Currently, fellows are serving in locations like Argentina, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Rwanda, Turkey and Ukraine.
The Global Jewish Service Corps is open to young Jewish professionals all over the world!
Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-TEVET
Eden is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Israel with TEVET, a JDC initiative that aims to tackle employment related issues. She will assist TEVET in producing powerful fundraising and marketing materials and tools, developing strategic models and systems for the department, and providing English language courses to staff.
Eden graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BS in Neuroscience and minors in Hebrew and Judaic Cultural Studies and Business through the Ross School of Business. An active member of Hillel on campus, Eden served as an executive board member of the American Movement for Israel (AMI) and the chair of MedX: Medical Exposure Group.
Pursuing her passion for medicine, she volunteered in the emergency room at Chelsea Hospital, worked as a research lab assistant in the ECMO lab through the University of Michigan Medical School, and traveled to the Dominican Republic on an Alternative Spring Break trip to provide educational and sustainable support for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Check out her blog: https://lifeisrael.wordpress.com
Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)
Bill is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow at the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI) in Israel. CIMI facilitates effective migration management through knowledge exchange, capacity-building and technical assistance to government and non-governmental agencies.
Bill graduated in 2011 from San Diego State University with an interdisciplinary studies BA in Journalism, History and Political Science. Following graduation he pursued his passion for writing and helped found a community newsletter. In 2013, Bill moved to Israel where he spent the year volunteering for Galila, a Northern Galilee social program and development foundation, and wrote a weekly blog for the Times of Israel. Now, his heart for Jewish engagement and passion for community engagement continue to push him as he looks for new opportunities around the world.
Check out his blog: http://www.soijourn.com/
Placement: Riga, Latvia
Ian is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow at the Jewish Community Center in Riga, Latvia, where he is creating and facilitating innovative informal Jewish educational programming, training youth leaders, and developing curriculum for the local Jewish kindergarten.
Originally from Austin, TX, Ian graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Arabic. An active participant in BBYO and Jewish camping, Ian chose to enrich his experiential understanding of Judaism on the gap-year program Kivunim. Through the year, he lived in Jerusalem and encountered a number of Jewish communities abroad, including in India, Morocco, Portugal, Bulgaria and others. At UGA, Ian furthered his passion for Jewish learning at the local Chabad house and organized informal campus forums of interfaith dialogue. He is also an engaged musician who plays guitar and mandolin. Following his year of service, Ian will enroll as a student at the Emory University School of Law.
Check out his blog: https://residentriga.wordpress.com
Placement: Warsaw, Poland
As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Warsaw Poland, Alex assists the Jewish Community Center staff in the development of new and innovative programs, as well as in the development of their social media platforms and online presence. He engages with visitors from all over the world teaching about emerging Jewish life in Poland through interactive tours of the JCC.
Alex graduated from California State University San Marcos with BA in Political Science and minor in Spanish. He spent two semesters abroad studying Spanish in Argentina and Spain. In 2014, Alex went to Israel on Birthright and to Mexico with Cadena and Project Ten. This past year, Alex interned at the Office of Assemblyman Marc Levine through the Capitol Internship Program in Sacramento, CA. Upon returning from Birthright, Alex became more engaged with his local Jewish Community in San Diego. He volunteers at several local organizations including a marketing internship at the Tarbuton, campaigning for Sierra Club California, and coordinating events at his campus Hillel. Alex loves cultural immersion, helping out in his community, and connecting with Judaism.
Placement: JDC Regions, Bulgaria
Maia is serving the JDC-Fishel Fellow supporting JRegions in the Baltics and Balkans. Based in Bulgaria, Maia develops innovative programming for young individuals to exchange ideas and enrich their leadership capacities and the bonds inside their community.
Maia is originally from San Diego, California and grew up in an Argentinean and Jewish home. She holds a MA in Latin American Studies, a BA in Global Studies, and a minor in English. She wrote her undergraduate senior thesis about how diaspora tourism has transformed the relationship of Jewish and Armenian Diasporas with their homelands, and continued her research on immigration and the global hybridization of culture in her Master’s program. She hopes to pursue a future career related to global conflict alleviation and development. Maia worked as an opinion columnist for UCLA’s Daily Bruin and as a journalism intern for the International Rescue Committee’s Los Angeles office. She also worked as a Peer Learning Facilitator at the UCLA Athletics peer Learning Lab, where she trained facilitators and helped student athletes become independent learners.
Check out her blog: https://maiaferdman.wordpress.com/
Placement: Berlin, Germany
Eta is serving as the JDC-BBYO Fellow in Berlin, Germany where she is working with Jewish young professionals planning and implementing creative programing. She is also working with the Jewish community on identifying opportunities for teenagers.
After spending a gap year volunteering in the Israeli National Service, Eta moved to Baltimore, MD in 2007 to pursue a dual degree in Cognitive Science and Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University. During her undergraduate years, she spent significant time in Budapest, Hungary and Melbourne, Australia studying, traveling, and working. In May 2014, Eta received an MA in Cognitive Science with a focus in Linguistic and Cognitive Communication. In her capacity as Associate Director of Reunion & Homecoming for the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, she was responsible for planning, promoting, and finding funders for large scale events for young alumni. From 2012 to 2014, Eta was a resident of the Baltimore Moishe House where she planned events and provided meaningful Jewish experiences to young adults in downtown Baltimore.
Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-Ashalim
As the Roslyn Z. Wolf-JDC Fellow, Ben is working at with JDC’s Ashalim department in Israel developing initiatives for disadvantaged Israeli youth in order to improve their quality of life and enable them to integrate successfully into Israeli society.
Ben graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in International Studies with a focus on African History and Arabic. He is the former president and co-founder of the Jewish Students' Association at the University of Chicago, coordinating with Hillel, Chabad, and other Jewish organizations to create a cohesive and inclusive Jewish community on campus. Ben also worked as the Senior Interviewer Coordinator at the University’s Office of Admissions and as a Health Educator at the Peer Health Exchange where he empowered students in Chicago to make positive life choices.
His travel experience includes a summer teaching at a school in Namibia and a semester abroad in Israel where he studied Arabic and Jewish Thought. In 2013, Ben interned at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and served as a Fellows Ambassador at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics to former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. He worked to better his community through the Neighborhood Schools Program, where he taught computer science and tutored in mathematics.
Check out his blog: https://mermaidtalessite.wordpress.com
Placement: Helsinki, Finland
Basya is serving as the first JDC-BBYO Fellow in Helsinki, Finland, where she is developing and implementing programing for children, teens and youth adults in the Jewish community.
Basya was raised in a diverse family that embodies many sects of Judaism; this along with varied Jewish programs developed her versatile understanding of Jewish identity. At age 15 she became involved in a youth organization that builds the character of at risk teens and at 16 she left her home in the US to study Jewish Philosophy in Safed, Israel.
While studying at IDC Herzliya, she specialized in Conflict Resolution and International Relations. She was selected for the David Project Fellowship for Leadership in Public Diplomacy, as well as the school’s debate team. She interned at The GLORIA Center for Middle Eastern studies and was a part of the IDC delegation for a Model UN Conference. In her last year in college she interned for the Institute of Counter Terrorism, developing her policy analysis capabilities, along with taking part in empowerment projects. In the summer of 2013, Basya served as a JSC Multi-Week fellow in Mumbai, India.
Check out her blog: https://basyajsc201516.wordpress.com/
Placement: Kharkov, Ukraine
As the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Kharkov Ukraine, Karin is working with the Jewish community on Jewish youth leadership development programming. She is also assisting with Hesed welfare programs and other JDC initiatives in the region.
Karin was born in Israel to Ukrainian parents who emigrated from the Soviet Union after its collapse. Over 10 years ago, they immigrated to the United States where Karin became an active member of the Jewish community in Cincinnati, OH. She volunteered with both the Jewish Family Service and Chabad and was also active in BBYO and the Jewish Federation’s sister-city exchange to Israel and Hungary. In December 2014, Karin graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Political Science and concentration in International Affairs. As her interest in international political and social issues grew, she interned for the Political Science department and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Check out her blog: https://blazingtrailstokharkov.wordpress.com/
Placement: Mumbai, India
Adit is serving as a JDC-Pears Fellow in Mumbai, India where she will be working with the JDC India team to develop the content and design of a local website with the goal of increasing Jewish outreach, upgrading the messaging, and serving as a community relations tool with both Jewish and non-Jewish communities. She will also have the opportunity to build on relationships with our existing local partners and enrich Jewish education with her teaching and artistic background.
Adit lives in London where she teaches at Hasmonean High School; a Jewish secondary school. She has been teaching for over 5 years since completing the Teach First programme in London. Adit spent several months working in India at an NGO in Rajasthan, India where she supported women’s empowerment workshops, designed new programs, and applied for grants. She also development and ran creative arts workshops for children in slum schools. In London she ran similar art workshops in a homeless shelter providing its residents a safe place to learn new skills and express themselves.
Placement: Cologne, Germany
Lauren is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Cologne, Germany supporting the Jewish community in developing programs for Jewish education and engagement.
Originally from New York, Lauren graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a BA in Religion and concentrations in architecture, urbanism and post-war German Jewish life. Her undergraduate independent work focused on the role of religion in shaping the physical, social and political landscapes of contemporary urban environments. While in college, her commitment to Jewish community building led her to become extremely involved in the Jewish and interfaith communities on campus, and eventually serve as president of the Chabad board, developing innovative new programs and events to engage Jewish students and alumni. Additionally, her combined passions for feminism and the arts as a means of social engagement inspired her to stage-manage, direct and act in a number of performances, including an annual production to educate about and prevent sexual violence on campus.
Lauren spent her summers working for nonprofit organizations such as the National Crafts Museum of New Delhi, India and CONNECT NYC, conducting independent research and writing projects and directing social media campaigns to engage organizations’ target audiences across a variety of platforms. She enjoys traveling, photography, and communal living arrangements, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of high-social-impact startups or B corporations.
Placement: Tbilisi, Georgia
Marina is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is working in the Jewish community on activities that focus on Jewish youth leadership development, community building, and is working to support JDC’s chesed (welfare) centers.
Marina was born in Western Ukraine and grew up in Germany. She is fluent in Russian, English and Hebrew, and also speaks French and Italian. Growing up in a binational environment, she became sensitized to the hybrid identities and needs of minority groups. While pursuing her BA in Sociology and Political Science in Munich, and her MA in Global Migration and Policy in Tel Aviv, she explored this field of interest in an academic and practical sense. In Munich, she gained diverse experiences in journalism and worked as a youth leader in the Jewish community. She interned with the Erasmus Scholarship at the German newspaper in Budapest and started her freelance work as a tour guide in the memorial of the former concentration camp Dachau. In her third year of studies, she undertook research on the significance of Jewish space for young immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
In Tel Aviv, Marina focused on the vulnerable communities of African refugees. She published various articles for German newspapers on this topic and interned for ASSAF, an organization assisting the humanitarian needs of African refugees through social work and legal advocacy.
Check out her blog: https://meshuggat.wordpress.com
Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina
As the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lila is working on a variety of community development and youth leadership programs with JDC’s partner, Hebraica, and supporting JDC’s programs locally.
Lila recently graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biopsychology. She played on the Tufts Women’s Rugby team and an organizer for the climate change activism group on campus. She also was an active member Connecticut Valley Region BBYO and continued to participate in a variety of Jewish organizations such as Hillel, JStreet, and Meor Maimonides in college. Lila has lived abroad in Israel and Spain and loves to travel and meet new people.
Check out her blog: https://lilagoestobuenosairestoeatbeef.wordpress.com
Placement: Tallinn, Estonia
Jordana is serving as Senior JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps fellow in Tallinn, Estonia. She is creating and innovating informal Jewish educational programming and youth leadership programs in Tallinn and throughout the Baltic region.
Jordana graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a BA in History and Political Science. Inspired by her Jewish summer camp experience, she has taken an active role in the Jewish community. Jordana was a Hebrew school teacher, camp counselor, and leader in Hillel on her campus. Jordana also interned with Challah for Hunger at McGill. Her fervent love for the organization, quirky demeanor and constant positive attitude is infectious. She has successfully attracted unengaged students into the McGill Jewish community by infusing creativity, humor and fun into every baking session. Jordana is known for going
Placement: ASYV, Rwanda
Taylor is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.
Taylor is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Public Health and a Community Health Certificate in Globalization. During college, she spent time studying in India and in Australia and she hopes to pursue a career in international health and primary care. She also served as the membership Vice President of Maryland’s Jewish Student Union. During the summers, Taylor worked at a Jewish sleep away camp and fell in love with being a counselor. In her spare time Taylor enjoys painting, playing field hockey, reading, and experiencing different cultures.
Check out her blog: https://rwanderingaroundblog.wordpress.com/
Placement: Izmir, Turkey
Joey is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Izmir, Turkey where he is working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs.
Joey is a Yemenite Jew from London, UK. He received a BA in International Relations and Global Issues at the University of Nottingham before going on to graduate with an MA in the same subject. During his studies, he spent a year studying multiculturalism, integration theory and international development at Linkopings University, Sweden, where he also presented a radio show discussing multiculturalism and cultural differences. Joey has been a member of RSY-Netzer youth movement since the age of 15, and after university he became one of the directors. He managed the Hadracha Course and Israel Tour programs, increasing participation numbers to their highest level for over a decade.
Check out his blog: https://thekebablog.wordpress.com/
Placement: Jerusalem, Israel JDC-Eshel
Tali is serving as the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Jerusalem, Israel, in JDC’s Eshel department, which is working to provide the resources and support for older citizens in Israel to live independently.
Tali graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations. In the spring of 2014, she studied abroad at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and volunteered at Trackback, a recycling technology company. During school breaks Tali worked as a clerk at the law firm Woods Oviatt Gilman in Rochester NY. In the summer of 2012, Tali spent two months in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia teaching English to at a primary school for underprivileged children. As a Repair the World intern at Cornell University, she organized and staffed community-wide volunteering programs. She also worked for the Cornell Organization for Labor Action in which students and local workers engage in social and political activism to fight for workers’ rights.
Placement: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brittany is serving as a JDC-BBYO Fellow in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is developing and implementing innovative programming for teens and young adults, training youth leaders, and engaging in community-wide Jewish events.
Brittany graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a BA in Business specializing in Marketing and Communications, and minors in Journalism and Film. While studying abroad in Australia, Brittany fell in love with long-term travel abroad that allows her to understand a different community and culture.
When not travelling, Brittany loves to be involved in dance. An avid dancer all of her life, Brittany picked up more styles (such as Israeli, Swing and Tap) while at school and has choreographed for various events on campus. Having kept a relationship with BBYO since her high school days, she served as a Campus Engagement Fellows. Other involvement in the Jewish community includes being an active member of her Hillel and teaching at one of the local Hebrew schools.
Check out her blog: http://goingaftercopenhagen.tumblr.com
Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-Disabilities
As a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow, Tammy is working at JDC-Israel’s Center for Disabilities, developing programs to meet the needs of Israel’s disabled and to advance independent living and integration of people with disabilities into Israeli society.
Tammy was born in South Africa, lived in Israel for 4 years, and moved to San Diego at the age of five. In 2011, she graduated the San Diego Jewish Academy. As a fourth year at UCLA, Tammy received a BS in Human Biology and Society and minored in Disability Studies. While she’s interested in public health, she’s also passionate about Jewish and pro-Israel life, which is why she proudly served as a Jewish leader on campus.
Placement: ASYV, Rwanda
Robyn is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.
Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Robyn graduated with a BA in Sociology and minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. As a student at USF, she led a campaign to raise awareness about global poverty and funds for anti-poverty organizations while participants pledged to live below the poverty line for five days.
Following graduation, she spent ten months teaching English to disadvantaged youth in an elementary school in Netanya, Israel. She also completed a term of service with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps where she spent ten months traveling around the U.S. in a team doing disaster management work. Most recently, she earned an MPH in International Development as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sheffield.
Check out her blog: https://livingcolorfullyinrwanda.wordpress.com/
Placement: Berlin, Germany
Rachel is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Berlin, Germany where she is working at JDC’s Bambinim Family Center to engage Jewish babies, children and their families through creative programs and community development projects.
Rachel recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a B. A in theatre and a specialization in movement. During her time at OSU, Rachel became very involved with the Jewish community in Columbus. She worked as a Masa intern at OSU's Hillel, engaging and promoting Israel programs, and also as a Hebrew school tutor at Temple Israel. In addition, Rachel was a teaching artist at Columbus Children’s theatre, educating children and teens and opening up their levels of expression and imagination. Rachel also studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel at the Rothberg International School as well as the Dance Academy.
Rachel finds great value in therapy and social activism through theatre and other forms of alternative education. Rachel recently finished a job working at a Jewish summer camp as a gardener and counselor. In her free time Rachel enjoys volunteering, exercising, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new places.
Check out her blog: A Traveling Tale: Here and There
Placement: Krakow, Poland
Jenn is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Krakow, Poland, where she will assist the JCC Krakow staff in the development of new and innovative programs and will engage visitors from all over the world about emerging Jewish life in Poland through interactive tours and through creative social media platforms.
Jenn grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Boston University (BU) where she graduated in 2010 with a BA in Political Science. At BU, she was on JV crew, a member of BU Hillel’s Israeli dance team, an ESL volunteer and an executive board member for BU’s UNICEF Campus Initiative. Jennifer’s passion for community service extended beyond the gates of BU, including volunteering with American Jewish World Service in Thailand and with Youth Challenge International in Guyana.
Jenn also interned with Sanctuary for Families in NYC and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Jennifer currently resides in New York City and is a Volunteer Committee Member for UJA’s Emerging Leaders Program as well as a board member for UJA’s Coalition for Jewish Identity and Renewal for the Former Soviet Union. Jennifer traveled to Poland in July 2014 with the Jewish Enrichment Center (JEC), NYC’s Birthright Alumni Community.
Check out her blog: http://courageinkrakow.squarespace.com/#krakow
Placement: ASYV, Rwanda
Naomi is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.
Naomi was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico but spent most of her childhood in Ocean Township, NJ. She grew up spending summers at URJ Camp Harlam as both a camper and waterfront staff member. Naomi graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2013 with a BS in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology. While in college, Naomi worked as a student ambassador through the Office of Admissions. She also worked as a kindergarten teacher in a local synagogue. After graduating, Naomi joined Teach for America and served as a 2013 corps member teaching second grade in southern New Mexico.
Check out her blog: https://wherethesidewalkendss.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/the-little-cousins-that-could/
Placement: Mumbai, India
As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Mumbai, India, Ariela is working with the local Jewish community to develop leadership training platforms and to support existing cultural programming.
Ariela graduated from Columbia University in the Joint Program with the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied Psychology and Jewish Gender and Women's Studies, respectively. She was the Student Director of Peace by PEACE, a program that volunteers with elementary school students in Harlem to teach non-violent conflict resolution education. She was also involved with Columbia/Barnard campus Hillel and spent six years tutoring elementary school students in preparation for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, both in Los Angeles and in New York.
She spent a semester studying abroad in London during the spring semester of 2014. In 2015, Ariela served as the Outreach Intern at the Interfaith Center of New York where she conducted outreach to religious and civic leaders, and coordinated events related support programs for past parolees transitioning into life outside of incarceration.
Placement: ASYV, Rwanda
Keturah is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.
Keturah graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a BA in International Relations, Global Security. At Brown, she mentored minority students and facilitated educational workshops on racism, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism and homophobia. She was a Writing Fellow, working with students to improve their academic writing, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of a student-run literary magazine. Keturah also taught at a local non-denominational Hebrew school for four years.
During her study abroad in Senegal, she grew interested in African development and human rights while interning with a non-profit providing legal assistance and other forms of aid to refugees and internally displaced persons. After graduating, Keturah worked at Wanda M. Akin & Associates and the International Justice Project. In 2013 Keturah moved to Washington, DC to work for Williams & Connolly where she managed 11 cases and contributed to the firm through volunteer after-school tutoring and organizing a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on the International Criminal Court and Human Rights. Keturah is also a b'nai mitzvah tutor and Torah Club teacher at Adas Israel.