Urban Mitzvah Corps

Against the backdrop of the safe and culturally rich environment of Rutgers University, Urban Mitzvah Corps (UMC) offers exciting social justice opportunities in and around New Brunswick, NJ. UMC provides participants with an authentic opportunity to explore their Jewish identities through the lens of social justice and engagement with new communities.

Take advantage of our longstanding relationships with local organizations through volunteer efforts and intense hands-on learning. Each participant will have the opportunity to select which volunteer experience best suites their interests, in areas of focus such as engaging in food and economic justice, making a difference in the lives of families and children who are underprivileged and the elderly. Evenings are devoted to strengthening the community and deepening the program's connection to Jewish values through social and educational learning.

Issue Focus: Community Empowerment

For more than 50 years, Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey has connected Jewish teens with opportunities to serve alongside incredible organizations and community leaders making a real difference in the lives of individuals throughout the greater New Brunswick area.

Today we maintain strong relationships with our three core partners. Throughout the course of the summer, participants will have the chance to select two of the following issues to focus on, and corresponding organizations to work with:

  • Care for the Elderly. Our partnership with Regency Jewish Heritage gives Mitzvah Corps participants the ability to connect with the incredible stories and narratives of our older Jewish community members, and maintain the strong legacy of l’dor v’dor, from generation to generation. With a collective goal to enrich the lives entrusted to Regency, participants engage the residents in various activities, infusing joy and energy into their daily routine.
  • Food Justice. Founded with the intention of sharing not only our own food with others, but the tools for people to feed themselves, Elijah’s Promise provides both direct meal service and culinary skills training to those in need of work experience and employment. Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey participants have the chance to work alongside these individuals as they harvest, prepare, and serve, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the holistic approach that Elijah’s Promise takes toward food justice.
  • At-Risk Youth. The City of New Brunswick offers a fully subsidized summer program for children from low-income households who would otherwise lack direction, and sustenance, while school is out for the summer. Mitzvah Corps New Jersey participants have the opportunity to be junior counselors at PLAY SAFE (Summer Activities For Everyone), engaging these children in a variety of activities like swimming, sports, music, reading, and dance, making an indelible impact on their summers and lives.

Social Justice

We have built long-lasting relationships with the following sites based on their demonstrated success in providing authentic hands-on, meaningful experiences that allow participants to see the direct effects that their dedication have on the community. Participants will have the opportunity select two of the sites to work with during each summer:

  • Elijah's Promise fights to end hunger through promoting good food for all, providing education and job training for the food industry, and creating social enterprise food businesses that help build a better world.
  • Regency Heritage Nursing strives to enrich the lives of the elderly, and provides a variety of social, medical, and educational programs for its residents to create an environment of compassionate care.
  • Play SAFE is a fully subsidized summer day camp for children from New Brunswick, and provides them with not only a variety of fun daily activities, but also nutritious meals, throughout the summer free of charge.

Communal Living 

Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey participants are housed together in a sorority house on the Rutgers University campus, where together they will:

  • Share in the responsibility of maintaining a healthy and clean living environment
  • Practice living independently, including time management and personal awareness.
  • Have access to acres of outdoor space at Rutgers University
  • Explore Jewish life on campus

Vibrant Daily Life

When not at their job sites, exploring local non-profit organizations, or engaging in meaningful learning, participants have access to a wide range of activities accessible throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and plenty of time is given to building community and relationships each summer. Typical activities may include:

  • Taking in a baseball game
  • Visit to the local county fair
  • Watching the sunrise on the beach
  • Spending a day at the lake
  • Participating in the annual Balloon Festival

Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey operates on a regular schedule, with participants spending each weekday at their worksites, with afternoons to relax create community programs, and evenings to engage in learning, learn about other non-profit organizations, or explore activities around New Brunswick. Over the course of the program, a routine becomes well established, and participants are given the independence to create their own schedules within the framework of the program at large. Below is a sample of a typical day at UMC.

7:30am - Wake up! Use the kitchen in the house to make breakfast and pack a lunch.

8:30am - Depart for volunteer site (either walking or being driven by a staff member): Elijah's Promise, Regency Heritage, or Elijah's Promise.

9:00am - Spend the majority of the day immersed in volunteering. Build meaningful relationships with the community, and engage with them for an extended period of time. Each Mitzvah Corps participants has the opportunity to work with two sites, for two weeks each. Lunch is eaten on site.

3:30pm - Return to the house.

4:00pm - Free time. Relax around the house, do laundry, plan some programs, or enjoy the New Brunswick community and head into town for a snack.

6:00pm - Dinner as a group.

7:30pm - Evening activities. A Jewish prayer experience, meeting with a local leader or member of the clergy, interactive group program, field trip, social activity, or combination! This is the time to delve into the issues that are addressed during the day at the worksites, and develop a new skill set and perspective. Its also time to build strong friendships with fellow UMC participants!

10:00pm - Evening ritual. Time to conclude the day, and prepare for tomorrow.

11:30pm - Lights out!

How will teens get to and from New Jersey?

Participants who do not live within driving distance of New Brunswick, New Jersey should plan to either fly or take the train to Newark International Airport (EWR), where they will be greeted by Mitzvah Corps staff and accompanied back to the program. Detailed instructions on booking travel will be provided upon registration. Travel to and from New Jersey is not included in the program tuition.

What if a participant needs to travel as an unaccompanied minor?

Domestic carriers have varying regulations regarding unaccompanied minors (read specific policies and fees of major domestic carriers Southwest, United, Delta, American, and JetBlue). Please refer to the protocol of the chosen airline, and notify Mitzvah Corps in advance of the program so that we can provide the contact information for the staff member who will greet the teen upon their arrival, and coordinate a smooth travel experience.

Are vaccinations required for participation on Mitzvah Corps?

The Union for Reform Judaism requires that all camp and travel program participants, staff and faculty must be immunized. Medical exemptions are granted in rare cases; please contact us regarding any potential exemptions prior to registration. For more information, please refer to the URJ Policy Statement on Vaccine Status.

What are the physical requirements for participation on this program?

Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey (UMC) requires light physical activity (walking/jogging with kids, spending long periods of time standing, etc). While, as with all Mitzvah Corps programs, participants are expected to be independent and not require one-on-one supervision, this program does not have any specific physical requirements. Currently, UMC is not ADA compliant.

Will participants receive documentation of community service?

Yes! Upon completion, participants will receive documentation for 160 hours of community service. Please note that this number is inclusive of all social justice community engagement; participants who are looking to document specific, traditional direct service hours should contact Mitzvah Corps in advance with any questions.

What are the housing accommodations like in New Jersey?

Participants and staff reside in the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority house next to Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus during the program. This three-story house is air conditioned and includes an industrial kitchen, smaller kitchenette, large dining room, and common room space, as well as numerous bedrooms that sleep 2-4 participants, and bathrooms on each floor. Bed linens and pillows are not provided, and there are laundry facilities available for use free of charge.

What kind of clothing should participants pack for Mitzvah Corps?

Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey participants should pack clothes that are informal, comfortable, and allow them the ability to be physically active; this includes close-toed shoes, which are required at all of the worksites. They will spend time both in air conditioned indoor locations, as well as in the outdoor heat and humidity. Many of the volunteering locations involve moving around, playing games, cooking, and more! Additionally, each participant should also bring at least one "nice/professional" outfit for Shabbat at a local congregation, or meetings with legislative professionals.

The Phi Sigma Sigma house is air conditioned, so participants can dress comfortably while at home. Participants should bring their own bedding, toiletries, and personal items. Laundry facilities are available for use, free of charge.

How will laundry get done?

The house has several washing machines and dryers that are available to the participants free of charge, and laundry detergent is provided.

Do teens need spending money?

The tuition covers all meals, trips, and special programs. Some families may wish to send extra money with their teen to cover other food or snacks eaten at non-meal times, gifts purchased while on trips, and other discretionary items. Anywhere from $30 to $40 per week should be sufficient. The participants will be responsible for their own money. There are ATM machines on campus.

Are visitors permitted at Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey?

Yes, we do permit visitors at specific, pre-determined times, and the information is available prior to each summer. In order to take a teen off site during these pre-determined times, any non parent or guardian visitors must be 21 years or older, and a parent must have pre-designated that person as being allowed to do so. If a participant’s family wishes to take their teen offsite at any other time, they must get approval in advance from an Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey Program Leader, in consultation with the Mitzvah Corps Directors.

How does Mitzvah Corps handle teens who become ill or injured?

The participants’ health and safety is our primary concern during the summer. In all instances where the health of a teen is in question, parents/guardians will be contacted.

The Mitzvah Corps staff are First Aid/AED and CPR certified, and will carry a variety of supplies and over-the-counter medications at all times; parents/guardians have the option to give permission for the staff to administer these medications while completing the health history forms.

If a teen needs medical attention beyond what can be provided by the staff, or there in event of an emergency, the group always has access to quality professional care.

Do teens have to be affiliated with NFTY-GER to participate in Urban Mitzvah Corps New Jersey?

No! Though UMC's history is rooted in NFTY-GER (the North American Federation of Temple Youth's Garden Empire Region, or Reform Jewish youth group in the New Jersey area), we are very excited to be a part of the suite of Mitzvah Corps programs. We have found over the years, that having participants from across North America only brings new perspectives and a broader outlook to the participants.

How do meals work? We keep a fully stocked kitchen with plenty of options for meals and snacks. There are cold breakfast options available to the participants each morning, and each teens is responsible for preparing and packing themselves a bagged lunch to each on their job site during the day.  Dinners are eaten as hot meals together as a community, and prepared by the professional kitchen staff at the house.

"It’s already clear that this is one of the most rewarding programs we’ll ever be a part of. The kids we work with have grown up in a completely different way than we have, and getting to know them has made us realize the privilege we’ve had our entire lives." – Abby, TX

"Urban Mitzvah Corps has changed my life by showing me the profound impact service can have on our communities." Josh, NJ

"The residents at Regency [Heritage Nursing Home] feel a connection to us, just as people all over New Brunswick have felt connections to Mitzvah Corps participants every summer for the past 47 years. Mitzvah Corps is about that personal connection. It's not just about helping people, but about getting to know them."Adam, NJ

Group Travel Protection Plan

Families are highly encouraged to sign-up for travel insurance in order to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected.

Insurance Benefits
Trip Cancellation Trip Cost*
Trip Interruption $150% of Trip Cost
Travel Delay 6 Hours $750 ($150/day)
Missed Connection 3 Hours 3 Hours $500
Baggage/Personal Effects  $1,500
Baggage Delay – 24 hours $300
Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation $150,000
Accident & Sickness Medical Expense $25,000
Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation $100,000
Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR)** Optional-75% of Trip Cost

Non-Insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.
* Up to the lesser of the Trip Cost paid or the limit of Coverage for which benefits are requested and the appropriate plan cost has been paid. Maximum limit of $10,000
** CFAR coverage is 75% of the nonrefundable trip cost. CFAR is optional. Trip cancellation must be 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure.

CFAR must be purchased at the time of plan purchase and with, or before your final payment. This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

Plan Cost

Trip Cost General Protection Policy General Protection Policy with up to $500 Domestic Travel Coverage Cancel For Any Reason Policy* Cancel For Any Reason Policy with up to $500 Domestic Travel Coverage*
$4,700 $145.00 $159.00 $212.50 $233.50

Prices include nonrefundable $10 processing fee.
Please note, travel insurance policy premiums are non-refundable.
*Not available to NY residents

General Limitations and Exclusions

Insurance benefits are not payable for any loss due to, arising or resulting from: 1. suicide, attempted suicide or any intentionally self-inflicted injury of You, a Traveling Companion, Family Member or Business Partner booked to travel with You, while sane or insane; 2. an act of declared or undeclared war; 3. participating in maneuvers or training exercises of an armed service, except while participating in weekend or summer training for the reserve forces of the United States, including the National Guard; 4. riding or driving in races, or speed or endurance competitions or events; 5. mountaineering (engaging in the sport of scaling mountains generally requiring the use of picks, ropes, or other special equipment); 6. participating as a member of a team in an organized sporting competition; 7. participating in bodily contact sports, skydiving or parachuting, hang gliding or bungee cord jumping; 8. piloting or learning to pilot or acting as a member of the crew of any aircraft; 9. being Intoxicated, or under the influence of any controlled substance unless as administered or prescribed by a Legally Qualified Physician; 10. the commission of or attempt to commit a felony or being engaged in an illegal occupation; 11. normal childbirth or pregnancy (except Complications of Pregnancy) or voluntarily induced abortion; 12. dental treatment (except as coverage is otherwise specifically provided); 13. amounts which exceed the Maximum Benefit Amount for each coverage as shown in the Schedule of Benefits; 14. due to a Pre-Existing Condition, as defined in the Policy. The Pre-Existing Condition Limitation does not apply to the Emergency Medical Evacuation or return of remains coverage; 15. medical treatment during or arising from a Trip undertaken for the purpose or intent of securing medical treatment; 16. a mental or nervous condition, unless hospitalized for that condition while the Policy is in effect for You; 17. due to loss or damage (including death or injury) and any associated cost or expense resulting directly from the discharge, explosion or use of any device, weapon or material employing or involving chemical, biological, radiological or similar agents, whether in time of peace or war, and regardless of who commits the act and regardless of any other sequence thereto.
The following limitation applies to Trip Cancellation: All cancellations must be reported directly to the Travel Supplier within 72 hours of the event causing the need to cancel, unless the event prevents it, and then as soon as is reasonably possible. If the cancellation is not reported within the specified 72 hour period, the Company will not pay for additional charges, which would not have, been incurred had You notified the Travel Supplier in the specified period. If the event prevents You from reporting the cancellation, the 72-hour notice requirement does not apply; however, You must, if requested, provide proof that said event prevented him or her from reporting the cancellation within the specified period.
Additional Limitations and Exclusions Specific to Baggage and Personal Effects: Benefits are not payable for any loss caused by or resulting from: breakage of brittle or fragile articles; wear and tear or gradual deterioration; confiscation or appropriation by order of any government or custom’s rule; theft or pilferage while left in any unlocked or unattended vehicle; property illegally acquired, kept, stored or transported; Your negligent acts or omissions; or property shipped as freight or shipped prior to the Scheduled Departure Date; or electrical current, including electric arcing that damages or destroys electrical devices or appliances.


Please refer to the plan documents below for a complete description of coverage.

How to Purchase

Our group travel insurance policy can be selected and paid for as part of your Mitzvah Corps registration.If you have already registered and declined to purchase at that time, call our Travel Programs Registrar at 212-452-6517. Note that travel insurance must be purchased before your final payment or May 1, whichever is sooner.

ADDITIONAL TERMS

  • Policies are only available for USA residents.
  • The supplemental "Cancellation for Any Reason" benefit is not valid for New York residents.
  • All benefits are subject to policy exclusions. See the full policy above for complete details.

Questions? Contact info@travelinsuranceisrael.com or 1-888-747-3773

In over 50 years of sponsoring immersive summer programs, we have maintained the safety and security of our participants as our primary concern, and Mitzvah Corps has a well deserved reputation for care and caution in designing and implementing these programs. While operating immersive programs in real cities around the world carries some inherent risk, we work hard to ensure our safety standards and practices are the best they can be.

Union for Reform Judaism

Our support team includes the entirety of the Union for Reform Judaism, which engages thousands of children and teens in immersive programming, travel, and camping each summer. This network provides invaluable expertise, knowledge, and training in longstanding safety and security protocols that all Mitzvah Corps programs adhere to.

Staff Preparation and Training

All Mitzvah Corps staff members are over the age of 21+ and have completed a rigorous interview process, with reference and background checks. They are experienced in immersive programming, group travel, and working with teens. Each staff member attends a mandatory staff orientation prior to the summer, and will have training in CPR, First Aid, and safety and security protocols. Our staff/participant ratio is never more than 1 to 10, and staff are “on” 24/7 throughout the duration of the program, ready and able to assist in any potential situation.

Location Boundaries and Guidelines

The staff are familiar with the program locations, and will clearly communicate designated boundaries for participants to stay in as a group, and when given free time on their own to explore. When traveling to work sites and activities outside the immediate housing area, each location is pre-approved by our staff and adheres to our high safety standards.

Relationships With Safety Officials

In each program location, we connect with local safety and health officials to ensure we receive the utmost in care and support from their services. We work closely with campus and local police and first responders to provide as many safeguards for our participants as possible, and all housing accommodations are in secure buildings. Additionally, we are in touch with the government tourism offices in our international program locations to confirm our routes and destinations are secure.

Potential Illness or Injury

The health and safety of our participants is our primary concern during the summer, and we work hard to ensure they are getting adequate sleep and hydration, and are taking proper safety precautions during all activities. However, living in close proximity to a group of peers, increased exposure to new elements in new places, and experiencing a variety of physical activity is unavoidable, and on occasion, participants do become ill or injured.

In the event that a participant is unable to fully participate, we assess their ability to modify involvement with the group, or the need to remain behind for the day, and provide adequate staff supervision as necessary. Furthermore, we have relationships with local doctors, and are always within a close proximity to urgent and emergent care facilities, should the need for either arise.

We assess any potential illness or injury on a case-by-case basis, and in any situation where the health of a participant is in question, the parents or guardians will be contacted.

Mitzvah Corps programs are designed to bring teens out of their comfort zones, to enable them to experiment with increased levels of independence, and to immerse them in new environments. We strive to create communities that are welcoming and celebratory of a diverse group of individuals, approach new situations with sensitivity and respect, and maintain a high standard of health, safety, and security.

While immersion into new environments, often without the comforts of home, requires experimentation with increased levels of independence in certain areas, traveling with a group also necessitates that each participant be open to following guidelines and expectations that may feel more restrictive than they are accustomed to.

Our team values transparency, and in order to ensure a successful summer, this unique setting requires that all participants adhere to certain expectations, which are outlined below.

Expectations of Independence

There are some basic expectations of independent living that help ensure the programs are safe for all involved.

We expect that all Mitzvah Corps participants:

  • Will be willing to participate in all program activities (volunteering, educational sessions, etc).
  • Are able to understand and follow multi-step directions.
  • Are able to communicate their needs.
  • Will not require one-on-one supervision or shadowing.
  • Will not wander or elope from the group.
  • Will not threaten harm to themselves, or engage in self injury.
  • Will not threaten harm, or be violent or physically aggressive, toward others.
  • Will maintain a healthy diet while on their program to ensure that they stay nourished and hydrated.
  • Are able to manage their own self hygiene.
  • Will be able to manage any challenges they may have with the tools and skills that have been successful in their home setting, and are available to them over the summer.
  • Will approach new situations and communities with respect, and open mind, and sensitivity toward local culture.

Community Policies

Participants are required to adhere to the policies outlined below, and to refrain from engaging in any behavior that jeopardizes the welfare of the community. These Community Policies are expanded upon in a document that will be signed by all participants and parent(s)/guardian(s) upon registration.

We expect that all Mitzvah Corps participants:

  • Act with respect for the well-being and rights of others.
  • Respect both community property and the property of others.
  • Maintain a safe environment void of weapons or illegal substances.
  • Be aware of the impact that their relationships with their peers may have on other members of the community.
  • Adhere to staff instructions regarding their whereabouts.
  • Refrain from operating any motor vehicle.
  • Refrain from any use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs.
  • Be positive and cooperative in all of their dealings with the program staff.
  • Behave in a safe way towards their own body.
  • Maintain reasonably clean living space and respect communal space.
  • Adhere to the electronics policies agreed upon at the start of each program.
  • Adhere to any state and federal regulations.
  • Adhere to any additional guidelines set forth by the program staff.

Relevant Judaism

At Mitzvah Corps, we provide opportunities for our participants to use Reform Jewish values as the foundation for their engagement in social justice. Our programs are designed to be as immersive into the local communities as possible, and to engage participants in the powerful process of identifying the ways that Judaism influences the way they view their role in the world. Each participant, with the support of their peers and staff, will become equipped with the tools to integrate their values into their daily routines, conversations, and activities, and live a relevant, meaningful Jewish life upon returning home.

Diverse Jewish Experiences

We ensure a welcoming environment for children from a variety of Jewish backgrounds; although many of our participants have experience within the Reform Jewish movement, we also welcome teens whose families affiliate with other denominations, including Conservative, Reconstructionist, Modern Orthodox, as well as families that are unaffiliated, interfaith, or new to Judaism.

Among each group, participants have had a range of previous Jewish experiences; some being well versed in immersive Jewish experiences, and some never having participated in Jewish programming before. Our staff are prepared and enthused about building communities of teens with diverse experiences, and we find the variety in perspectives to be a significant strength of the Mitzvah Corps program.

Shabbat

As one of our primary goals is to create environments that allow participants to apply Jewish values to any and all of their surroundings, each Mitzvah Corps program celebrates Shabbat in a way that is unique to the community they are immersed in.

Each Friday evening will include extra time in the afternoon to rest and prepare for Shabbat, as well as a special meal and a Shabbat evening worship or spiritual experience. Saturday mornings typically allow for a late wake up, and an alternative, meaningful way to engage in the week’s Torah portion. When possible and appropriate, groups may observe Shabbat as part of a congregation affiliated with any Jewish movement, an alternative unaffiliated Jewish community, or amongst themselves.

HOW TO REGISTER

CampInTouch is our secure registration system. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can choose to Save for Later" at any time and your information will be saved for when you are ready to complete the registration.

Before you begin, make sure you:

  • Have reviewed all relevant information on the right hand side of this page, including our vaccination, payment, and cancellation policies
  • Have your Visa or MasterCard ready, if paying online

TO KNOW BEFORE YOU REGISTER

PAYING THE DEPOSIT You will need to pay a deposit of $500 per teen for Urban Mitzvah Corps. We can process VISA or MasterCard payments, or you can pay by eCheck. We will charge your selected method of payment when we process your registration, within one week of your submission.

PAYING YOUR BALANCE We require all families to make a $2,000 interim payment by March 1, 2020. Your final balance is due May 1, 2020. Instructions for making these payments will be included in the correspondences you receive after registering.

ADDITIONAL FEES Anyone not affiliated with a URJ congregation will be charged an additional $200 fee at checkout. A $100 discount for registering for multiple sessions, and/or for being a returning participant, will be applied after enrollment.

Registrations Prior to March 1

Autopay in Four Installments-By selecting this option, you authorize the Union for Reform Judaism to automatically charge the account selected in four payments on the following schedule: $500 deposit per program at time of enrollment; $2,000 per program enrolled on March 1; 50% of remaining balance on April 1; and remaining balance on May 1.

Autopay in Three Installments-By selecting this option, you authorize the Union for Reform Judaism to automatically charge the account selected in three payments on the following schedule: $500 deposit per program at time of enrollment; $2,000 per program enrolled on March 1; and remaining balance on May 1.

Registrations After March 1

Autopay in Three Installments-By selecting this option, you authorize the Union for Reform Judaism to automatically charge the account selected in three payments on the following schedule: $2,000 per program at time of enrollment (deposit and interim payment combined); 50% of remaining balance on April 1; and remaining balance on May 1.

Autopay in Two Installments-By selecting this option, you authorize the Union for Reform Judaism to automatically charge the account selected in two payments on the following schedule: $2,000 per program at time of enrollment (deposit and interim payment combined); and remaining balance on May 1.

Always Available

Manual Online Payments-By selecting this option, you agree to follow the Union for Reform Judaism Teen Travel Programs payment schedule, which requires a $500 deposit per program at time of enrollment; a $2,000 interim payment per program enrolled due by March 1; and remaining balance paid in full by May 1. You may login and pay in installments at your discretion prior to these deadlines.

Pay in Full at Time of Enrollment-By selecting this option, you agree to pay in full by your selected payment method at the time of enrollment, within 5 business days from now. Please note that if you did not opt in to the Travel Protection Insurance plan on the registration, you will not be able to opt in after your payment is made.

*If you need to discuss payment plan options, please contact Paige Kohn at 201-419-6553.

Through March 1, refunds will be given without penalty (see exclusion regarding travel insurance premiums below).

After March 1 until May 1, the $500 deposit and $2,000 additional payment ($2,500 combined) are nonrefundable.

After May 1, no refunds will be issued for withdrawal from the program.

Travel Insurance premiums are non-refundable.

Should the participant be withdrawn from Mitzvah Corps for treatment of an illness or accident taking place during the program, a refund on a pro-rated basis will be made.

Refunds will not be made if the participant has attended any portion of the program. This covers all circumstances (barring the exception above), including but not limited to: homesickness, refusal or inability to participate in program activities, or violation of rules that result in dismissal.

Any exceptions to the above will be reviewed by Mitzvah Corps on a case-by-case basis.

All participants who register before the Early Action deadline will automatically receive a discount of $300. This will be applied to your account at checkout.

Returning Mitzvah Corps participants will automatically receive a $100 discount. This will be applied to your account after you register and pay your deposit.

Participants registering for multiple Mitzvah Corps programs in the same summer will receive a $100 discount per additional program. This will be applied to your account after you register and pay your deposit.

Mitzvah Corps is financially supported by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), made possible by the membership dues of our affiliates. Participants who are not members of a Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) affiliated Reform congregation will be charged a $200 non member fee in addition to the price listed. This non member fee will be added to your balance due following your registration.

The Union for Reform Judaism requires that all camp and travel program participants, staff and faculty must be immunized. Medical exemptions are granted in rare cases. Please contact us regarding any potential exemptions prior to registration. For more information, read the URJ Policy Statement on Vaccine Status.

We recommend a third-party Travel Protection Insurance policy that may allow you to recoup some or all of the nonrefundable expenses you may incur due to cancellation, dismissal, injury requiring withdrawal from the program, lost or delayed luggage, or other unexpected circumstances. Policy details are available on our travel insurance tab. We are not a travel protection insurance provider. We cannot guarantee the applicability of third-party travel protection policies purchased by non-recommended insurers. You may opt to purchase our recommended policy on the program registration form. Travel Insurance premiums are non-refundable.

Mitzvah Corps programs have limited capacity. If your desired program is full, you will have the option to register for that program's wait list.

In order to secure a spot on a program’s wait list, you will register for the program through our regular online registration system, using the links on the left of this page. You will be asked to submit payment information, but you will not be charged a deposit.

If a spot opens up, you will be notified via email, and will have 24 hours to accept the space by replying to the email. We will then switch your status from registered to enrolled, and we will charge you the appropriate deposit. Detailed instructions will be provided in the notification email.

Many families register for a program’s wait list, and in addition, decide to secure a space on another program. In the event a space becomes available on your first choice, we will be able to cancel your second registration, and transfer your information and payment over to your first choice.

GET HELP WITH REGISTRATION

ALL FAMILIES Click the 'Register Now' button – and then create a new account with your email and a password of your choice.

Please make sure to save your login information for future use!

After registering your first participant and reaching the final “Application Submitted” screen, click the “Begin New Application” link. All the information for your first participant will be saved as you begin the application for your next participant.

The application will assign the person completing the online form as “Primary” parent/guardian and this person will have the main login for the account. You can add additional parents/guardian contact information and email addresses to the account, but the camp will consider the “Primary” person as the main point of contact by default.

Please note that communications sent from or through our online account system to Gmail email addresses often get filtered to a spam folder. Please check your spam folder following registration if you do not receive a confirmation of enrollment.

If you still have not received an email, please give the office a call.

At A Glance

Dates: Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Sunday, July 26, 2020
Length: 29 days
Issue Focus: Community Empowerment
Community Service Hours: 160
Cost: $4400 - Early bird before January 2, 2020; $4700 - Full Tuition
Mitzvah Corps is open to all rising 10th - graduating 12th graders.