JSU Rwanda Relief Mission

As part of the Hate Ends Now Ambassador Program


March 15th - 26th 2023


10th -12th Grade

JSU Alternative Spring Break : Rwanda

If you are an emerging leader that is passionate about social action, you are invited to spend your Spring break in Rwanda with JSU. This trip is designed for JSU teens with a high level of intellectual and emotional maturity. Participants will work with the Shalom-Agahozo Youth Village to provide healing, education, and love to orphaned at-risk youth still living in the shadows of the Rwandan Genocide. We will bridge our Hate Ends Now Holocaust education program together with this in order to inspire ourselves and others to combat hatred in all forms.

60+ service hours

Raise funds for the village

What it means to be a Hate Ends Now Ambassador

This past year, Southern NCSY brought a deeply meaningful and interactive educational experience that illustrated the devastating lessons of intolerance to thousands of people. The journey took teenagers and adults inside an exact replica of a cattle car used to transport Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Inside the car, there was a 360-degree immersive multimedia exhibit that shared stories of survivors, how the intolerance and hatred played a huge role in the Holocaust, and what is happening today that mimics that hatred. Anyone that joined the tour should leave with these 3 main feelings:

•Empathize with the stories of suffering during the Holocaust

•Connect the history to current prejudices

•Infuse a sense of responsibility to end hate

As a Hate Ends Now Ambassador, you are committing to these three principles above. In short: empathize, connect, and infuse.

Safety & Security

Safety is our number one priority. Agahozo-Shalom is extremely safe and the grounds are surrounded by a fence and monitored 24 hours a day by security personnel. Anyone who enters or exits the grounds must check in with security. Additionally, the Village is located about 25 miles East of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. It is in a rural location and surrounded by family farms on the rolling hills of the Eastern Province.

Rwanda is typically a safe, crime-free country and has recently been listed as one of the safest and cleanest countries in Africa. Agahozo-Shalom is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for its students, staff, volunteers, and visitors. They constantly stay abreast of the security situation and subscribe to the U.S. State Department’s security updates.

ASYV has a Health & Wellness Clinic on-site and nurses are available to treat general ailments or first aid needs. In the event of a more serious medical emergency, participants are directed to contact the nurse on duty in the clinic by visiting the clinic directly or by calling the emergency clinic phone number, which will be shared with the group. The nurse on duty can refer the case to Rwamagana Hospital (15 minutes away), or Legacy Clinic (1 hour) or King Faisal Hospital located in Kigali (1.5 hours away) and a Village van/driver can provide transfer.

The following preventions are required for the trip:

  • Tetanus vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine
  • Malaria Prophylactic Prescribed, which participants should bring (to be taken 2 days prior to arrival, throughout the trip, and 7 days after)

Contact & Info


Director of Relief Missions: Rabbi Katz - Katze@ncsy.org


Miami/Broward Area: Lea Bekhar - bekharl@ncsy.org

Palm Beach Area: Shaylee Rosen - rosens@ncsy.org

Learn more about the village here:


Modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust, Agahozo-Shalom is a place where “tears are dried” (from the Kinyarwanda word “agahozo”) and where vulnerable youth can “live in peace” (from the Hebrew word “shalom”).