Inside Jewish Azerbaijan & Georgia | 2018

July 8, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Applications are not yet available for this trip
Inside Jewish Georgia & Azerbaijan is a one-of-a-kind opportunity experience the renewal of Jewish life in the post-communist societies of Georgia and Azerbaijan. On Inside Jewish Georgia & Azerbaijan, participants will learn about JDC's vital work with Jewish populations in this unique pocket of the Former Soviet Union.
Participation Fee: $850 *Price does not include international airfare
Itinerary Highlights:
  • Discover the Jewish communities of Tbilisi and Gori, Georgia; and Baku and Quba, Azerbaijan 
  • Meet the unique community of Mountain Jews, living in the north of Azerbaijan in the world's only all-Jewish town outside of Israel
  • Visit an Azari Bazar, see local artisans in their traditional work
  • Tour the city of Baku, a bustling metropolis on the shores of the Caspian sea 
  • Participate in home visits and deliver needed supplies to elderly community members to learn about JDC's Hesed welfare model
  • Learn about the history of Communism in the region with a visit to the Stalin Museum in Gori
  • Lead activities and discussions for at-risk children, teens and parents served by Georgia's Jewish Family Service
  • Experience Georgia's rich culture through local cuisine, traditional dance, and exploring Tbilisi's cobblestone streets and fairytale-like architecture
  • Travel the Georgian countryside for wine tasting with a visit to medieval castles and monasteries
The trip cost includes:
  • Roundtrip international airfare from NYC
  • Local transportation within and between Georgia & Azerbaijan
  • 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

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

About JDC in Georgia: More than two decades after the fall of Communism, JDC works with Georgia's local Jewish communities to create opportunities for Jews to reconnect to their tradition. After Georgia obtained independence in 1991, JDC stepped in to help the community build a strong Jewish infrastructure and care for its needy and elderly. More recently, events have also required JDC's intervention like a 2002 earthquake and political instability stemming from the Russian-Georgian war of 2008. JDC played a central role in helping the Tbilisi Jewish community and surrounding communities caught in the midst of the fighting. Today, JDC provides lifesaving humanitarian interventions, and is revitalizing Jewish life through its work with Jews of all ages from nursery school programs to young adult engagement initiatives.

About JDC in Azerbaijan: Jewish life in Azerbaijan, which has historically been centered in Baku, dates back hundreds of years. The Jewish community of Baku, and the smaller community in the city of Kuba, flourished well into the 20th century, until the rise of Communism ruled out Jewish expression. The collapse of the Soviet Union brought the opportunity for revival of Jewish life, but also left the country in economic ruin. With JDC's help, the Jews of Azerbaijan are working to further the welfare of the neediest and to preserve the community's Jewish heritage.


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