with Jconnect Seattle
May 19 – 27, 2019
Join other young professionals from the Seattle area on a journey to the Near East! On Inside Jewish Georgia, you will be immersed in a fascinating region characterized by cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity, as well as learn about Jewish renewal in a post-communist society.
- Experience the region’s unique culture through its cuisine, dance, and architecture.
- Travel the countryside, participate in wine tastings, and visit medieval castles and monasteries.
- Visit an Azari Bazar to see local artisans in their traditional work.
- Learn about the history of communism in the region with a visit to the Stalin Museum.
- Explore and tour the Jewish communities of Tbilisi & Gori.
- Participate in home visits with elderly community members to learn about JDC’s Hesed welfare model.
- Lead activities for children, teens, and parents served by JDC-supported Jewish Family Service.
“I rarely interact with senior citizens in my local community and this trip reminded me how important it is to make connections with every generation. I was able to see the power of Judaism, I now feel a responsibility to help other Jews around the world.”
– Insider Trip Participant
Roundtrip international airfare and local transportation within Georgia
Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
May 19 – 27, 2019
March 8, 2019
About JDC in Georgia
More than two decades after the fall of Communism, JDC is working with Georgia’s local Jewish communities to create opportunities for Jews to reconnect to their tradition. After Georgia obtained independence in 1991, JDC stepped in to help the community build a strong Jewish infrastructure and care for its needy and elderly. More recently, events have also required JDC’s intervention; in 2002, a severe earthquake struck Georgia and political instability and tensions with Russia cultivated in the Russian-Georgian war of 2008. JDC played a central role in helping the Tbilisi Jewish community and surrounding communities caught in the midst of the fighting. Today, JDC provides lifesaving humanitarian interventions, and is revitalizing Jewish life through its work with Jews of all ages from nursery school programs to young adult engagement initiatives.
Jconnect Seattle offers young adults the opportunity to find and build community, engage in Jewish life and holiday celebrations, and to experience the diverse activities available in Seattle. Jconnect provides 1,500 young Jewish adults with access to 10-12 events per month annually. Their events touch on a wide variety of topics including Shabbat and holidays, social justice, outdoor activities, Israel, arts and culture, and professional and leadership development.
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