Tzedek (Social Justice) Expedition (Yachad Campers)

Tzedek (Social Justice) Expedition (Yachad Campers)

The Program:

In the Tzedek Expedition, teens will consider personal and collective responsibility, examine current issues in modern society, and explore the Jewish context for making a difference in the world. Teens will gain a deeper understanding of their role in the betterment of their communities and become leaders who galvanize others to take action and inspire a desire to create a more just world.

Teens Will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of community needs
  • Explore the concept of privilege and how it affects the society in which we live
  • Experience community service within a context of Jewish values
  • Learn about and get first-hand experience with a number of social issues around which the Jewish communities of New York have taken a lead role in organizing

The Out-Of-Camp Experience: Volunteering In New York City:

Participants will spend four days and three nights in the greater New York City region learning about communal social responsibility and engaging in hands-on volunteering and community service opportunities. Participants will learn about and get first-hand experience with a number of social issues around which the Jewish communities of New York have taken a lead role in organizing.

For the 2020 trip, we are partnering with organizations such as Repair the World, New York Cares, Volunteers of America, Midnight Run, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and more still being finalized with a few additional partner agencies. The service opportunities will be impactful, diverse, and will all be paired with processing/learning sessions to provide contextualization for the entire experience.

Participants will earn at least 15 hours of volunteer credit for full participation in this trip that can be used to fulfill requirements of their schools or organizations at home. Tel Yehudah will provide documentation of service hours to all participants at the conclusion of the summer season.

Sleeping Accommodations: 

The group will stay at the Midwood JCC in Brooklyn along with the Tzilum trip participants, in spacious group rooms that will be separated by gender. Participants bring sleeping bags and optional sleeping pads for their stay. Participants will also have access to locker rooms equipped with showers, toilets, and sinks for their use each night and morning.

NOTE: The Tzedek Expedition will require an additional $150 charge for teens who choose and are selected to participate in this Expedition.

**Descriptions are tentative. Tel Yehudah may cancel or change Expedition programming, as well as the location, description, or required equipment for any of the corresponding trips. Final descriptions of trips will be provided to families prior to the summer along with the Expedition Request Form for campers. Some Expeditions/trips may have additional costs. Final decisions will depend on enrollment and requests

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