Gedera

Living Out Their Jewish Values — Quickly

Fueled by young Jews’ interest, short-term social-justice trips are booming, and becoming more professional.

01/18/2011
Staff Writer

In Gedera, a predominantly Ethiopian town in central Israel, a group of college students from the University of Massachusetts began clearing a litter-strewn courtyard in the town center. Their goal: to plant a community garden in a little more than a week’s time.

As they tilled the soil, older Ethiopians who lived in the area began peering out their windows, watching curiously as the project unfolded. After some time, they came outside and began helping as well.

Hands to work: University of Michigan students in Nicaragua. Courtesy of AJWS
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