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JSC Winter Experience | Morocco



Volunteer Placement

The Jewish community of Morocco has a long and prosperous history dating back over 2,500. Today, there is a small but strong Jewish community, predominately based in Casablanca. In Morocco, there are two distinct Multi-Week JSC placements, both serving critical needs for Casablanca’s Jewish community.

Placement: Jewish Community Center

A Jewish Community Center was recently built in Casablanca, located in the same area as the two Jewish kindergartens and a Jewish primary school. In Casablanca, there are only a handful of young Jewish adults as the majority leave after high school to study abroad. This means that there are no young adults to serve as mentors or madrichim (counselors) for the Jewish children and teens living with their families. Multi-Week Fellows at the JCC are responsible for creating meaningful opportunities for children and teens.

Day-to-day activities for Fellows at the Jewish Community Center include:

  • Planning and facilitating Jewish programs and activities
  • Planning and facilitating community-wide Jewish events (in particular throughout Chanukah)
  • One-on-one English/ Hebrew lessons

Placement: Home for the Elderly

The Home for the Elderly, managed by the Jewish Community of Casablanca, cares for 25 residents. Many of the residents do not have family based in Morocco, or opportunities to interact with people outside of the home. Fellows at the Home for the Elderly will serve as companions and educators for the residents.

Day-to-day activities for Fellows at the Home for the Elderly: include:

  • Planning and facilitating activities for the elderly at the old age home like arts and crafts, music, and dance
  • Creating programs for the elderly that engages them on Jewish topics like holidays and text study
  • Spending one-on-one time with residents and helping them record their stories
  • Assisting local staff with planned activities or events that take place regularly at the old age home

About the Jewish Community in Morocco:

Once one of the largest Jewish communities in the world, Moroccan Jewry now number approximately 4,000. Centered in Casablanca, this small, but vibrant community takes pride in its values, traditions, and institutions. With a visit to Morocco, participants will gain insight into what it means to guide a community to consolidate Jewish institutions while respecting long-standing traditions; to develop future leadership in a country where young people are leaving; to sustain vital health and welfare services for the aged; and to maintain a community’s security in an unstable environment. Beyond understanding these issues, participants on Inside Jewish Morocco will have the opportunity to engage with a truly unique and historic Jewish community that, though declining in numbers, remains vibrant and strong.

Program Dates:
Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, 2017

Application Deadline:
August 31, 2017

Desired Qualifications:
• Speaks French or Hebrew
• Informal education background
• Youth group/ camp background
• Experience working with the elderly
• Flexible, independent


Participation Fee: $500 *
This includes:

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

This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Visa
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses

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The applications for the Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps - Fall/Winter 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: www.jdcentwine.org

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: www.jdc.org

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