Alternative Spring Break
Take your spring break to the next level.
Join Urban Adamah for a week of heart-opening and mind expanding growth.
Exclusively for Hillel students.
Your time on the farm will include, hands-on organic farming, Jewish earth-based learning, ritual, and practice, food justice training, community building, farm-to-fork cooking, and highlights from our highly acclaimed Urban Adamah Fellowship
“Our students returned from Urban Adamah energized in their leadership roles on campus and even more committed to Jewish values of mindfulness, sustainability, and justice. We look forward to coming back again and again.”
Michael Simon, Executive Director
Northwestern University Hillel
What will I learn?
Food & Farming
Farming at Urban Adamah and other urban gardens / farms providing healthy foods to those who can’t afford it; Learning and practicing sustainable living; Cooking collectively with food harvested from the farm; Exploring the challenges facing our current food system.
Community Building & Leadership
Linking food and farming to community and culture; Developing communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.
Exploring and reimagining prayer, mindfulness practice, Shabbat, and embodied text study; Considering food and ecological issues through the lens of Jewish values, traditions, and perspectives; Building a vibrant Jewish community among peers.
Participating in trips with partner organizations working on Food justice in underserved communities
Learning about food access and equity
Facilitating Urban Adamah’s weekly Free Farm Stand
Food & Lodging
This program takes place at our urban farm in Berkeley, California. Participants sleep in our newly built Retreat Residence, with up to four participants per room.
Food is delicious, abundant, and vegetarian. All meals are prepared by students, and supervised by Hillel chaperones and Urban Adamah staff. Some of the produce used in meals comes from the Urban Adamah farm. Food is ingredient kosher but not necessarily hechshered and not supervised by a mashgiach.
One staff chaperone from Hillel is required to attend with each group. This staff person becomes part of the program team and assists with supervision while farming, learning, cooking, and during down time. Chaperons do not pay a participant fee but their full participation and support is required.
Fees & Booking Requirements
$725 per student per week
The fee covers all program materials, meals, snacks, and transportation to off-site programs. Transportation to and from the site on arrival and departure days is not included. Airfare is also not included.
There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants per week to run a program, with a maximum of 24 participants. Individual Hillel groups must guarantee a minimum of 12 students, or combine with another school to meet this minimum. Urban Adamah reserves the right to combine Hillel groups from different schools up to the participant maximum.
*No charge for Hillel staff chaperone
NorthWestern University Hillel
“My time at Urban Adamah rejuvenated me. It gave me space to connect to others, the earth, and my spirituality. I learned about the importance of food justice in ways I had never seen before. I am excited to take this positive energy back to my regular life.”
New York University Hillel
“This spring break was a renewing retreat back to nature without excluding the outside world. We were able to explore modern topics through a spiritual lens and were able to take a closer look within ourselves in a safe, supportive environment.”
Ezra fellow | NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
“Amazing. One week of profound connection to land, food, music, and gratitude inspired and grounded our students in so many ways. Rachel and her team were incredible! Our students left well equipped to transpose their UA experience to NYC living. We’ll be back next year.”