Connect with the local Jewish community of Moldova while facilitating a family camp and integration camp for children with special needs and youth at-risk.
With over 20,500 people calling it home, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. The recent global financial downturn exacerbated its reliance on international loans and highlighted its dependence on remittances from abroad. While the economy has made a modest recovery, it remains vulnerable to political uncertainty, higher fuel prices, and poor weather impacting agricultural production.
JDC has been working in Moldova for over 20 years, supporting the Jewish community in Kishinev, and its smaller offshoots in Beltsy, Tiraspol, and Rybnitsa. Close to 25% of Moldova's Jews are elderly, while more than half of the Jewish population has been suffering significant economic hardship. Today, JDC provides lifesaving services including food aid, home care, medicine, winter relief and day center activities to poor and elderly members of Moldova's Jewish community. In addition to these direct services, JDC works to revitalize Jewish life through activities and educational opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Each summer, the Moldovan Jewish community gathers for two week-long summer camps. These camps kick off with a family camp, followed by an integration camp including children with special needs and at-risk youth. Fellows will work alongside a team of local madrichim (counselors) in order to carry out successful camp programs. Both camp are made possible with the support of the JDC and are a key programs in local community development.
• Fluent Russian is a must
• Interest/ background with informal Jewish education
• Possesses the knowledge and ability to teach workshops relating to dancing, arts, theatre, music, martial arts, etc.
• Dynamic, Charismatic, outgoing, highly flexible with the capacity for independent work
• Creative thinker with a passion for engaging with the global Jewish community
• Enjoys working in a team setting
Participation Fee: $1,500 (Global Leadership Grants available)*
• Comprehensive overseas health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Meals while at camp
• Program activities
• Airport pickup and drop-off
This does not include:
• Airfare to and from Moldova
• Meals when not at camp
• Leisure activities
The applications for the Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps - Summer 2016 session is now open!
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