Inside Israel 2018: Eugene J. Ribakoff Fellowship in Leadership & Philanthropy

June 17, 2018 - June 23, 2018

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Inside Israel is an exclusive opportunity to understand the intersection of philanthropy and social change through engagement with various segments of Israeli society, and through exchanges with young Israeli innovators, change makers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Fellows” will deepen their understanding of global non-profit leadership through meetings with board members and senior professionals of the largest Jewish humanitarian organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and will gain real-life experience in philanthropic giving through a mini on-trip giving circle*. 

Inside Israel is in memory of Eugene J. Ribakoff, z”l, who served as both the President and the Chairman of JDC’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure, he expertly navigated the organization through a period of rapid growth and change, helping Jews in more than 70 countries. Mr. Ribakoff loved leadership and philanthropy, but what he cared about most was helping people.

*What is a giving circle?
In a giving circle, members pool their charitable contributions and decide together where the conbined funds should go. Giving circles are a powerful tool for building community and for strengthening members’ personal, professional, and philanthropic networks. Through their consensus-based decision-making, they model the importance of philanthropic partnership and collective impact, reinforcing the truism that no funder, no matter how large or influential, can solve social problems on his or her own.

This Fellowship consists of an immersive giving circle component whereby each participant is expected to make a charitable donation of $250 to JDC. During the trip, the cohort will determine where to donate its pooled resources. 

Click here to see a short video of Inside Israel 2017: Eugene J. Ribakoff Fellowship in Leadership & Philanthropy.

Click here to view a sample itinerary.

Program & Itinerary Highlights:
  • Do a deep dive into challenges affecting Israel’s diverse communities including Ethiopian-Israeli, Israeli-Arab, Bedouin, Ultra-Orthodox, persons with disabilities, and youth-at-risk
  • Gain an understanding of JDC’s partnership with the Israeli government to tackle issues of social integration, education, employment, and refugee/asylum status through site visits to the Riyan Employment Center, the Center for Independent Living (Inka), Taveje Ethiopian Cultural Center, Bialik-Rogozin School, and more
  • Meet with leading experts, government officials, and community leaders including Jean-Marc Liling refugee/asylum issue expert, Avi Weiss, Executive Director of the Taub Center, Aharon Freedman, JDC International Relations Department Specialist on Haredi Issues, Dr. Mohammad Elnabari, Mayor of Hura, and more
  • Experience a Shark Tank-style pitch session with young Israeli innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Enjoy exclusive opportunities to interface and travel with JDC board and senior staff leadership and an invitation to attend a special session at JDC board meetings in New York before the trip
  • Enjoy Israel’s diverse cultures through a Bedouin feast, an artist-lead graffiti tour in Tel Aviv, a bonfire on a kibbutz, and Shabbat home hospitality
  • Gain real-life experience in the philanthropic process: all participants will be required to make a minimum gift of $250* that will be collectively allocated by the cohort to one of the programs visited

Participation Fee: $1,200 - plus a $250 donation to the giving circle. (Note: this is a highly subsidized participation fee)

*Price does not include international airfare. Participants will be responsible for booking their own airfare to and from Tel Aviv.

The trip cost includes:
  • Local transportation within Israel
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double or triple rooms)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

About JDC in 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. By investing in Israel’s most precious resource—its people—JDC helps the country ensure that it can provide for its most vulnerable, foster greater equality of opportunity, leverage its human capital, and strengthen its future as a nation.


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