Alternative Spring Break



Participate with other Jewish Canes on a University of Miami Hillel service-learning trip to Havana, Cuba! 

Through UM Hillel’s extensive Alternative Break program, you have the opportunity to travel to an international location, immerse yourself in the community, learn about and actively combat social issues, and have fun. An Alternative Break experience will inspire you to understand your role in the world and ability to make change.

The deadline to apply is December 9th at 5 PM.

Exploring Jewish Cuba

Dates: March 11-17, 2017 (approx.)

  • Cost: approx. $1,800 (includes flight, accommodations, most of the food, and visa)
  • Food: vegetarian food will be available

About 1,500 Jews now live in Cuba, the vast majority in Havana, and in the nearby towns of Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Sancti Spiritus. The current number of Jews living in Cuba is fewer than the pre-Revolution figure of 15,000. Many left after the Revolution and, in the following years, the small size of the community and the challenges associated with practicing religion lead to a very high intermarriage rate.

Sample Itinerary of the Trip:

Day 1 –Havana (L) 

  • Flight to Havana, Cuba

  • City tour of Modern Havana including Miramar, Revolution Plaza and El Morro Castle.

  • Included lunch in a private restaurant (Included)

  • Check IN @ the Hotel

  • Dinner El Cocinero or nearby Paladar (Included)

  • Night @ Fabrica de Arte, a unique night Club combining Cuban Arts (on your own)

Day 2 –Havana  (B, L)

  • Visit the Jewish Cemetery (clean up graves and repairing the place)

  • Lunch in Las Terrazas de Cojimar, Hemigway favorite restaurant in town.  (Included)

  • Visit Bet Shalom Synagogue and Patronato community center (Adela Dworin)

  • Dinner on your own

  • Free night to explore Havana

Day 3 –Havana (B, L, D)

  • Tour by modern Havana.
  • Visit to Fuster Private Gallery

  • Lunch at El Alijibe (Included)

  • Meet Creating Horizons Tikkun Olam Project, a unique Socio – Cultural project at the Cuban Jewish Community. You will have the opportunity to meet with young Cuban artists while preparing snacks and decorating the place for a Carnival with Cuban children from the regular Cuban society.

  • Rikkudim classes together with Young Jewish people.

  • Dinner on your own

Day 4 –Havana (B, D)

  • Visit Callejón de Hamel, a unique street in Centro Habana featuring hundreds of art displays and public music performances

  • Walking tour of Old Havana, with free time for lunch on your own

  • Cigar Factory Tour and Rum factory (Included)

  • Enjoy free time in the famed San Jose handicraft market on the pier, next to Havana’s newest microbrewery

  • Enjoy your last free night in Havana

Day 5 –Santa Clara (B, L, D)

  • Check Out

  • Drive to Santa Clara.

  • Visit the Jewish Community and the Jewish Cemetery there.

  • Visit the Che Guevara Memorial

  • Lunch at Rosa Linda (Included)

  • Dinner and accommodation at Villa Las Brujas

Day 6 – Santa Clara (B)

  • Flight to Miami, Florida



Why Do an Alternative Spring Break with UM Hillel?

Service is a fundamental value in Judaism. Through our extensive Alternative Break program, you have the opportunity to explore this principle by immersing yourself in a domestic or global community to learn about and actively combat social justice issues. While on an Alternative Break, you will work in a team and learn about a particular issue, engage in short-term service projects, interact with the local community, hear from experts, and enjoy fun team activities. Alternative Breaks will challenge you to think critically about the relationship between social justice and Judaism, your personal obligation to others and your ability to make change in the world. For questions, email Janu Mendel, UM Hillel Director of Engagement 


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