Jewish Service Corps - Multi-Week

The JDC Entwine Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) fellowship is an opportunity to connect with overseas communities through an immersive volunteer experience for four to eight weeks.

Multi-Week Global JSC fellows work with local partners and experts in the field to develop and implement programs that address critical global issues. The program is ideal for recent college graduates, students with long breaks, or young professionals who are seeking a meaningful experience while engaging in service through a Jewish lens.

Upcoming Cohort Dates and Deadlines - Apply Today - Application Deadline: August 9th

Argentina: October 12 – December 14

India: October 20 – December 15

  • Create and facilitate innovative educational programs for children living in the slums of Mumbai with JDC partner Gabriel Project Mumbai. Click here for more information  

St. Petersburg: October 19 – November 9

Moldova: November 16 – December 14

Apply today!

Arielle Bernemen

Placement: Lod, Israel

Arielle is originally from New York and moved to San Diego about a year ago to pursue the California dream. She graduated from Johnson & Wales with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. In her sorority Sigma Delta Tau, she was the Vice President of the Panhellenic Council and she helped to coordinate events with non-profit organizations. Arielle has been an executive assistant for many years and also works in real estate and investments. She has attended several Israel programs including Brightright. Arielle loves to travel and enjoys yoga and barre as her choice of work out.

Kelsey Cannon

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Kelsey is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a Master’s degree in Public Health. Kelsey is an expertise in global health, specifically the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. She currently works at Jhpiego, a global health non-profit specializing in innovations to improve child and maternal health. She assists with their family planning department on projects in West Africa. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelsey received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Westmont College. Kelsey then moved to Israel to begin work with an international medical relief non-profit, Shevet Achim. Working there for 2 years, she served as a project coordinator, assisting children and families from around the Middle East who receive heart surgery. When not working, Kelsey can be found running, reading, or enjoying time with friends. Kelsey recently finished her conversion and is interested in working with the JDC to help make a difference in the Jewish world.

Maia Ferdman

Placement: Mumbai, India

Maia Ferdman is a graduating senior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She hopes to use her passion for writing and education to effect global change. Originally from San Diego, Maia grew up in an Argentinean and Jewish home. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Global Studies with a minor in English. Maia hopes to pursue a career related to education and global conflict alleviation and development. She wrote her undergraduate thesis about how diaspora tourism has transformed the relationship of Jewish and Armenian diasporas with their homelands. She is continuing her research on immigration and the global hybridization of culture. Maia also worked as an opinion columnist for UCLA's Daily Bruin and a journalism intern for the International Rescue Committee's Los Angeles.

Alexandra Ferera

Placement: India

Alex was born in New York, lived in London until she was 9 years old and ultimately settled with her family in Vancouver B.C. Alex spent her high school years at King David High School, participating in a variety of school sports, which demonstrated leadership and teamwork. Alex was a camp counselor at Camp Solomon Schechter where she created programs for children and cared for their everyday needs. Alex is currently attending The University of Western Ontario, where she is studying in the faculty of Health Sciences. Alex hopes to follow up her degree in health science with a nursing degree. Alex is involved in the OHM Fashion Show club, which hosts a fashion show in order to raise money for cancer research. Alex enjoys sports, cooking, exercising, and socializing. In all activities, she is involved in, Alex exhibits kindness, dedication, and teamwork.

Baily Goldstein

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Bailey is a recent graduate from The University of Kansas, with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honors Society and certification in Service Learning. Bailey is currently a receptionist at Zen Massage as well as a desk assistant in the Communications Studies Department on campus. Bailey has remained connected within the Jewish community through her involvement with KU Hillel and Chabad on campus. She has interned for KU Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Neal Schuster. Through her involvement in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she served as Fall Formal Recruitment Chair and Leadership Chair.

Danya Gorel

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Danya is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Theatre and Dance with the College of Fine Arts and majoring in Rhetoric and Writing with the College of Liberal Arts. She is also pursuing a Bridging Disciplines Certification in Environmental Studies. Danya interned with the Austin Water Center for Environmental Research, where she documented and calculated carbon sequestration data from a 200 year old forest. In addition, she participates with the Austin Youth River Watch Program, testing water quality levels throughout Austin with at-risk students. Danya also interned with the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, increasing her professional insight regarding environmental legislation in Texas. She served as Vice President of Jewish Youth Group (BEFTY), and was an office assistant for Congregation Beth El. Danya has participated in Jewish Leadership Fellowships, Birthright, HaMerkaz, Livnot U’lehibanot and the JDC Entwine Program to Hungary/ Romania. Danya jumps on the opportunity to go hiking, swimming, running, climbing, an bouldering.

Ariella Gould

Placement: Tel Aviv, Israel

Ariella is a graduating senior at Old Dominion University, studying International Studies. She was founder and president of the ODU Club Swim Team and participated as a staff photographer on the ODU school newspaper, the Mace and Crown. During her sophomore year she became the newspaper's assistant photo editor where she helped select and format photos for print. Arielle was a Head Lifeguard for the on campus Student Recreation Center and obtained her certification to teach CPR/AED/First Aid and Lifeguard classes to students and the community. In her final semester at ODU, Ariella earned an internship position with Operation Smile in the Medical Records department. She was also heavily involved with the campus Hillel and participated in a number of events, including an alternative spring break where she and other members were involved in multiple community service projects in inner city schools of Los Angeles. Ariella has always been passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community.

Stephanie Graber

Placement: Lod, Israel

Stephanie is graduating from the University of Delaware with a major in International Relations, a minor in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Language, and a Certificate in Business Essentials. She is involved in the Blue Hen Ambassador program at school, where she is a tour guide and student representative in the Office of Admissions. At school she plays intramural soccer for fun with her friends. Stephanie has a strong thirst to travel and explore new places. She loves Israel and is passionate about advocating for the State. She has been to Israel three times and cannot wait to go back. Stephanie is a fun person to be around and is always striving to make others happy. She is always looking for a good time, willing to make new friends wherever she goes, and will eat anything.

Hannah Kazis-Taylor

Placement: Lod, Israel

Hannah was born in Ireland and currently lives in New York City, where she is a senior in the Fieldston High School. She was a student at the Ivry Prozdor Jewish High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and previously attended the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. She lived in Jerusalem for one year, where she was active in Sayarut youth movement. Hannah is currently studying Arabic and has received several state writing awards. Hannah has volunteered at the World Jewish Restitution Organization and STAR Tutoring in NYC. She is interested in art, architecture, history and theater.

Rena Kirshblum

Placement: Mumbai, India

Rena Kirshblum lives in New York City and is currently a teacher at Manhattan Day School. She has a BA in Jewish Education from Stern College and two Master’s Degrees; one in Jewish Education from Azrieli with and a second one in Early Childhood and Special Education from Touro College. As an active member of the Washington Heights community, she is a member of the Mount Sinai Young Leadership committee. She has a history of volunteering in nursing homes and fundraising for Israel, but her true passion is working with children. Rena enjoys baking, hanging out with her friends, and kickboxing. Rena traveled on JDC’s Entwine Insider trip to India in January 2015.

Shoshana Leshaw

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Shoshana graduated from CUNY Queens College last year with a BA in Psychology. She currently works as an Assistant Special Education Teacher for 3rd and 4th grade boys at a day school in Manhattan. She has volunteered at several organizations in NY including DOROT, Music for Veterans and Seniors, and Friendship Circle. Shoshana loves to sing and play guitar, piano and drums, and is currently applying to Master’s programs in Music Therapy for the upcoming academic year

Yael Lesin-Davis

Placement: Mumbai, India

Yael is from a small but active and Zionistic Jewish community in Liverpool, North West UK. In high school, she was a founding member of Nishnoshim, a group dedicated in providing informal Jewish education to the school. Some of the Nishnoshim activities included teacher education sessions, Chanukah/Purim plays and charity drives. In her final year of high school, Yael was chosen to be Deputy Head girl, a role that involved representing the school. Yael has participated in many youth movements, including BBYO, Bnei Akiva, FZY. At the age of 13, Yael participated in a 3 month residential trip to Israel on Kibbutz Lavi, where she learnt about Israeli culture and volunteered. After high school, Yael began her higher education at Leeds University studying Neuroscience. Yael was a committee member of the Jewish Society, volunteered for the Leeds marrow charity as well as for the British Science Association. Yael did a year in Industry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was an undergraduate researcher.

Ariel Lieberman

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ariel Lieberman graduated from McGill University with an undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. She recently finished her role as the financial and administrative coordinator at a Non-Profit organization in Montreal, ICAN McGill, and plans to pursue work in related fields in the future. Through her degree, service work, travelling and studying abroad she has developed a keen interest in international law and human rights, and hopes to apply her experience and education to solving both local and global conflicts. Ariel is a dedicated artist and has been published in a number of magazines. She is also passionate about working with children and has served as a camp counselor at Camp Ramah Palmer. Ariel speaks conversational Spanish.

Natalie McCauley

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Natalie McCauley graduated from New York University in 2015 with a BA with Honors in International Relations and Environmental Studies and a French minor. She grew up in Austin, Texas where she developed an affinity for local businesses and a taste for iced coffee. In her quest to become an informed global citizen, Natalie has studied in Abu Dhabi, Dakar, London, and Paris and traveled to Mumbai, Accra, and Florence. Natalie is passionate about sustainable international development, specifically equal access to clean drinking water and economic opportunity worldwide. At NYU, Natalie worked as a tour guide and peer tutor, lead NYU's global student government, and directed plays. Natalie plans to attend law school and impact international sustainable development policy.

Doreet Nagatti

Placement: Lod, Israel

Doreet is a sophomore studying Biology & Biotechnology, with a Pre-medicine focus. She is involved with many organizations on campus including the Pre-health honors society, the Social Committee, Hillel, and the sorority Alpha Phi. She is the Historian for the pre-health honors society, in which she documents organization activities and pictures. She is also the Annual Events Chair and Membership & Marketing Chair for the social committee in which she manages a committee, advertises, and plans events for the campus. For Hillel, she has served as the Treasurer and is currently the Vice President, planning events and delegating tasks to the executive board. In Alpha Phi she served as the director of Programming, in which she planned educational and fun activities for the sorority. Outside of school she enjoys sports and is volunteering at a local hospital in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she shadows the doctors.

Hayeem Rudy

Placement: Mumbai, India

Hayeem was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a senior at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College studying Biology and Chemistry. He hopes to attend medical school next year. Hayeem’s Jewish roots extend back to Syria and Poland. In summer of 2012, Hayeem embarked on a medical mission to Jerusalem, where he served as a volunteer first responder with Magen David Adom, Israel’s primary emergency medical response organization. He has been involved in fundraising efforts for the American Friends of Magen David Adom and consulting with Artists 4 Israel, a group that uses art therapy to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder in war-affected children. Hayeem has worked closely with the Sephardic Bikur Holim in Brooklyn, an organization that serves needy, Sephardic immigrant Jewish families. Hayeem is involved in Israel advocacy and is currently a fellow for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

Talia Samuelson

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Talia Samuelson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, focusing on human rights and post-conflict reconciliation. While in St. Louis she volunteered in the community on adjacent projects, primarily with the Each One Teach One literacy project in St. Louis to teach reading to pre-kindergarteners. After graduation Talia lived in Madrid working as an English teacher and continued to teach when she returned to the states at a charter after school program in Washington DC. She left teaching to work at the Smithsonian Institution as an assistant to the Director of the Traveling Exhibition Service. Talia currently works for a real estate development company in Washington DC, working with Mayor Bowser’s initiative to find housing solutions for families living below the poverty line. Talia speaks basic Spanish.

Emily Siegler

Placement: Ramla, Israel

Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a major in Applied Behavior Science with an emphasis on community health. She plans to get a Master's degree in Social Welfare. She is currently an active at Chabad on campus as a board member and is a study abroad ambassador, and an API study abroad campus advocate. Emily has worked as a camp counselor, a restaurant hostess, and at the University of Kansas recreation services. She has also interned at a public relations company called Combustion as well as the Exchange Club Family Center of Memphis where she worked with both domestic violence victims and offenders. Emily spends free time with good food, good friends, and family. Emily is outgoing and proactive and appreciates little things in life such as smiles, homemade ice cream, and the feeling at the end of a hot yoga class.

Mira Simon

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mira Simon was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2012 from Goucher College , in Baltimore Maryland with a major of Studio Art and a minor in Communications. As part of her major, she spent a year abroad studying art in Europe, based at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Mira currently spends her days working as an Administrative Assistant at a Beverly Hills security firm and fills her nights advancing her freelance art career. Experiencing new cultures and traveling is something Mira is extremely passionate about. At the age of 24, Mira has visited over 20 countries, the majority of which she visited independently. Mira speaks basic Spanish.

Ellen Tein

Placement: Mumbai, India

Ellen Tein was born in Australia and currently lives in New York City. She attends Barnard College of Columbia University, as a pre-medical student intending to study Molecular Neuroscience. Outside of school, Ellen is working towards her New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification. This certification means being CPR certified, as well as trained in a vast array of emergency medical techniques. She plans on serving as an EMT on her school campus in the upcoming fall 2015. Ellen is great with children, having closely worked with them in as a care-giver as well as in an educational capacity. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys volunteering in her community at a local hospital and soup-kitchens.

Molly Weilbacher

Placement: Mumbai, India

Molly Weilbacher is a sophomore at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts studying International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Gender Studies. At school, Molly is President of J Street and is a NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts intern on campus, leading the club as the Membership Coordinator. She also works in the Worcester community with refugees from Somalia, teaching them English as a second language and citizenship classes. Some of Molly’s unique skills are theatre performance and being a certified cake decorator.

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