Community Service & Alternative Breaks

Rutgers Hillel is committed to furthering the Jewish idea of Tikkun Olam or “repair the world.” There is a vibrant community service committee who puts together events each week to help out the local community. Events in the past have included cooking chicken soup for a local hospice, volunteering at a local soup kitchen and putting together an event for International Women’s Day.
For more information, email the community service chair Elisheva Sherman at

Days Without Hate


“Days Without Hate” is a non-profit community service program, which is directed by Rutgers Hillel. The event began in 1997 in response to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yizhak Rabin, and has grown from this original idea into an annual event that unites Rutgers faculty, staff, local businesses, and student organizations to make a statement that we care about our social environment. Our expectation is to draw from this experience and help to impact the future. A Day Without Hate took place on Thursday, October 30 this past year.


This event included a series of activities. This year we had Tables set up in all dining halls and student centers where people stopped to pledge. By signing the pledge, students, faculty, staff, and local residents are encouraged to spend an entire day where they consider their words, actions, and their effects. We also distributed flyers with encouragement for acts of kindness. A Blood Drive was held on campus. The day culminated with a motivating rally featuring an interfaith service and an a cappella concert.

Click here for a short video about the 2013 Days Without Hate!

Alternative Spring Breaks


Looking for a meaningful way to spend your spring break?  Want to get your hands dirty and make the world a better place?  Each year Rutgers Hillel runs a number of exciting trips for students.

Our Alternative Spring Breaks combine international travel, hands-on volunteer work, and Jewish social justice.  Past years’ trips have included El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, and New Orleans.

We are excited to announce service opportunities for this academic year.

To Apply, Click Here.

 For more information, email

Jewish Disaster Response Corps


The JDRC is a faith-based initiative that assists all communities in domestic disaster recovery while exhibiting Jewish values and promoting broad and visible Jewish participation. The JDRC provides a Jewish partner for institutions and individuals to work with, thus filling the gap between disaster response and the Jewish community’s commitment to help others, as it would want to be helped.

Jewish National Fund Trip to Israel

Eager to return to Israel?  Join the JNF trip to Israel where we will engage in a week of service-learning in the Negev desert. Previous JNF Alternative Break projects have included working with economically disadvantaged Ethiopians, renovating low-income housing and community spaces, transforming a garbage dump into an urban green space, and supporting a groundbreaking program for adults with severe disabilities.  Travel back to Israel with a delegation from around the state and learn about the connection between the environment, Israel, and Judaism!

To apply:



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