Category Archives: Mexico '10

Welcome to Mexico! Our group is learning about the issues on the American/Mexico border. They will be working and living in a Mexico border town helping build homes, learning about social issues, working with orphans and more.

Mexico: Dog Meets World Photos

Dog Meets World (DMW) is a non-profit organization that aims to put photos in the hands of kids and families in need, often for the first time. Travelers take along “Foto” the unifying pup prop and  a portable printer, so they can give out tangible joy as a photo diplomat. This year Maryland Hillel partnered with DMW on alternative break trips. To see the Mexico group’s DMW photos, click here! To learn more about DMW, please visit


Tucson and Mexico Trip Come Together!

For SHabbat, Mexico and Tuson met up in Pheoniz, AZ.  Before heading to family’s homes for SHabbat, the group enjoyed a baseball training game and some much deserved down time together!

Mexico visits a factory!

From a maquilaeora (factory) that produces medical supplies.

TONS of pictures from Mexico!

Check out all of these great pictures from Mexico that our Executive Director, Ari Israel, took while on his visit there! You can see where the group is staying and what they have been up to!


Soccer game in Mexico!

The group had the chance to play a soccer game with handicapped children that live in Rancho Feliz – the border town where the group is living and working all week.

Mexico Group Picture!

Would you rather go on a cruise or build a house– Mexico day two

Boy are we tired! After an extremely grueling day of building, we’re all recovering from day two in the windy Mexican desert. Today we spent the entire day finishing the room we started yesterday. The group had a blast making cement and laying bricks, forever changing the way we look at brick walls.

Rather than just building on our own, we worked alongside the family that owns the house– playing with their kids and bonding over PB&J. Talia Kirshenbaum managed the worksite alongside Benny Herskovitz, dancing atop the not-so-stable benches. Noah Drill lived up to his family’s expectations, as an excellent worker, and Sam Rosenberg kept us sane with his jokes and would-you-rathers.

Since we speak little to no Spanish, communication has been a challenge but non-verbal interactions have been meaningful and

Tonight Alejandro taught us more about Agua Prieta, the drug wars and the situations in border towns. He made an interesting point about how the news makes all border towns look extremely violent and dangerous, but Agua Prieta is completely safe. We found similarities between this and the way the media sensationalizes conflict in Israel, yet most places are perfectly safe.

We all send love to our families back home, and can’t wait to share more about our exciting experiences.

We want to leave you with some food for thought and things we’ve been discussing on the trip:
– The real issue is that we should be making life better so people don’t try to immigrate illegally.
– The difference that a good education makes, but it’s so expensive here.
– We’re able to bring a portable printer and digital cameras, but these people don’t have running water or toilets.
– If you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse than you

Tomorrow is an early wake up– 6:45 departure for a shelter for migrants who are captured and brought back to Mexico– should be interesting.

Hasta luego!