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What is the Jewish Service Corps?

The Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) is a year-long, paid opportunity for Jewish young professionals to volunteer overseas with JDC, the world's leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Responding to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, JSC fellows facilitate and create innovative programs using their unique skills and talents.

Where do JSC fellows serve?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world, and JSC fellows have served in global Jewish communities, Israel and in countries where JDC has non-sectarian projects.

Currently, fellows are serving in locations like Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, India, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Rwanda, Turkey, Hungary and Ukraine.

JSC placements in the past have included:

  • Facilitating leadership training and program implementation for teen and young adult programs in Latin America, Europe, and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Providing strategic support in a variety of JDC offices in Europe and Asia.
  • Working with Israel’s most vulnerable populations including unemployed, youth-at-risk, elderly, and the disabled.
  • Running programs to enable orphaned youth to realize their maximum potential at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda
  • Developing Jewish enrichment programs for children and families across the globe.
  • Serving as a mentor and coordinator for volunteers serving in newly developed JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps placements.
  • In partnership with BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth movement, fellows provide Jewish teen with meaningful Jewish experiences.

Qualifications:

• College degree or equivalent and proven academic achievement
• Strong leadership, communication skills, adaptability, flexibility, and capacity to work independently
• Knowledge of other languages is valuable in many placements

Application Deadline:
December 31, 2017

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Jewish Service Corps faq

⊕ What is the JDC Jewish Service Corps?

The Jewish Service Corps (JSC) provides an opportunity for young Jews to serve with the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization through year-long, paid, individual service opportunities where JDC works around the world.

JSC fellows are catalysts for change, creating and facilitating innovative programs that respond to pressing Jewish and humanitarian challenges around the world.

JSC fellows work hands-on in a variety of communities, with varied responsibilities depending on placements.

⊕ Where do JSC fellows serve?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world, and JSC fellows have served in global Jewish communities, Israel and in countries where JDC has non-sectarian projects.

⊕ How many people serve in each JSC placement?

The JSC is an individual experience, but each fellow is connected to the larger cohort of JSC fellows serving around the world throughout the year. Multiple fellows are sometimes based in the same location, while other locations only have one fellow each year.

⊕ How are JSC placements determined?

JDC seeks to specifically match each fellow’s skills and strengths with identified community needs. JSC placements are determined through this matchmaking process to ensure the right fit for the individual and the community.

Individuals are selected with specific placements in mind, and not as a group of fellows whose placements are determined after acceptance.

⊕ What does the JSC year look like?

1. The JSC Year begins with an Orientation for selected JSC fellows at JDC’s Headquarters in New York. Orientation typically takes place over the course of 3-4 days at the beginning of Fall. If selected as a JDC-BBYO Fellow, mandatory BBYO Orientation will take place mid-August.
2. Most JSC placements begin shortly after orientation.
3. JSC placements with our partner, the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, begin in December 2018 and end in November 2019.
4. JSC fellows gather in Israel for a Mid-Year Leadership and Training Seminar.
5. The JSC fellowship year ends in Fall 2019 for most placements.
6. While JSC fellows are placed around the world, the JSC program is managed by JDC Entwine. JSC fellows receive supervision and ongoing support throughout the year from JDC Entwine staff, as well as JDC field supervisors who may be based in the fellows’ country of service or in another overseas location.

⊕ What does JDC cover as part of the JSC program?

JDC covers international travel expenses and provides fellows with housing, modest monthly expenses, and health insurance.

⊕ What does housing look like during the JSC year?

In most locations, JSC fellows live in an apartment or a house in the community they serve. JSC fellows may share an apartment or a room with other JSC fellows in the same placement, depending on the placements. JSC fellows do not live in “home hospitality” style housing within their communities.

⊕ I just submitted my 2018-2019 JSC application online. What are the next steps?

Thank you for submitting your application! Applications are reviewed in January 2018. JSC interviews are scheduled throughout February and March 2018.

⊕ When will I hear if I have been accepted to the JSC?

All JSC applicants will be notified of their status by June 2018. We will be in touch with you during this process.

⊕ What does the interview process entail? When do interviews take place?

Throughout February and March, phone or Skype interviews will be scheduled for a number of JSC applicants. Email invitations for these interviews will be sent out starting late January through February, and the phone or Skype interviews will last about 20 minutes. Interviews are conducted by two JDC staff or alumni.

Following the preliminary round of interviews, a select number of JSC applicants will be invited to participate in a JSC Group Interview Day, which they will be informed of by the end of February 2018. Multiple interview days will take place in the U.S. and in Israel in the middle of March 2018. JDC will cover costs associated with attending the JSC Group Interview.

⊕ I applied, and have a spouse and family. Can they join me if I’m accepted?

The JSC program is open to applicants with spouses/partners and children; however, JDC only covers costs associated with the individual JSC fellow accepted to the program. The JSC fellow is responsible for any costs (such as flights, etc.) for family members should they choose to join the JSC fellow in their field placement locations. In the past, JSC fellows have chosen both to travel with/ without spouse and/or family to placements. If you and your spouse/partner both applied, you would both have to be accepted as JSC fellows in the same placement for JDC to cover you both

⊕ I still have more questions. Can I speak with someone?

Of course! We would be happy to schedule time to speak with you further! Please be in touch with jdcentwine@jdc.org to coordinate. We look forward to speaking soon!

⊕ How else can I get involved with JDC Entwine?

Serve for three to eight weeks with the Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps, an immersive opportunity to connect with overseas communities. Click here to learn more about Multi-Week opportunities.

Travel for one week with our college or young professional Insider Trips. Each of our trips offer a unique opportunity to understand and impact Jewish and humanitarian challenges around the world. Click here to learn about the 2018 trip offerings.

Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief. Learn more: www.jdcentwine.org

About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): For over 95 years, JDC has provided rescue, relief, and renewal for Jewish communities outside of North America, helped Israel meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, and offered a Jewish response to natural and man-made disasters and non-sectarian development needs around the world. JDC's work in over 70 countries is inspired by Jewish values of mutual responsibility, that kol yisrael areivim zeh l'zeh (all of Israel is responsible for one another), and tikkun olam, that Jews have an obligation to repair the world. Learn more: www.jdc.org

2017-18 JEWISH SERVICE CORPS Fellows

Tamar Amar

Placement: Israel-Ashalim

Tamar is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow with JDC’s Ashalim department in Israel, developing initiatives for disadvantaged Israeli youth in order to improve their quality of life, and enable them to integrate successfully into Israeli society. Tamar grew up in a small town known as Camarillo, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017, where she studied public health. She developed her initial passion for service during high school, when she volunteered at a weekly free medical clinic for the uninsured/homeless population. She continued to work with underserved populations throughout college with The Suitcase Clinic.

Tamar has a lot of experience working with youth of all ages, whether it be as a camp counselor, tutor, or mentor. She volunteered as a Camp Gan Israel counselor throughout high school and into college, and her passion for Judaism grew as she participated on the board of her campus's Chabad House. During her free time, Tamar loves to spend time outdoors, hiking and basking in the warm sunshine.

Rachel Auerbach

Placement: Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Rachel is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Rachel is a recent graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Geography, Psychology, and Urban Studies. Rachel is a public transportation enthusiast and her work interning with Metro Transit, the public transportation provider in the Twin Cities, has sparked her interest in the intersections of urban planning and social justice. In her free time, Rachel can be found people-watching in local cafes, biking, and exploring different neighborhoods wherever she happens to be. Other interests include hiking, thinking of puns, trying new foods, and reading about cities.

Alana Ben-Zeev

Placement: Tallinn, Estonia – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Alana is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia. She is creating and innovating informal Jewish educational programming and youth leadership programs in Tallinn and throughout the Baltic region.

Alana Ben-Zeev is a recent graduate of Rollins College, where she majored in Organizational Communication and minored in Jewish Studies. There, she played in active role in planning philanthropy events for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Alana’s passion for working with the Jewish Community sparked through her involvement in BBYO during high school. She’s spent the last six summers at a Jewish overnight camp in the North Georgia Mountains, where she’s supervised counselors of 11, 12, and 13 year olds. Alana is so excited to be abroad for the year, she enjoyed her recent travels to Barcelona, where she worked as an Au Pair for three months.

Jake Berger

Placement: Helsinki, Finland

Jake is serving as a JDC-YESOD Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Helsinki, Finland, where he is implementing programing for children, teens and young adults in the Jewish community, and working to create dynamic programming to further develop and assist the community in identifying opportunities to engage with their Jewish identity.

Jake is 22 years old, and was born and raised in Manchester, England. He graduated in 2016 from the University of Oxford with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. Whilst at university Jake was Vice-President of the Jewish Society, played football for his college, and helped to run Oxford Pink Week, an initiative that raised £15000 for breast cancer charities. (He also founded Oxford's first Schnitzel Society.) Jake interned for a media company in New York City during a summer break, and he has had a long-standing involvement with Bnei Akiva - leading summer camps in Wales and The Netherlands. This passion for community lead him to the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where he spent a year engaging with Jewish texts as a European Leadership Fellow. One of the few words he knows in Finnish is 'kalsarikännit', which means 'to get drunk alone at home, presumably watching TV in one's underpants'.

Shira Chandler

Placement: Israel – Eshel

Shira is serving as the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Jerusalem, Israel, in JDC’s Eshel department, which is working to provide the resources and support for older citizens in Israel to live independently. Shira is creating and producing written and audio-visual content for Eshel's fundraising efforts, as well as using her health policy expertise while working on the department's long range strategic programs for Israel's future elders.

Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Shira recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She majored in Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Management and minored in Medical Anthropology. Shira served as president of Chapel Hill’s Hillel, regularly volunteered teaching English to immigrants, and was involved with the UNC community garden which provides food to low income UNC staff. This summer Shira is directing a small day camp, working at a cupcake shop, and helping to conduct a systematic review on mental health interventions for children. Shira lived in Israel where she interned in the Maternal and Child Health Department at the Ministry of Health which cemented her interest in Public Health. Her strong involvement in the Jewish community led her to intern at The Jewish Federations of North America Washington Office where she worked to improve the lives of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and Holocaust survivors through health legislative initiatives. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, baking, hunkering down with a great historical fiction book, and spending time with friends and family.

Judith Cohen

Placement: : Budapest, Hungary – Donner-Perlman JDC-BBYO Fellow

Judith (Jude) is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Budapest, Hungary. Jude is identifying opportunities for Jewish teens, creating innovative programs for the local youth movement, and building youth leadership capacity through trainings and camps.

Jude has always been fascinated by people and places, determined to encounter as many as possible through her studies and work. She graduated from Vanderbilt with an independently designed B.A. in Cross-Cultural Communication & Romance Languages. During her time at Vanderbilt, Jude studied abroad in Italy, Switzerland, and South Africa, engaging topics such as human rights, international management, and Italian conversation. Additionally, she was involved in many organizations ranging from service oriented, to religious, to leadership and community development. Jude is committed to bettering the world through human interaction and continually exploring

Melanie Edwards

Placement: Israel – Tevet

Melanie is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Israel with TEVET, a JDC initiative that aims to tackle employment related issues. She will assist TEVET in producing powerful fundraising and marketing materials and tools, developing strategic models and systems for the department. Originally from Los Angeles, Melanie graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2017 with a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies. During her college years, Melanie explored leadership on campus in various ways. She became heavily involved within KU Hillel, participating in a wide array of internships and traveling with KU Hillel on two JDC Entwine Insider College Trips to Israel in 2015 and Romania and Bulgaria in 2016. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and served as the Vice President of Ritual and Fraternity Appreciation. Melanie also spent a semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain where she realized her love for travel and adventure. Melanie takes great pride in her Jewish identity and is incredibly grateful to be a member of the 2017-2018 JSC Cohort where she is excited to be a part of the growth of Jewish communities abroad.

Oz Fishman

Placement: Israel – Cross cutting

Oz is working at JDC Israel CEO's office, part of a small team dedicated to introduce innovation, new ideas and new modes of operation to the organization. Oz graduated from George Washington University in 2016, with a B.A. in Economics and Arabic. After serving as the International Teen President of BBYO, he spent much of his time in college building movements around important causes ranging from disaster relief to cancer research. In the spring of his junior year, he studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, conducting research on the relationship between income inequality and international trade in Israel, and for his senior thesis studied the relationship between public transportation and socioeconomic mobility. He spent part of 2016 and most of 2017 living in Buenos Aires, Argentina working for JDC Latin America on a number non-sectarian community development and social reintegration projects, as well as part of the Joint’s partnership with BBYO in strengthening teen leadership movements and network across the Latin American continent through strategic planning and program design. Descended from Moroccan rabbis and Ashkenazi socialists (and some odd combinations of the two), Oz has come to understand Jewish identity as fundamentally global, and believes that strong communities will save the world. Someday, hopes to chase that dream all the way to architecture school, where he can learn to build communities in physical spaces that challenge people to act upon their obligation to care for one another and the world around them.

Jenny Friedland

Placement: Krakow, Poland

As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Krakow Poland, Jenny assists the Jewish Community Center staff in the development of new and innovative programs, as well as in the development of their social media platforms and online presence. She engages with visitors from all over the world teaching about emerging Jewish life in Poland through interactive tours of the JCC and the community.

Jenny Friedland was raised in Newton, Massachusetts. Growing up, she attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and participated in a number of Jewish youth programs, including Young Judaea summer camps. Jenny graduated from Yale University in 2017 with a B.A. in Philosophy, focusing on ethics and experimental philosophy. While at Yale, Jenny worked with the Yale College Dean’s Office to prevent and address sexual misconduct and served on the board of Yale’s Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice. Most recently, Jenny has worked as an associate investigative producer at a television news station in Boston. In her free time, Jenny loves listening to podcasts, learning to cook, and napping outdoors whenever New England weather allows.

Hannah Greenwald

Placement: Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village - JDC Pears Fellow

Hannah is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills. Originally from Armonk, NY, Hannah earned a B.A. in Psychology and Health, Behavior, and Society from the University of Rochester in May 2017, where she minored in Legal Studies and earned a cluster in Brain and Cognitive Science. During college, Hannah developed a love for global health while conducting a three-week anthropological study on gender roles in Malawi, Africa. She also studied public health infrastructure, human trafficking, and genocide at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. During her time in Rochester, Hannah served as Vice President of Community Service for her sorority, Program Chair of her graduating class, president of her pro-Israel club, and president of UR Survivor Empowerment Group. Outside of campus, she volunteered and interned for several youth-focused organizations dealing with childhood trauma including the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Rochester Academy of Medicine, Monroe County Family and Criminal Court, and the Mt. Hope Family Center. Hannah also spends summers as a staff member at Camp Tel Yehudah as a counselor to high school age teens, a lifeguard, and, most recently, a unit head for the oldest age group. Prior to attending college, Hannah served on Young Judaea’s National Teen Board as the high school age programmer for events and conventions and also attended the Young Judaea Year Course gap year program in Israel. As a JSC Global Entwine Fellow, Hannah will be serving at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda as a Public Health Fellow and she is extremely excited about this opportunity.

Aryeh Kalender

Placement: Riga, Latvia – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Aryeh is working for a second year as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow at the Jewish Community Center in Riga, Latvia, where he is creating and facilitating innovative informal Jewish educational programming, training youth leaders, and developing curriculum for the local Jewish kindergarten.

Aryeh graduated in 2016, from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Jewish studies and a minor in Global Poverty. Aryeh has been deeply involved in the Jewish community for his entire life. He is an active participant in a number of kehilot, a day school graduate and has spent 10 summers at Camp Ramah in New England, where he currently runs the leadership program. He sits on the community board for the Maryland Hillel and well as co-founded Ometz – Maryland’s egalitarian prayer community.

Aryeh served as an Alternative Break Fellow, spending time in Kiryat Gat, Israel, with an Ethiopian family, then later planning and leading his own alternative break trip to rural Jamaica, with a focus upon systems of poverty and volunteering in education. Additionally, Aryeh creates positive Israel education programs for Maryland’s J Street U chapter, and as part of the Jewish Leadership Council, sits on a community think tank, helping professionals and community leaders to devise effective student programs. Aryeh was a University of Maryland tour guide for prospective students and has worked as a supplementary school education creating and teaching sophisticated Israel sessions for high school students. Aryeh is thrilled and honored to be part of the Jewish social justice world.

Sage Knapp

Placement: Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village - JDC Pears Fellow

Sage is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Originally from the Greater Phoenix Area, Sage graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. Sage spent her junior year abroad in Sharjah, The United Arab Emirates studying the Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Affairs. Sage also participated in an intensive summer program in Meknes, Morocco learning the Moroccan Arabic dialect. Additionally, Sage completed an internship in Bangkok, Thailand working with a local nonprofit to research the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in sex workers and the government's response to the crisis through a feminist lens. These experiences made Sage passionate about issues pertaining to restorative and transitional justice which she hopes to pursue academically upon completing her fellowship at ASYV. Sage is an alumni of Camp Alonim in Brandeis, CA and BBYO. Living in Northern Arizona for nearly four years has turned Sage into a lover of the outdoors. She is likely to be spotted creekside in Sedona during the summer and on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks in the winter.

Rachel Kraus

Placement: Israel Unlimited - Roslyn Z. Wolf Fellow

As a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow, Rachel is working at Israel-Unlimited, JDC-Israel’s Center for Disabilities, developing programs to meet the needs of Israel’s disabled and to advance independent living and integration of people with disabilities into Israeli society.

Rachel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside her two parents, sister and brother. She attended Jewish Day School through 8th grade, attended public high school and then decided to deviate from the beaten path in the form of a gap year in Israel with Young Judea Yearcourse. She then began her college career at Brandeis University, where she majored in Psychology and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Anthropology. While at Brandeis, Rachel held many leadership positions in her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon, worked as a Teacher's Assistant at a daycare and as a Kindergarten Hebrew/Judaic Teacher at Temple Beth Elohim's Sunday school, and dabbled in Brandeis's dance clubs and local volunteering options. Notably, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark her junior year, living in a dorm alongside Danish students and traveling around Europe on weekends between weeks of classes. Graduating from Brandeis was bittersweet, as Rachel really made a home for herself there, but she is excited to begin the next adventure with JDC in her second home, Israel!

Samantha Levinson

Placement: Budapest, Hungary

Samantha (Sam) is working for a second year with JUNCTION, a project of JDC, YESOD, and the Schusterman Foundation, which empowered young Jews throughout Europe to create Jewish life in their own image. Sam is from the Washington DC area and recently graduated Indiana University, Bloomington with a BA in Political Science. Before college, Sam deferred a year to serve as the International President of BBYO. Sam is passionate about progressive politics and deferred a semester of college to run a gubernatorial campaign office and intern for a Congresswoman's Washington DC office. While in college Sam interned for a Senate race and worked as the Get Out The Vote Director for Monroe County Democratic Party. During the summers Sam interned for several campaigns, a PAC, and a political consulting firm. Sam studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand her second semester junior year.

Ruthie Matanky

Placement: Istanbul, Turkey – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Ruthie is serving as one of the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Istanbul, Turkey, working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs and long term strategies for young adult engagement. Both Ruthie and Tuli will spend some time working at the local Jewish School in Istanbul, utilizing their skills in informal and formal education.

Ruthie has always had a passion for art and education so it's no wonder that throughout her educational and professional life she has made time for both. After completing her BA in Fine Arts, Ruthie went on to pursue an MA in Jewish Education and to teach Jewish Studies to high school students in Los Angeles. In her role as a teacher she developed new curricula for her classes and took lead on developing the Holocaust education program at the school. After six years of teaching, Ruthie decided to take a break and pursue her artwork full time. Since her start in August 2016, Ruthie has completed dozens of commissioned pieces for clients around the world, including Canada, Israel, Australia, and throughout the United States. In her free time Ruthie enjoys practicing yoga, cooking for friends, and traveling the globe with her husband, Tuli.

Yaella Rashba

Placement: Copenhagen, Denmark – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Yaella is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is developing and implementing innovative programming for teens and young adults, training youth leaders, and engaging in community-wide Jewish events

Yaella is currently doing national service in Jerusalem Israel, in an inclusion program for kids and teens with and without special needs. In her role, as an assistant manager, she is responsible for all logistics associated with the programs and camps. Yaella has been in this role for two years. Yaella was involved in the Israeli scouts from fourth grade through high school. She is artistic and loves to cook.

Mollie Sharfman

Placement: Sofia, Bulgaria – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Mollie is serving at the JDC-BBYO fellow in Sophia, Bulgaria. She will be instrumental in coordinating and planning the educational process and training for the JCC staff in Sophia, while supporting and supervising the local staff and Madrichim in building up the educational Jewish content of the various Jewish programs. Mollie will also prepare and deliver lectures and educational programs for the community at large, through which she will help create dynamic Jewish content for teens and children throughout Bulgaria.

Mollie is a dynamic Jewish educator with experience leading, generating, and executing educational programs for all types of Jews across the globe, including Winnipeg, New York, Sarajevo, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Her mission as a global Jewish educator is to advocate for and create sustainable and vibrant Jewish community in places that may be overlooked. Mollie currently works at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where she serves as the content manager for lectures and programs. Mollie also currently serves as the Director of Jewish Affairs for the annual Muslim-Jewish Conference that brings together young Jewish and Muslim activists, future clergy, journalists, public service workers together from across the globe for a week of connection and dialogue. Previously, as the Director of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation Camp Am Echad in the Austrian Alps, she empowered her participants, who hailed from all over Germany and Austria, to take ownership over their hidden Jewish identity. Early in her career, she created high-level textual curricula for two major NCSY (National Council for Synagogue Youth) summer programs, which remain in use. Mollie received her Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Jim Joseph Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

Tuli Skaist

Placement: Istanbul, Turkey – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Tuli is serving as one of the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Istanbul, Turkey, working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs and long term strategies for young adult engagement.

Tuli is a Los Angeles based educator and activist who is passionate about building bridges between people. Within the Jewish community, Tuli has used his eclectic Jewish background and Kevah-Teaching-Fellowship training to help people find their place in the study of Jewish text and perpetuate the idea that a more inclusive Judaism is a more meaningful Judaism. Along with his Jewish and Muslim colleagues from the Newground fellowship, Tuli created "Two Faiths, One Prayer", a project that promotes shared spaces of worship. A short documentary about the experience has been viewed by over 250,000 people worldwide. Professionally, Tuli spent the last two years working at JSF Financial, a financial planning and wealth management firm. Prior to that, he taught Talmud at Shalhevet High School. Tuli loves to travel the world with his wife Ruthie, and enjoys a good conversation, book or podcast, preferably outdoors and in the vicinity of live music.

Sydney Switzer

Placement: Mumbai, India

As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Mumbai, India, Sydney is working with the local Jewish community to develop leadership training platforms, plan programming for youth, teens and young adults, and support existing cultural programming.

Sydney recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver with a BFA in Photography and a Minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement. Working extensively with diverse Jewish organizations including Taglit-Birthright Israel, Szarvas Fellowships, Chabad on Campus, Hillel, NCSY, Habonim Dror, Hasbara Fellowships, and USY, amongst others, she has developed strong relationships with Jewish communities both in Israel and across the Diaspora. She spent her gap year in Israel and has returned many times since, both on her own and on educational and volunteer programs including Habonim Dror Workshop, Sar-El Army Volunteering, Machon Alte Seminary, JEWEL, and Hasbara Fellowships. Sydney is a practicing artist, blending photography and textiles with her passions for Jewish enrichment, focusing on contemporary Jewish identity and Holocaust education. Through an internship at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and her work at Szarvas Camp in Hungary she has furthered her research into contemporary Jewish history particularly relating to Eastern European communities. She is looking forward to spending the year working and growing in the Jewish community of Mumbai.

Noah Wolf-Prusan

Placement: Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Noah is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Noah earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon, where he also served as the Director of the Jewish Student Union and the Chairperson of the Programs Finance Committee. After graduating from school, Noah returned to San Francisco and dove headfirst into the world of non-profit development, first working as a fundraising event intern for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and then as a grants support specialist in the regional office of Head Start. Then, ready for a change, Noah headed East. He packed his car ready for adventure and drove to New York City. Noah has just completed an amazing experience as the Development and Alumni Associate for URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY, where he had the opportunity to build relationships and engage with the Kutz community to build towards a vibrant future. Noah is an amateur baker and gardener, he likes to create combinations of home-grown spices to fill tasty challah lo aves. Noah has worked as a Sea Kayak guide in the San Francisco Bay, and now he loves to float up and down the East River in New York City where he has been living for the last couple years.

Rebecca Waller

Placement: Copenhagen, Denmark– JDC-BBYO Fellow

Rebecca (Becca) is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is developing and implementing innovative programming for teens and young adults, training youth leaders, and engaging in community-wide Jewish events.

Becca hails from Louisville, Kentucky where she has spent her entire life eating Kentucky Fried Chicken and overusing “y’all”. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2016 with a B.A. in Speech Communication and Rhetoric, as well as a minor in Psychology. Throughout her childhood she was very active in her small, local Jewish community, participating in both BBYO and NFTY, including serving on both local and regional board. Becca spent her four years at UofL as a rather busy cardinal; being highly involved in Greek Life, the Dance Marathon on campus, and through Hillel. She also kept busy by interning with her local Jewish Family and Career Services, with their marketing and development team. Following graduation, she spent a year living, learning and teaching in Israel; first working at the Center for Jewish-Arab Education, a bilingual school in Jerusalem, through Onward Israel, then in Beer Sheva as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing with friends and family, traveling wherever the next plane will take her, and dressing up her rescued dog, Beau.

Hadas Zaken

Placement: Izmir, Turkey – JDC-BBYO Fellow

Hadas is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Izmir, Turkey, where she is working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Hadas moved with her family to Jerusalem in 1990. Active in Israeli Scouts as a teenager, she spent her gap year before her army service volunteering with Young Judea Year Course in communities at risk in Tel Aviv. Hadas spent her army service as a nature guide at Naot Kedumim and completed her BSW at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2016.While at Hebrew University she participated in a group of students who organized women's groups around Jerusalem, examining the many facets of feminism in Israeli culture. After graduation she worked as a volunteer coordinator for Shin-Shenui, an organization that works with Mechinot in Israel connecting social action issues to Jewish text study. Hadas loves to spin, run and cycle and does Yoga in Ein Kerem, her 'hood' in Jerusalem.