th through 11th grade
  • Ready to make a difference in the world
  • Ready to explore the connection between your Jewish identity and social responsibility
  • Interested in living with Jewish teens from around the US and the world

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