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Bearing Witness: Reflections on Hillel's Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans and the Holiday of Passover

"Bearing Witness: Reflections on Hillel's Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans and the Holiday of Passover" is a blog entry written by Michael Simon, the program director of Harvard Hillel. This blog entry was written on April 19, 2007, and describes Simon's experiences leading an alternative spring break trip to Kiln, Mississippi to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Simon also connects the trip experience with the upcoming holiday of Passover.

Re-Building a Humanitarian Bond

This is an article by Nada Tawfik titled "Re-Building a Humanitarian Bond: Muslim and Jewish Students from NYU Take New Orleans." This article appeared in the winter 2007 issue of New Voices magazine. The article describes an interfaith alternative spring break trip run by New York University Hillel Rabbi Yehudah Sarna and NYU Muslim chaplain Khalid Latif in March, 2007. 30 NYU students - 15 Jewish, and 15 Muslim - participated in the trip, rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

repairing homes

This is a picture of students working to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. These students were part of a group of hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country who spent their spring breaks in Slidell and New Orleans, Louisiana, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A year and a half after the storm, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. This photograph was taken by Nellie Krentzman, a University of Hillel staff member, in March, 2007.

shoveling 3

This is a picture of a student removing debris from a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina. She was part of a group of hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country who spent their spring breaks in Slidell and New Orleans, Louisiana, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A year and a half after the storm, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. This photograph was taken by Nellie Krentzman, a University of Hillel staff member, in March, 2007.

pile of felled trees and brush in front of home

This is a picture of a large pile of felled trees and brush in front of a home that had been badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country spent their spring breaks in Slidell and New Orleans, Louisiana, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A year and a half after the storm, there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done. This photograph was taken by Nellie Krentzman, a University of Vermont Hillel staff member, in March, 2007....