Jewish National Fund

Welcome to Jason's Page

Shalom, Welcome!

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page to learn more about JNF’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program.

 

For those who are not familiar with the program, let me explain. ASB is a week long program in Israel. The participants are all Jewish volunteers from 18-30 years old. They decide to take their spring break week, or vacation time, to travel to Israel to volunteer in the Negev region, or in the north near Haifa.

 

Each trip focuses on assisting organizations with projects that would normally take weeks or months to complete and each ASB trip can do this in a fraction of the time. For example, one of my favorite projects from the past was helping to repaint stairwells and hallways in government subsidized and rent-controlled housing for the less fortunate. I have done this project on all three of my prior trips and every time, the people who often cannot communicate directly with you are so welcoming and thankful that you are there to make a difference for them. From an offer of using the bathroom, or providing cold drinks, or even providing enough bourekas(filled puff pastries) for 40 people! These are people who already have little, and yet they still provide for us when we are there to help them. This is truly my favorite part of the trip.

 

Other projects in the past have included working in community spaces helping to transform trash filled empty lots, into community gardens and gathering spaces, helping youth group organizations with their facilities, and even picking produce that will be donated to food shelters and other recipients before Shabbat.

 

That’s only part of the trip! The next part is where you come in. With your support, I need to raise $1,500. This money goes directly to JNF’s Blueprint Negev fund. This fund supports the projects we complete and other projects occurring in the Negev. While the trip is free to me, there are other wonderful donors who specifically support the travel, food, and other accommodations for our trip. So, I look forward to your support on such a wonderful project and would love to talk more about this trip with anyone who wants to find out more!

 

Many thanks,

Jason

 

PS: Take a look at this slideshow of my 2011 trip. You can see - Not only do we work hard, but we also get a chance to bond as a group of Jewish Americans and relax after a hard day's work.

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