Inside Jewish Greece & Bulgaria: Russian-Speaking Jewish Young Professionals

March 26, 2017 - April 3, 2017

This is a uniquely crafted global Jewish program tailored specifically for young professionals from a Russian-speaking Jewish background. Participants will connect with other passionate RSJ individuals from across North America and engage personally with issues facing Jewish communities abroad. Through a combination of educational tours and conversations with local leadership, participants will learn about the Jewish history and modern communities of Greece and Bulgaria first-hand. Participants will explore their own Jewish identity, from networking with RSJ peers from across North America and Greece and Bulgaria to exploring the breadth of JDC’s work. This is an exceptional opportunity for young leaders interested in foreign affairs, global Jewish culture, and community development.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Learn first-hand about the revitalization of Jewish life in Bulgaria after the fall of Communism and the effect of economic instability in the Balkan region in recent years
  • Experience the ancient sites of Athens, including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and historical synagogues & Jewish institutions  
  • Network with Greek young professionals & residents of Moshe House Sofia, and engage in leadership development with teens from BBYO, two of JDC’s partner organizations
  • Participate in interactive activities with elderly community members & young children at Gan Balagan Kindergarten
  • Engage in exclusive briefings with leading economists, community leaders, and social workers to understand current socioeconomic realities today
  • Enjoy authentic Greek and Bulgarian cuisine and a special Shabbat in Greece!

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: March 26-April 3, 2017

Participation Fee: $3,000 (Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available.)

Actual Value of Trip (estimated): $3,600

The trip cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from New York City
  • Local transportation
  • 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 deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.  Final payments will be due two months prior to the trip.

Learn more about JDC’s work in Greece and Bulgaria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?

JDC Insider Trips for Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals are open to post-college age individuals from across North American. Participants generally range in age from early twenties through late thirties.

Are subsidies available?

Yes. While the participation fee has already been subsidized, JDC Entwine Global Leadership Grants are available, and you can apply for a grant when you complete the trip application. Note that no full subsidies are available.

Is this a religious trip?

JDC is a non-denominational and pluralistic organization. We welcome all levels of observance (or non-observance) on our Insider Trips. The trip experience includes an exploration of the notion of global Jewish responsibility, guided by a service-learning curriculum that has been designed for participants of all Jewish backgrounds.

What kind of service will I be doing?

The group’s service work will be developed based on the needs of the community. Examples of past service projects include refurbishing a community center, leading activities for children and teens, and interactive projects with elderly community members.

Do I have to be fluent in Russian to be eligible?

No. JDC Entwine Insider Trips are conducted in English, so Russian fluency is not required to participate.

What’s included in the cost?

Included in the participation fee is roundtrip airfare from a US departure city, local transportation, meals, hotel accommodations, briefings, tours, leisure activities, and medical and emergency evacuation insurance. 


This trip was made possible with the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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