Inside Jewish Ukraine in Partnership with University of Washington Hillel

March 19, 2017 - March 26, 2017

This is a uniquely crafted global Jewish service program tailored specifically for undergraduate students from The University of Washington Hillel. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and engage with young Jewish leaders in Odessa and Kiev, Ukraine’s biggest commercial port and capital. Through a combination of educational tours, conversations with local leadership, and meaningful service work, participants will learn about Ukraine’s rich Jewish history first-hand. They’ll experience both the renewal of Jewish life and the continued need for social services by volunteering with children and elderly and spend time together with Ukrainian college-aged Jewish peers, learning about Jewish life in their small but tight-knit communities and serving alongside JDC programs in the region. This is an exceptional opportunity for students interested in foreign affairs, global Jewish culture, and international development.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Experience Ukraine first-hand through food, arts and a cross-cultural Shabbat experience with the local Jewish community
  • Learn about the history of Jewish life and the current challenges in both, Kiev and Odessa through briefings with Diana Kudrik, Public Relations and Missions Coordinator, JDC Ukraine and visits to Babiy Yar, the Potemkin Steps, and Monument to Duke de Richelieu.
  • Connect with Ukrainian college-aged peers, as well as college students from University of Washington Hillel.
  • Lend a hand by performing service work in the Ukrainian Jewish community with the elderly, teens and children

You can view a sample itinerary here

Trip Dates: March 19-26, 2017

Participation Fee: $800 USD*

The trip cost includes:

  • Roundtrip International Airfare from Seattle to Kiev/returning from Odessa
  • Local transportation within Ukraine
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double or triple rooms)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight Details: The group flight will depart from a Seattle area airport on Sunday, March 19 and will return on Sunday, March 26. All participants are expected to meet the group at the airport three hours prior to departure and must travel to Kiev and Odessa with the group. Exact flight details will be share upon notification of acceptance.

For more information visit or e-mail Aviva, Director of Jewish Student Life, at    

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 and aging infrastructure, its Jewish community is growing, working tirelessly to assist its needy and to foster leadership among its most dedicated.

JDC reentered Ukraine to rebuild the shattered remnants of Jewish life following the fall of the Soviet Union. Faced with the acute suffering of Jews made vulnerable by the difficult political and economic transition, including the hyperinflation of the early 1990s, JDC began providing critical food, medicine, and other support that continues as its hallmark in the region.

Learn more about JDC’s work in Ukraine here.

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