Inside Jewish Georgia: National Leadership Trip for College Students in Partnership with Cornell University Hillel

June 4, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Partner: Cornell Hillel

While in Georgia, students  will experience the renewal of Jewish life in Georgia, a post-communist society. Inside Jewish Georgia is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about JDC's vital work with Jewish populations in this unique pocket of the Former Soviet Union.

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

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Discover the Jewish communities of Tbilisi, Gori, & Kutaisi, Georgia 
  • Engage with local teens and spend Shabbat with young professional leaders at Hillel Tbilisi
  • 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 and briefings with US Embassy staff and local historians
  • Go to camp! Spend a day at a JDC-supported Family Camp and help lead activities and discussions for at-risk children, teens and parents served by Georgia's Jewish Family Service
  • Experience Georgia's rich and unique culture and cuisine through khachapuri, traditional dance and exploring Tbilisi's cobblestone streets and fairytale-like architecture

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: June 4-11, 2017

Participation fee: $2600 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 Georgia
• 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.

Flight Details: TBA

About JDC in Georgia: More than two decades after the fall of Communism, JDC is working 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; in 2002, a severe earthquake struck Georgia and political instability and tensions with Russia cultivated in 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.

 

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