Plan and facilitate a summer day camp for the local Turkish Jewish community on the Prince Island of Buyakada.
Turkey is traditionally is a secular, western-leaning country bridging Europe and Asia, however in recent years has recently raised it's profile in the Arab world. It's stronger than expected growth and sharp recovery from the effects of the global recession have helped make it the region's top economic performer, reinforcing its ascent. The Turkish Jewish community, a minority in the country for centuries, continues to enjoy long-established good relations with the government. It has a deeply ingrained tradition of self-sufficiency, and a highly developed system of communal institutions. The prosperity traditionally enjoyed by the community has declined in recent years, and rising costs—especially for security measures—have further taxed its resources. With many Jewish-owned businesses hurt by global competition, the community continues to face financial challenges despite the country's economic rebound. JDC works in several community capacities. The JDC focuses on helping the community provide the best welfare services for the elderly and most vulnerable, and provide a network to engage the community with others across Europe. The JDC also trains its professional and volunteer leadership in all areas of Jewish community service work, from JCC programming to operating Jewish old age homes. Additionally, the JDC focusing on Jewish content and Jewish identity building for the Jewish school, the Jewish youth clubs and support programming for Jewish young adults.
Together with Turkish Jewish madrichim (counselors), Fellows plan an intimate Jeiwsh day camp for Turkish Jewish children ages 7-12 on the Prince Island of Buyukada and engage with the local Jewish community. Fellows are responsible for developing the summer camp and carrying out day-to-day camp activities including art, sports, music and informal Jewish education.
Week 1: Camp Planning
Weeks 2-4: Camp!
• Experience collaborating and working in a team
• Highly flexible, good communication skills and ability to adapt
• Passion for connecting with the global Jewish community
• Experience working as madrich (counselor) at Jewish summer camp
• Experience in formal and/or informal Jewish education
• Experience working with children
Participation Fee: $1,000 (Global Leadership Grants available)*
• Comprehensive health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Breakfast and Lunch during camp planning and camp days
This does not include:
• Dinners during the week and meals on weekends
• Local transportation
• Personal expenses
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