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JDC Entwine Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps Experience



The JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps Experience (JSC Multi-Week Experience) is an immersive 1-2 month overseas volunteer program for young adults looking to connect to the global Jewish world.

On behalf of JDC – the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization – JSC Multi-Week Experience fellows work together in small cohorts on projects designed to meet local community needs while gaining first-hand insight on the historical, socio-economic, and political context surrounding their volunteer work. When not working, volunteers explore local sights, sounds, and flavors, and connect with fellow cohort members to discuss themes of Jewish identity and build leadership skills.

Is the JSC Multi-Week Experience for you?

● Curious about global Jewish communities
● Looking to make an impact while growing personally and professionally
● Excited to learn and grow together with a cohort of volunteers
● Ready to take on the adventure of living and volunteering overseas

Does this sound like you? APPLY NOW

The Marion Lemesh Fellowship (for JSC Multi-Week applicants outside of North America & the UK)

The Marion Lemesh Fellowship is a unique, first-of-its-kind Fellowship designed to encourage and develop an interest in global affairs, local Jewish communities, and a passion for helping others. The fellowship prioritizes enhancing connections and links between Jewish communities around the world and focusing on supporting young, Jewish adults from countries outside of North America and the UK.

Candidates must:

  • Express a strong desire to help others
  • Be a dedicated member of their local Jewish community
  • Be proficient in English
  • Be an international applicant (from outside of North America and the UK)
  • Return home with the responsibility to educate their local community

This fellowship provides generous subsidies for highly qualified, passionate, motivated applicants. If you are interested in applying for the Marion Lemesh Fellowship please make sure to indicate on your JSC Multi-Week application.

About Marion Lamesh:

Marion Lemesh’s family has a deep connection and appreciation for JDC and its work. Marion’s father and mother, having survived the Shoah as a soldier in the Red Army and as a Partizan respectively, met in a JDC supported Displaced Person’s Camp in Austria in the aftermath of World War II. Her father had the good fortune to work for the JDC in a variety of roles including as driver and mechanic. These life-changing job opportunities helped her parents get back on their feet, and provided the necessary support to start a family. Shortly after Marion was born, the family moved to the United Kingdom to rebuild their lives.

Fiercely independent and devoted to the care of those she loved, she lived a life of the values which she most represented: a commitment to education, both religious and secular, personal responsibility and freedom, travel, and tzedakah.

The Fellowship endowed in memory of Marion Lemesh z”l is designed to strengthen links between communities around the world by providing young adults the experience to travel, learn and explore the world in an impactful and meaningful way.

(click on specific country to learn more)

Application Deadline:
August 31

Cost to Participate

We are excited to offer the JSC Multi-Week Experience as a subsidized leadership opportunity. Participation Fees for each session are listed per placement and vary from $500-$1000 depending on program duration. Unless otherwise noted on the individual country page, Participation Fees include housing, formal group activities, travel health and emergency evacuation insurance, some meals, and on-the-ground staff support. Participation Fees do not include international airfare, most meals, visa, local transportation, and other personal expenses.

Still have questions? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or email jdcentwine@jdc.org

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Fill out this short form to receive a link to the online application. Please note the application deadline is August 1, 2017 for Romania and August 31, 2017 for all other placements. Select applicants will be invited to have a Skype interview with JDC Entwine staff within two weeks of the application deadline.

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JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps: Fall/Winter Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

⊕ What is the JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps Experience?

The JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps (JSC Multi-Week) is an immersive 1-2 month overseas volunteer program for young adults looking to connect to the global Jewish world.

On behalf of JDC – the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization – JSC Multi Week Experience participants work together in small cohorts on projects designed to meet local community needs while gaining first-hand insight on the historical, socio-economic, and political context surrounding their volunteer work. When not working, volunteers explore local sights, sounds, and flavors, and connect with fellow cohort members to discuss themes of Jewish identity and build leadership skills.

⊕ Where do JSC Multi-Week Experience Volunteers serve?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world, and JSC Summer Experience placements include working in overseas Diaspora Jewish communities, countries where JDC has non-sectarian projects or in Israel.

2017 Fall/Winter opportunities include placements in India, Israel, Morocco, Romania and Rwanda! Check jdc.enwtine.org/jsc-multiweek for the current list of upcoming opportunities.

⊕ How many volunteers are in each cohort?

Most placements are designed for cohorts of 3-8 volunteers.

⊕ How long is the program?

Fall/Winter placements range from about one to two months, depending on the location. Exact start and end dates can be found on our website’s individual placement pages.

⊕ I can’t join for the entire duration of the program dates. Can I still participate?

We typically require participants to commit to the entire length of the program. If you have any more specific questions or concerns, please be in touch directly.

⊕ Can I apply to multiple placements?

Absolutely! You can indicate which placements you would like to be considered for on the application.

⊕ What are the application requirements?

The application includes an online form with a few short answer questions, and asks for a resume and some personal information. Please visit http://www.jdcentwine.org/jsc-multiweekto access the application. The application deadline for Fall/Winter placements is August 31, 2017.

⊕ What does the interview process entail? When do interviews take place?

Interviews are virtual and are typically 20-30 minutes. The interview is an opportunity to bring your application to life and see where you could fit into our different opportunities. Select applicants will be invited to have a Skype interview with JDC Entwine staff within two weeks of the application deadline and notified of their status shortly thereafter.

⊕ Is there a cost to participate?

We are excited to offer the JSC Multi-Week Experience as a subsidized leadership opportunity. There is a cost to participate and Participation Fees for each session are listed on our website. Unless otherwise noted on the individual country page, Participation Fees include housing, formal group activities, travel health and emergency evacuation insurance, some meals, and on-the-ground staff support.  Participation Fees do not include international airfare, most meals, visa, local transportation, and other personal expenses. Still have concerns about cost? Email jdcentwine@jdc.org to discuss additional subsidy options.

Browse our website for details! Still have questions? Email jdcentwine@jdc.org