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JSC Summer Experience | UKRAINE

Volunteer Placement

JDC supports several Jewish community centers (JCCs) in Kiev, including the Kinor JCC, the Beitenu Family Center, and the Hatikva Community Center of Progressive Judaism. These JCCs offer a multitude of programs that gather people of varying age groups and interests and provide them with a means to explore their Jewish heritage and cultivate friendships within the Jewish community.

As part of that effort, this summer the community will host two family camps on the beaches just outside of Kiev. Fellows will start and end their placement in Kiev and attend the family camps to assist with activities.

About the Jewish Community of UKRAINE

Ukraine is home to the third largest Jewish community in Europe—the fifth largest in the world. Like much of former Soviet Jewry, Ukraine’s Jews have survived the pogroms and the Holocaust, and outlasted Communist Jewish oppression. Today, though the country is struggling with economic turmoil and aging infrastructure, its Jewish community is growing, working tirelessly to assist its needy and to foster leadership among its most dedicated.

JDC reentered Ukraine to rebuild the shattered remnants of Jewish life following the fall of the Soviet Union. Faced with the acute suffering of Jews made vulnerable by the difficult political and economic transition, including the hyperinflation of the early 1990s, JDC began providing critical food, medicine, and other support that continues as its hallmark in the region.

What will Fellows do in Kiev?

Fellows will participate in camp life while assisting in various activities including: teaching English, music, Judaism, and any other educational sessions.

Program Dates:
Mid-June – End of July (exact dates TBD)

Application Deadline:
March 20, 2017

Desired Qualifications:
• High level of Russian is a must
• Background or interest working with children, young adults and families
• Informal Jewish educational experience and or camp experience
• Energetic, flexible, open minded, and independent
• “Team player” and an ability to work collaboratively
• Other helpful skills may include arts, music, theatre, etc.

Participation Fee: $750 *
This includes:

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

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

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The applications for the Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps - Summer 2017 session is now open!
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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: