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Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps | MOLDOVA

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.

Volunteer Placement

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.

*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.

Program Dates:
June 9 –June 26, 2016

Application Deadline:
April 18, 2016

Desired Qualifications:
• 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)*
This includes:

• Comprehensive overseas health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Housing
• 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
• Visa

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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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