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JSC Summer Experience | ISRAEL

Volunteer Placement

JDC’s Mesilah program acts as an aid and information center for the foreign community in the south of Tel Aviv. Caring for the humanitarian needs of these diverse populations, Mesilah provides families of refugees and asylum-seekers with medical assistance, social services and psychological counseling. During the summer, there is an influx of pop-up day care centers, where parents who work several jobs drop off their kids.

Mesilah provides support and guidance for several day care centers in the city, caring for kids who range in age from 3 months – 5 years old and come from a low socio economic background. Truly at-risk, these children are in deep need of attention, love and basic interaction.

About Israel

Israel today boasts one of the world’s most dynamic economies and one of the most diverse populations. Yet, it also has the second largest gap between the rich and poor in the OECD: 1.8 million men, women and children live below the poverty line and 39% of Israelis find it difficult to live on their current income.

JDC partners with the Israeli government to create strategies and solutions to combat the country’s biggest internal challenges. Through strategic interventions, JDC-Israel touches the lives of 1 in 4 Israelis, assisting the most vulnerable target populations such as: children and youth at-risk and their families, the elderly, immigrant groups, the chronically unemployed, and the disabled.

What will Fellows do at Mesilah?

Fellows will assist Mesilah both in the field and in the office. Responsibilities may include:

• Assisting with child care in the daycare centers
• Planning informal education lesson for children at after school centers
• Assisting with grant writing
• Assisting with social media and web maintenance

Program Dates:
June 17 – August 18, 2017

Application Deadline:
March 20, 2017

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience or interest in working with at-risk youth populations
• Background or interest in education
• Background working with young children
• Basic Hebrew is a must
• Passion for program planning and engagement

Participation Fee: $1,000 *
This includes:

• Housing
• Group activities and excursions
• Airport pick up/drop off in overseas location
• Some meals
• Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance
• On-the-ground staff support

This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Most meals
• Visa (not required for US passport holders)
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses

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Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief. Learn more:

About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): For over 95 years, JDC has provided rescue, relief, and renewal for Jewish communities outside of North America, helped Israel meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, and offered a Jewish response to natural and man-made disasters and non-sectarian development needs around the world. JDC's work in over 70 countries is inspired by Jewish values of mutual responsibility, that kol yisrael areivim zeh l'zeh (all of Israel is responsible for one another), and tikkun olam, that Jews have an obligation to repair the world. Learn more:

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