Inside Jewish Ukraine 2017: Frances C. Eizenstat Fellowship in International Jewish Service

September 10, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Applications will be opening shortly. Email for more information.

On Inside Jewish Ukraine, participants will gain a well-rounded understanding of Jewish life in Ukraine today. Travel with a cohort of likeminded peers to engage with young Jewish leaders in Odessa and Kiev, Ukraine’s biggest commercial port and capital city.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Gain a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Jewish communities in Ukraine and understand how they continue to function and plan in an environment of instability

  • Engage in a cultural exchange with local young Jewish leaders participating in Moishe House, Metsuda, Hillel, the Jewish Volunteers Connection and JUICE

  • Participate in home visits to elderly community members and young families to learn about JDC's Hesed welfare model

  • Take excursions to Babi Yar and the Holocaust Museum to gain historical context of the Jewish community in Ukraine 

  • Explore the rich culture of Ukraine through city tours of Kiev and Odessa, sampling local cuisine, a night out at the ballet, and outings on the Black Sea!

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: September 10-17, 2017

Participation fee: $3,250 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

  • Local transportation within Ukraine

  • 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: The group flight will depart from a New York area airport on Sunday, September 10 and will return on Sunday, September 17. All US based participants are expected to meet at the airport three hours prior to departure and must travel to Kiev with the group. Exact flight details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

Click here to learn about Jackie Shapiro's (Inside Jewish Ukraine 2016 Alumna) experience in Ukraine. 

About JDC in Ukraine: Ukraine is home to the third largest Jewish community in Europe—the fifth largest in the world. Like much of former Soviet Jewry, Ukraine’s Jews have survived the pogroms and the Holocaust, and outlasted Communist Jewish oppression. Today, though the country is struggling with economic turmoil, continuing tension with neighboring Russia and aging infrastructure, its Jewish community is growing, working tirelessly to assist its needy and to foster leadership among its most dedicated.

More on our JDC's work in Ukraine here. Watch an informative video about the Jewish community of Odessa here.

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