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Staying In Touch: January 2008

January 2008 / Shevat 5768

This issue of the URJ College Department email is to let you know about travel opportunities available to college age participants in 2008 around the world.  The URJ College Department currently offers programs in New Orleans, Argentina and Israel on a short-term and long-term basis.

Gulf Coast Relief: KESHER’s Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans
March 9-14, 2008

The work is not yet done! Through a generous grant made possible by United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, for only $75 (plus travel to and from New Orleans), join KESHER, the College Department of the Union for Reform Judaism, as we continue Judaism’s commitment to tikkun olam.  During this six day trip, through hands-on service and interaction with the Jewish and secular community of New Orleans, college students will be able to make a difference and continue the much-needed work of repairing the South.

For registration information, please visit:

KESHER’s Argentina Ambassadors
May 17-28, 2008

Have your college students experience the trip that students have described as “a once in a lifetime” opportunity that builds connections with a vibrant Diaspora community.

KESHER’s Argentina Ambassadors program provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the people, culture, and history of Argentina and, specifically, to make personal connections to Argentina’s Progressive Jewish community. Ambassadors will participate in a range of activities including tours of historical sites, a Shabbat experience with the Progressive community, a night on the town, and more. A major component of the program is a five day community service project to benefit a Jewish colony in Argentina.

For more information, please visit: is a web portal for all of the URJ’s Israel programs, whether for teens and high school, college and young adults or adults and families.  On this site one can find out more information on Tamarim: Reform Israel program (TRIP), Reform Semester in Israel (RSI) and our TAGLIT-Birthright Israel: URJ KESHER Trip for your current college students.

Taglit –Birthright Israel: URJ-KESHER Trip 
Free 10-Day Israel Experience

Encourage your 18-26 year-old to join thousands of others for a FREE, fun and adventure filled Israel experience. As an official Birthright Israel program sponsor, The Union for Reform Judaism offers a free 10-day trip to Israel for all Jewish 18-26 year olds. The URJ Kesher Birthright Trip provides young adults with the opportunity to travel with new friends, to connect with Israel, and to return home enriched.

To date, more than 150,000 young adults have taken advantage of Birthright Israel. Birthright inspires participants to explore their Jewish identity, to deepen engagement in Jewish life and to feel a personal connection to the land and people of Israel.

Don't miss out on providing your 18 - 26 year old the opportunity of a lifetime.

To apply for the URJ Kesher FREE 10-Day Birthright Experience visit
*Registration begins on February 12, 2008 for Spring and Summer 2008 programs.

Register early, space is limited.
For more information visit

RSI: Reform Semester in Israel
A university semester abroad in Israel with a Reform focus

Reform Semester in Israel (RSI) is semester abroad program for Reform college students who are looking for a fulfilling and positive way to spend a semester and to experience Reform Jewish life in Israel. Students will have the option of studying at either Hebrew University in Jerusalem or University of Haifa, and to enjoy the services provided by these programs, as well as participate in a number of program specific extra-curricular activities geared for Reform college students throughout the semester. 

Students will receive college credit based on the number of courses taken. Prior to the beginning of the spring semester begins, RSI participants will take part in a journey to Spain which will explore Spain's ancient Jewish world as well as gaining an understanding of where the modern Jewish community is headed, as well as an ulpan, a Hebrew language immersion classes provided by each university in Israel.

RSI aims to give participants the greatest access to both the chosen university as well as Reform Judaism in Israel.  By participating in additional Shabbat retreats, optional volunteer programs and integration into the progressive Jewish community in Israel students will gain a broad view of Israeli society.

Tamarim: Reform Israel Program

Tamarim: Reform Israel Program (TRIP) is a first year university program for Reform Jewish youth. TRIP participants will select from several different tracks, each gives the opportunity to explore different segments of Israeli society and create dynamic a Reform community. The program combines formal and informal learning opportunities, and an exploration of Israel's land, people and culture. In addition, participants will join Reform Zionist youth from around the world. This is an amazing year-long Israel experience with a variety of options throughout.  Graduates of the Tamarim are uniquely prepared to serve as leaders in their Reform Jewish community and to continue their college studies successfully.

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