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, exploring a Jewish response to Mass Incarceration.

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, all while having a chance to explore the beautiful and unique city.

The trip cost of $400 covers food, housing, and transportation within New Orleans. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from New Orleans. Substantial financial aid is available.

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. 

Apply here. Once your application is received, you will be contacted to schedule your interview.  

Reach out to Rebecca Mather, Director of Social Justice Programs, with any questions!