The Torah teaches us “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof” or, “Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” meaning we need to be just in our pursuit of justice. So, what does it mean for the Jewish community when the justice system is laced with injustice? This winter break, in partnership with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, Texas Hillel is hosting an alternative winter break trip in New Orleans, focused on Mass Incarceration and Injustice in the Justice System.
The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) “is a catalyst in New Orleans and beyond for promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice.” We’ll spend the trip learning about the root causes and effects of mass incarceration in the incarceration capital of the world, volunteer with grassroots organizations in New Orleans, and take some time to explore the beautiful and vibrant city.
The group will consist of up to 15 students and run from January 7-14. The trip will cost no more than $400 + transportation to and from New Orleans. This price covers food, housing, and transportation within New Orleans. Substantial financial aid is available and grants may lower individual and group costs of the trip.
Every participant must attend pre- and post-trip training sessions at Texas Hillel. Training session times and dates will be determined once participants have been selected.