Inside Jewish India 2017: Los Angeles Area Young Professionals

August 13, 2017 - August 22, 2017

Application deadline: April 30, 2017

On Inside Jewish India, exclusively for Jewish young professionals from the Los Angeles area, participants will gain hands on experience with JDC's programs in the fields of elderly assistance, leadership development for young Jewish leaders and various other community programs housed at the JDC-supported Evelyn Peters Jewish Community Center and throughout India.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Along with young professionals from the Los Angeles area, travel with a cohort of young leaders from the Indian Jewish Youth Pioneers
  • Experience the diverse Indian Jewish communities of the Cochin, Mumbai and Konkan regions -- including the isolated Bene Israel
  • Learn about JDC’s welfare assistance programs through home visits in Mumbai and to the Bayiti Old Age Home
  • Engage with the children from the slums of Mumbai to learn about JDC's international development work with partner organization, Gabriel Project Mumbai
  • Learn about traditional Indian culture through a henna ceremony, yoga, kalippriyu, Bollywood dance and vegetarian feasts
  • Visit Mumbai's famous attractions including the Gate of India, Banganga Tank, the Hanging Gardens and more

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: August 13-22, 2017

Trip Chairs: Ashton Rosin and Jason Youdeem

Participation fee: $3,800 USD

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. Generous subsidies available, thanks to the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Roundtrip International Airfare from Los Angeles
  • Local transportation within India
  • 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: TBA

Check out Diaspora Diaries: India for a 4-minute look at Indian Jewish life with comedian and Entwine alumnus Noah Gardenswartz.

Toliver Pollack (Inside Jewish India 2015) reflected on her experience:

“One would think that while in India an American girl would feel like she was exploring a place that was completely outside of herself. And yes, there were many new things to see, taste, explore and learn about, but at the end of the day I knew that I was in a place where I belonged, because where there are your people, there is a place for you to call home. And that for me was a huge part of what JDC was about - giving our people, wherever we are in the world, the opportunity to come together and not only explore the diverse ways in which we all practice and celebrate being Jewish, but also how no matter what we are all united. I want to express so much gratitude to JDC for everything they give to communities universally, along with showing me a part of myself in a new light.”

Laura Dannels (Inside Jewish India 2015) blogged about her experience here.

About JDC in India: India, the world’s fastest growing economy and most populous democracy, is a colorful mosaic of coexisting cultures and faiths. India’s Jews—who trace their roots as far as 2,000 years back—are among them, openly practicing in larger communities in Mumbai and Thane and much smaller ones in cities including Pune, Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Kerala (Cochin), Delhi, Kolkata and the Konkan Villages.

Because of India’s huge population and significant poverty, the country’s limited government-run social services are massively overloaded. The Jewish or Bene Israel community lack the welfare infrastructure to meet all of the needs of poor, elderly, and vulnerable Jews among them.

JDC, operational in India for over four decades, partners with various local organizations to ensure the development of critical care for Jews in need and a viable future for the community.

Learn more about JDC's work in India here.


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