Community Service and Alternative Breaks

The Jewish concept of tikkun olam (to repair the world) is an important part of the mission of Trinity College Hillel.

Each year, the Hillel Student Board identifies numerous projects to get involved in, both locally and internationally.

Alternative Breaks

Trinity students have travelled to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Uganda to take part in exciting community service alternative break programs.

Click here to see photos and read about our recent visit to the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda.

Alternative Breaks take groups of students out of their everyday surroundings and places them in new environments to engage in community service and experiential learning. As part of short-term service projects, participants are challenged to see and understand difficult social issues such as poverty, literacy, and natural disasters and to explore questions of Judaism and social responsibility.

Closer to home, Trinity College Hillel has a Challah for Hunger chapter that bakes challah loaves to sell on Friday afternoons. Proceeds go to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and Foodshare, based locally in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Hillel teams up with many women's groups on campus to spearhead the annual Pink Shabbat for Breast Cancer Awareness, in conjunction with the national organization Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain”,  a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer.

Many other volunteer opportunities are in place for students throughout the year, such as the ongoing collections for food pantries in the Hartford area, partnering with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, participating in International Good Deeds Day, and more.