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Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps | ARGENTINA

Connect with Latin America's largest Jewish population and help support local social welfare organizations such as innovative soup kitchen, needed medicine bank and pre-school for at-risk children.

About JDC in Latin America

Argentina is home to Latin America's largest Jewish population, being the 7th largest Jewish population in the world. A prosperous community for most of its history, which dates back to the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, Argentina's Jews were devastated by the 2001 economic crisis that turned middle-class families into "the new poor" virtually overnight.

JDC responded immediately and efficiently to the Jewish community's sizeable needs, leveraging decades-long partnerships to expand existing relief services to aid those hit hardest by the crisis. Today, fifteen years after the financial crisis, Argentina's Jewish community is nearly self-sufficient, with the local Jewish institutions' overall health largely restored. As a result, JDC is phasing out of its responsibility to provide emergency relief and has resumed its historic role in Argentina as a community-development expert.

Volunteer Placements

Le Dor Va'Dor

Le Dor Va' Dor is an old age home for elderly members of the Argentinian Jewish community. Fellows assist residents with art based occupational therapy and other programs as needed.

Sholem School

The Sholem School is a kindergarten for at-risk youth in Buenos Aires. Fellows assist teachers in the classroom and can work with specific children who need extra attention.


Tzedaka runs a pharmacy that provides much needed medications to Jews and non-Jews in Buenos Aires. Fellows work alongside elderly Jewish community members who volunteer to help organize and operate the pharmacy.


Serving food and spending time in innovative soup kitchen

Being companions to Holocaust survivors in local program

*JDC Global Leadership Grants JDC does not want the cost of the program to prevent your participation. If you are unable to contribute the full participation fee, we encourage you to apply for a JDC Global Leadership Grant (see JDC Global Leadership Grant section of online application). JDC willaward JDC Global Leadership Grants to a select number of participants on an as-need basis. Your decision to apply for a JDC Global Leadership Grant will not impact selection decisions. Beyond applying for a JDC Global Leadership Grant, we also encourage you to fundraise to cover the cost of your participation. We are happy to provide guidance as you reach out to friends and family to seek donations for this worthwhile experience.

Cohort Dates:
June 1 – July 15, 2016
Application Deadline:
April 18, 2016

Desired Qualifications:
• Strong leadership, communication skills, and capacity for independent work
• Background or passion for working with vulnerable populations
• Experience working with young children and or elderly
• Basic Spanish is a must


Participation Fee: $1,700 (Global Leadership Grants available)* This includes:
• Comprehensive health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Housing
• Volunteer placement
• Program activities

This does not include:
• Roundtrip airfare to and from Argentina
• Visa
• Meals
• Any personal expenses

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The applications for the Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps - Summer 2016 session is now open!
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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:

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:

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