What is Pesach Project?
Pesach Project is a program of Hillel of Greater Washington that annually selects up to 15 Washington-based college students to travel to a Ukrainian city for ten days over Passover. Project fellows work closely with local Jewish students in leading Seders, conducting home-visits with elderly Jews, and exploring their Jewish identity through interaction with a diverse cross section of the Jewish community.
What kind of training is provided?
Prior to departure in mid-April, fellows participate in a semester-long series of weekly training sessions, including guest speakers, practice Seders and a variety of hands-on activities, culminating with an overnight Shabbaton to fully prepare each of us for this uniquely enriching and powerful experience. Additionally, we work with fellows who wish to develop or improve their Hebrew and Russian language skills on an independent basis.
Who can participate?
The fellowship is open to Jewish students at any of the schools of Hillel of Greater Washington. In recent years, fellows have come from American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
How do I participate?
Applications for the program are available through your campus Hillel or the regional center and should be returned to Hillel of Greater Washington by October 31, 2003.
How is the project funded?
Pesach Project is funded through the United Jewish Endowment Fund of Greater Washington, local Washington and national foundations and individual donors.
What are the financial obligations of each fellow?
As a Pesach Project fellow your travel to Ukraine and all related expenses are totally paid for. We do ask, however, that each fellow raise $300 to offset the cost of the program. In recent years, fellows have raised this money from friends, family and contacts in their own community. Each fellow is also expected to travel with pocket money for personal expenses, souvenirs, etc.
How will the program affect my class attendance?
Although our time in Ukraine will, of course, coincide with Passover, we cannot, as of yet, specify the exact dates of this year's program. Departure and return dates to be announced (late March to early April 2004). However, each project fellow must fully commit to the program and must be prepared to make up missed class work. We will provide you with official documentation for your universities and we know from past experiences that most professors are extremely cooperative and understanding.
How can I find out more about the program?
For further information on Pesach Project contact student coordinator Ari Mittleman at (202) 744-7170 - [email protected] visit the HoGW website at www.hillelwash.org. In addition, feel free to approach your campus Hillel staff who can put you in touch with former Project Pesach fellows at your university. There will also be informational meetings held at most campuses.