Leora Falk

BREAK TIME: On 'alternative breaks,' college students spend a week doing anything from teaching children to doing construction work on homes. Above, a student from Toronto puts siding on a damaged house in Mississippi.

Students Donate Time and Money on ‘Alternative Breaks’

Winter vacations and spring breaks afford college students a chance to catch up on lost sleep or to work on their tans. But this year, growing numbers of Jewish students will donate some of their vacation time — as well as their money — to perform community service.