Serve with the World’s Leading Jewish Humanitarian Aid Organization

The Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) is a year-long, paid opportunity for Jewish young professionals to volunteer overseas with JDC, the world's leading Jewish humanitarian organization.

Responding to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, JSC fellows facilitate and create innovative programs using their unique skills and talents.

Currently, fellows are serving in locations like Argentina, China, Estonia, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, India, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Rwanda, Turkey and Ukraine.

Apply if you: 

  • Have an interest in global Jewish issues and international humanitarian needs 
  • Have experience in formal/informal education or international development 
  • Want an opportunity to be a part of a community of young, Jewish volunteers, from all over the world

Qualifications of an applicant:

  • College degree or equivalent and proven academic achievement 
  • Strong leadership, communication skills, and capacity for independent work
  • Knowledge of other languages is valuable in many placements

The Global Jewish Service Corps is open to young Jewish professionals all over the world!

The application period for the 2014-15 cohort is now closed. Email globalservice@jdcny.org if you're interested in applying for 2015-16!

Unable to serve for a year? We have opportunities spanning four to eight weeks around the world. Check out our multi-week program!

Our 2013-14 cohort was just in NYC for orientation! Read about their week in this short blog post

Jonah Adams

Placement: Tallinn, Estonia

Jonah Adams is serving as an Entwine JDC-BBYO Global JSC fellow in Tallinn, where he helps to bring experiential learning to the Jewish youth of Estonia. He works with the volunteer madrichim in the Kids Club and Teens Club and works with both kids and teachers at the brand new Jewish kindergarten. Jonah graduated December of 2012 from George Mason University with a BA in Geography and a focus on global demographics. Prior to beginning his JSC service he was an intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Moving Traditions. Jonah has traveled around the world studying Jewish history and culture both on the Kivunim gap year program and on his own. He has been a life-long member of Habonim Dror youth movement as both a camper and a counselor. Jonah taught Hebrew School for two years after earning a teaching certificate from Gratz College Jewish Community High School and he is excited to be using his past experience while working with Jewish youth in Estonia.

Check out his blog: http://tallinnitlikeitis.tumblr.com

Kate Belza

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kate Belza is serving as an Entwine JDC-BBYO Global JSC Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is working on a variety of community development and youth leadership programs in Buenos Aires. Kate is a graduate from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in Leadership. Kate’s involvement with the JDC began when she participated on an Entwine Insider trip to Nahariyya, Israel with Hillel at UVA in 2011 and then continued by student chairing a trip to Kiev, Ukraine the following year. She spent the following summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina volunteering with JDC-supported community programs as an Entwine multi-week fellow. Kate served as the first college representative to the JDC Entwine National Steering Committee to help develop Entwine’s strategic goals.

Check out her blog: http://kateinbuenosaires.blogspot.com/

Melanie Borcover

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel with JDC-Israel, Ashalim Division

Melanie Borcover is serving with JDC-Israel’s Ashalim Division, working on projects to assist at-risk youth. Melanie was born and raised in Los Angeles. Melanie attended University of California, San Diego where she earned a B.S. degree in Physiology and Neuroscience and a B.A. degree in Linguistics. Upon graduation, Melanie moved to Netanya, Israel to be an Israel Teaching Fellow. She worked at the Rimalt School teaching English for ten months. She also volunteered in Netanya as an English tutor with the Psagot: College for All program, and joined the iEngage fellowship program with MASA at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Daniel Combs

Placement: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Daniel Combs began his Global JSC placement in May 2013 in Ethiopia, where he is currently assisting JDC Medical Director Dr. Rick Hodes. Daniel graduated Vassar College in 2010 with departmental honors in Philosophy. Since then he has worked a variety of jobs, including newspaper reporter, restaurant reviewer, carpenter, catering cook and emergency department patient aide. In the spring of 2012, he traveled to Myanmar to write a book about the country's unprecedented political and societal transformation. That book, Sorcerers and Cigarettes, is currently available as an e-book.

Kimberly Dueñas

Placement: Mumbai, India

Kimberly Dueñas is working as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow in Mumbai, India where she is serving in at the Jewish Community Center. She is organizing programs for all ages and working closely with the youth group to develop their leadership programs. Kimberly recently graduated from American Jewish University with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Literature, Communication and Media. Throughout her college career she was actively involved in student leadership and implemented social justice programming, such as Hunger Awareness Week and Human Rights Week on her campus. In one of her latest projects, she connected with the Jewish community in El Salvador, where her father's family originates. Her work abroad and at home has prompted her to pursue a future in Jewish community building around the world.

Check out her blog: http://kgoesfromhollywoodtobollywood.wordpress.com

Danielle Falk

Placement: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Danni Falk is serving as a JSC Fellow at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Danni Falk grew up in New York City and traveled out west for college. A Sociology major at Colorado College, she immersed herself in human rights and military studies. During her junior year, Danni studied abroad in Cape Town, continuing her human rights studies and volunteering as a literary tutor in a children’s home in Khayelitsha. After graduating in May 2010, she moved to Australia and taught a ski season in Thredbo. She then returned to New York and has worked as the Development & Communications Associate at Volunteers of America-Greater New York for the past two years.

Jason Farina

Placement: Gondar, Ethiopia

Jason Farina is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow in Gondar, Ethiopia. He is teaching English in JDC supported public schools and assisting with JDC’s wider work in public health and the medical field. Jason graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2011 with a BA in History. While in school he studied aboard in the Czech Republic and enjoyed the opportunity to explore the world. In 2012 he received a 150 hour TEFL certification. Jason has recently returned from an English teaching fellowship in Be’er Sheva, Israel where he was teaching Israeli elementary students and adult Sudanese refugees for the 2012-2013 school year.

Brianna Fischer

Placement: Berlin, Germany

Brianna Fischer is the Entwine’s JSC Fishel Fellow in Berlin, where she is creating a variety of programs at the JDC Bambinim Family Center. She also is assisting with other pluralistic JDC programming that seeks to connect Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Jewish life in Germany. Brianna recently graduated from UCLA where she studied Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. She is the first ever Fishel Fellow and spent this summer volunteering with children in the slums of India with JDC Entwine Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps and Gabriel Project Mumbai.

Check out her blog: http://namaste-gutentag-shalom-hello.blogspot.com

Maggie Fried

Placement: Gondar, Ethiopia

Maggie Fried is serving as an Entwine Global JSC fellow in Gondar, Ethiopia, and is working on JDC projects in the region focused on providing access to education, water and public health initiatives, with an emphasis on teaching English and leading programs at JDC-supported schools. Maggie graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011 with a Master’s in Global Politics and Civil Society. While at school, Maggie was the editor of LSE Amnesty International Society's first human rights journal. Maggie received her B.A. from Colgate University, where she double majored in History and Peace and Conflict Studies. Maggie moved from London to New York in 2011 to work at AJC as the Director of Thanks To Scandinavia (TTS), and the Assistant Director of ACCESS NY, AJC’s young leadership program.

Check out her blog: http://aferenjiingonder.wordpress.com

Hannah Goldstein

Placement: Riga, Latvia

Hannah Goldstein is serving as an Entwine JDC-BBYO Global JSC fellow in the Baltic Region, where she is working with the Jewish communities and youth of the area. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in the largest Jewish camp in Europe. Hannah graduated from Emory University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and Dance. At Emory, Hannah was a teaching assistant, orientation leader, and research assistant in the BUILD child development lab. She has extensive dance teaching and performance experience, specializing in modern and tap dance. She also worked at her former camp, Blue Star in Hendersonville, North Carolina and served as a Dance Movement Therapist Intern and residential advisor in the Luke-Dorf psychological facilities in Portland, Oregon. Hannah is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in Spanish.

Check out her blog: http://whererintheworld.blogspot.com

Liora Jaffe

Placement: Berlin, Germany

Liora Jaffe is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow in Berlin and Duisburg. In Berlin she is working at JDC's Bambinim Family Center to develop innovative avenues to engage Jewish young adults in Berlin. In Duisburg she is doing project-related travel to work with smaller Jewish communities outside of Berlin. Liora graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with dual degrees in Sociology and Legal studies. Liora spent a semester studying abroad in Israel learning Hebrew. For the past year Liora worked in the Student Learning Center on campus tutoring transfer students and students in the disabled student program. In addition Liora spent the last two summers working with a Jewish girls’ empowerment program in San Diego called Girls Give Back through Jewish Family Services.

Read more on her blog: http://lioradiscoversdeutschland.blogspot.de

Justin Kadis

Placement: Krakow, Poland

Justin Kadis is serving in the Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps as a Rosyln Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow in Krakow. He is working to revitalize Jewish life at the Jewish Community Center of Krakow. Additionally, Justin is also assisting with other JDC programming in Warsaw and other parts of Poland. Justin is a 2006 graduate from Boston University with a BSBA concentration in Marketing. He has served on the planning committees for NY Venture Community Sports and the NY Sports Tech Meetup. Justin served on the executive committee and Chaired PresenTense's NYC Community Entrepreneur Partnership. He has served on the NYC gala committee for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Justin worked most recently in business development for a Chicago based tech startup called BCKSTGR, a rewards platform for consumers.

Check out his blog: http://justinkadis.com

Michael Kasdan

Placement: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Michael Kasdan is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Michael graduated from New York University in 2013 with a B.S. in Finance and minors in both Mathematics and Jewish History. After graduation, Michael worked in the 19th century furniture department at Sotheby’s, a global art business. He has taught the second-grade at Town and Village Synagogue’s Hebrew School and was previously a tour guide at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Michael loves to travel, having spent time living, studying, and exploring in Israel and Australia, and his interest in Jewish History has sent him to various long-standing Jewish communities throughout Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, and Portugal.

Maytal Kuperard

Placement: Shanghai, China

As our Pears-Entwine JSC Fellow, Maytal Kuperard is directly engaging with the JDC's global mission, representing the organization in East Asia while spending a year in Shanghai. Israeli born, raised in London, Maytal is fluent in both English and Hebrew. Maytal graduated with a BA Honors in English Literature from the University of Sussex in 2007. While at university, she chaired the Jewish Society. Maytal received her Masters in 2009 in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy specializing in Conflict Studies from the Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzeliya, Israel, and wrote her thesis on the Importance of Cultural Diplomacy in the Era of Globalization. She is an ambassador for cross-cultural relations amongst the arts between the UK and Israel. A human rights and social justice activist, Maytal has spent many years working and volunteering with vulnerable members of society.

Check out her blog: http://Mayd-in-china.tumblr.com

Olena Kushnir

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel with JDC-Israel, Young Adult Centers

Olena Kushnir is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow in Jerusalem where she will be working in the Young Adult Centers. Olena studied at the International Solomon University in Ukraine where she obtained a degree in World History and at the Paideia/The European Institute for Jewish Studies. Since 2008 she has worked for a number of Jewish organizations in Ukraine as a manager for educational and social programs. Most recently, Olena worked at the Jewish Agency for Israel where she is responsible for missions’ reception. In 2010, Olena founded the first Ukrainian Moishe House in Kiev. Together with three partners, she helped to create an alternative pluralistic community space and coordinate educational, cultural and social events for young Jewish adults.

Daniel Levi

Placement: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Daniel Levi is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is working with JDC Medical Director Dr. Rick Hodes. Daniel was born and raised in Long Branch, NJ and graduated in 2013 from Rutgers University with a B.S, in Biological Sciences and a minor in Jewish Studies. Throughout his time at Rutgers, Daniel was involved at Hillel, where he served as co-director of the HILI program, a peer-based learning initiative designed to educate students about Israel. In addition, he served as the director of Theta Delta Chi’s Bros UniteD, a community based mentoring program for male adolescents with Autism.

Check out his blog: http://addissababa.wordpress.com

Hannah Miranda Miller

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel

As an Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Jerusalem, Israel, Hannah is working with JDC-Israel's ESHEL program to assist our work with elderly throughout the country. Hannah graduated from Barnard College in 2012 with a B.A. in Russian Regional Studies and was a Harriman Institute Undergraduate Fellow and co Editor-in-Chief of the Birch, a national Slavic publication. She is proficient in Russian, Spanish, Hungarian and Yiddish. Inspired by her travels throughout Eastern Europe, Hannah received a grant from the Seattle Mayor’s Office to travel to four cities and create a curriculum and photojournalism exhibit for the Washington State Holocaust Resource Center called One Child at a Time: The Revival of Jewry in Eastern Europe. She spent the past year as Projects Coordinator at Family-to-Family, a national hunger relief and literacy non-profit.

Check out her blog: http://anchorsawayodessa.tumblr.com

Ariel Moritz

Placement: Izmir, Turkey

Ariel Moritz is serving as an Entwine JDC-BBYO Global JSC fellow in Turkey, where she is enhancing and enriching existing teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as working to support the welfare needs assessments of the elderly community. Ariel is originally from Philadelphia and graduated summa cum laude from New York University in May 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Politics and Music. While at NYU, Ariel studied abroad in Buenos Aires and has a passion for immersive international travel. She joins the JDC Jewish Service Corps after 3 years at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as the Executive Assistant to the President, Ruth Messinger. While at AJWS, Ariel led service learning delegations to Mexico and India and taught classes throughout New York about social justice and advocacy.

Ezra Moses

Placement: Tblisi, Georgia

Ezra Moses is serving as a second year Senior JDC-BBYO Global JSC Fellow in Tblisi, Georgia. During his first year, Ezra worked closely with Jewish community renewal activities focusing on Jewish youth leadership development programming in Kharkov, Ukraine. He also worked on instilling Jewish values of communal responsibility, helped develop leadership skills and promoted voluntarism among young Jews in Ukraine. A Montreal native, Ezra graduated from McGill University in 2012 with B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Ezra served for a year as a Hillel Leadership Intern at Hillel Montreal helping to plan a wide variety of programs. Ezra has also worked as a United Synagogue Youth regional staff member for the Eastern Canadian and upstate New York regions, and as a counselor for the special needs program, Tikvah, at Camp Ramah in Canada. He has also written and taught curricula for the Camp Ramah Yahadut program for 8 to 15 year olds. He is proficient in both Hebrew and French.

Julie Pulda

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel with JDC-Israel, Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)

Julie Pulda is serving as an Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Jerusalem at the Center for International Migration and Integration, where is working to broaden her experience and education in human rights and public health through a Jewish lens. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts Julie grew up in a diverse city with a small but strong Jewish community. She is a University of Massachusetts, Amherst graduate where she balanced her time between the demands of her Biology degree and commitment to the Division 1 Women’s Rowing Team. Julie spent one year studying and volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was exposed to health and human rights issues. After graduation, she spent the summer working with a severely handicapped child on weekdays while volunteering with HIV positive youth on the weekends with the OneLove project in Boston.

Ron Schrag

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel with JDC-Israel, Ashalim Division

After searching for a situation in which Judaism, need, and education intersect, Ron Schrag became interested in returning to Israel—where he was born—and working with disadvantaged Israeli youth. Serving as an Entwine Global JSC fellow in Israel, Ron is working with such children, changing their lives, and by extension, improving their community’s reality. Ron Schrag graduated in 2013 from Knox College with a degree in elementary and middle education. For the past five summers, Ron has been a counselor at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, working with children ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old, and also teaching art and photography. This past summer, Ron worked with campers who have special needs, and found it to be an exceptionally challenging yet inspirational experience.

Check out his blog: http://ronschrag.wordpress.com

Erica Shaps

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel with JDC-Israel, Tevet Division

Erica Shaps is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow in Israel, where she will be working with Tevet on employment related issues. Erica recently graduated from Brandeis University cum laude with a double major in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and International & Global Studies and a minor in Peace, Conflict & Coexistence Studies. She received highest honors for her senior thesis on Christian Arab identity formation in Israel. Erica is proficient in Hebrew and Arabic. As an Interfaith Youth Core Fellow, she co-founded the Brandeis Interfaith Group (BIG) and served as Campus Relations Coordinator on Hillel Board. Most recently, she was the director of development and a co-founder of Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW) an initiative depolarizing campus conversations about Israel and encouraging students to be forward-thinking regarding the Middle East. While at Brandeis, Erica also served as a student career advisor at the Hiatt Career Center. She previously interned at American Jewish World Service and taught English in Israel. She is an occasional writer for the Huffington Post.

Check out her blog: http://ericahopes.com

Arielle Sokoloff

Placement: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Arielle Sokoloff is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow at the AgArielle Sokoloff is serving as an Entwine Global JSC Fellow at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. She is planning and organizing service-learning trips for groups coming to volunteer at the village. Arielle Sokoloff graduated from Binghamton University in 2011 with a BA in Political Science. As a student, Arielle was active in the Hillel Zionist Movement and served as the president of its Jewish A Cappella Group. She also spent several summers working as a counselor and division leader at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Following graduation, Arielle spent 4 months volunteering in Nepal with an Israeli organization called Tevel B'tzedek. She worked with teenagers on developing their leadership skills and planned major events to raise awareness about the importance of education. Upon returning from Nepal, Arielle worked at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Donor Research Specialist.

Check out her blog: http://ariellesok.blogspot.com

Yael Zaken

Placement: Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Yael Zaken is serving as a JSC fellow at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village and is instructing teens in the art of Photography, video and beyond. Yael is from Jerusalem, Israel. Following her service in the IDF she attended Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and completed a Bachelors of Fine Art with an emphasis in photography in 2008. Later she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the San Francisco Art Institute receiving her MFA in Photography in 2011. Yael has exhibited her work internationally in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Her art practice investigates cotemporary, disjointed identity and how communities process collective memory. In addition to her work as an artist, Yael has been very active throughout her life working with Jewish and non-Jewish youth in informal education environments. Most recently, Yael worked in San Francisco as a Youth Director mentoring teens and youth.

Check out her blog: http://ihanganemeanspatience.blogspot.com

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