Inside Jewish Turkey December 2017

December 10, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Applications will be opening shortly. Email for more information.

Turkey has served as a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution for more than five centuries, fostering a welcoming environment where the Jewish community has been able to sustain a vibrant Jewish communal life. What challenges does the community face today? What does Jewish life look like in this traditional society? Inside Jewish Turkey hopes to answer these questions and more.

  • Discover Turkey’s rich Jewish history in Izmir and Istanbul to understand how these small but vibrant communities continue to strive in uncertain times
  • Network with local young professionals from Generation Next, Istanbul's young adult engagement platform
  • Meet with Turkey's Chief Rabbi and other experts for informative discussions on current events in the region
  • Learn about JDC’s welfare assistance programs through visiting of the Jewish Home for the Aged
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul and enjoy traditional tea, mezze and a visit to a Turkish bathhouse 
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and soak up the scenery on Istiklal Street and along the Bosphorus River

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: December 2017

Participation Fee: $2,100 USD, not inclusive of flights

*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:

  • Local transportation within Turkey
  • 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: Participants will be responsible for booking their own round-trip airfare to and from Istanbul. Travel logistics details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

Jessica Rafipour (Inside Jewish Turkey 2013) writes about her experience with Turkish Jewish life on our blog:

About JDC in Turkey: Traditionally a secular, Western-leaning country bridging Europe and Asia, Turkey has recently significantly raised its profile in the Arab world. Turkey’s stronger than expected growth and sharp recovery from the effects of the global recession have helped make it the region’s top economic performer, reinforcing its ascent.

The Turkish Jewish community, a minority in the country for centuries, continues to enjoy long-established good relations with the government. It has a deeply ingrained tradition of self-sufficiency, and a highly developed system of communal institutions. The prosperity traditionally enjoyed by the community has declined in recent years, and rising costs—especially for security measures—have further taxed its resources. With many Jewish-owned businesses hurt by global competition, the community continues to face financial challenges despite the country’s economic rebound.

Learn more about JDC’s work in Turkey here.

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