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 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 organizes a weekly volunterring project with the Malta House of Care Medical Van, which provides promary care to approximately 2500 Hartford residents who do n0ot have access to  health care.

Hillel teams up with many women's groups on campus to spearhead the annuakl 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, Challah for a Dollah to benefit a soup kitchen in Jerusalem and volunteer programs with residents of assisted living facilities for  senior citizens in the Jewish community.