Inside Jewish Estonia & Finland 2017

May 21, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Applications are now open. Click here to receive an application. 

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

On Inside Jewish Estonia & Finland, participants will engage with two vibrant Jewish communities in the Baltics region. Participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Jewish communal life in Europe today through interactive site visits, exchanges with local leaders and peers, and meetings with JDC professionals.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Gain unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Jewish communities of the Baltics region, and the influence on Communism on the history and demographic makeup of these communities today
  • Briefings on current economic and political realities of Europe today with leading local experts 
  • Learn about JDC’s welfare assistance programs through a visit to the Esperia Care Home for the Elderly in Helsinki
  • Lead interactive activities with young children at Helsinki’s Jewish day school
  • Engage in a cultural exchange with BBYO teens and local young leaders of JClub
  • Explore the rich cultures of the region through a day trip to Suomenlinna, sampling local cuisine, ferry rides across the Baltic Sea, and arts and culture

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: May 21-29, 2017

Participation Fee: $3,500 USD

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Roundtrip International Airfare from New York City
  • Local transportation within the Baltics/Finland
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight Details: The group flight will depart from a New York area airport on Sunday, May 21 and will return on Monday, May 29. All US based participants are expected to meet at the airport three hours prior to departure and must travel to Helsinki with the group. Exact flight details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

**International participants are expected to arrange their own airfare in coordination with JDC staff to arrive at the same time or before the group flight arrives from the United States.

About JDC in the Baltics: The Baltic countries were hit hard by the global recession, suffering some of Europe’s highest unemployment rates as GDP dropped by a third in Latvia between 2008 and 2010, and by almost 25% in Estonia and Lithuania. The effect on the emerging middle class was devastating, as many professionals lost their livelihoods and joined the ranks of the “new poor.” Sharp rises in food prices and heating costs devastated people living on fixed incomes and reduced wages alike, increasing need for assistance among the elderly and at–risk families. In this historically significant center of Jewish learning and culture, Jewish life has staged a remarkable recovery in recent decades after being nearly extinguished during the Holocaust and Soviet eras. Dynamic Jewish communities have reemerged in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius, with strong progress toward self–sustainability slowed only by the economic downturn. Covering the needs of dozens of small communities, some with hundreds of years of Jewish history but only a few remaining Jews, is a communal challenge.

Learn more about JDC in the Baltics region here.


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