NU Hillel ASB Morocco 2014
A team for JEWISH UNITED FUND OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
a team to fundraise for a service learning trip to Morocco that will explore the cultural history and complexities both Jewish and Moroccan.
Hillel is going to Morocco to explore community, culture, and complexity. In addition to learning about and visiting sites important to Morocco's rich but complex Jewish history, participants will immerse themselves in the small village community of Tighza through hands-on service work. A collaboration with Baraka Community Partnerships, a global service organization with close ties to the village, will ensure that students work alongside locals on projects that best serve the community’s immediate needs. Following the three days of service, students will spend the weekend exploring Marrakech, among Africa’s busiest and culturally rich cities, and have the opportunity to engage the Jewish community there.
For at least 2,000 years, Jews have lived and prospered in Morocco. Today, however, while many important cultural sites remain, fewer than 2,500 Jews remain in the country. Using core Jewish values as a lens, students will grapple with questions about community engagement, diaspora, and how service can be done in a reflective and meaningful way.