Inside Jewish Argentina & Uruguay for Russian-Speaking Jewish College Students

May 27, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Applications have closed. Contact us at jdcentwine@jdc.org for more information.

This is a uniquely crafted global Jewish service program tailored specifically for undergraduate students from an Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) background. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other passionate RSJ students from campuses across North America and engage personally with issues facing Jewish communities abroad.
 
Through a combination of educational tours, conversations with local leadership, and immersion into Latin American culture, participants will learn about Argentina and Uruguay’s rich Jewish histories first-hand. They will also explore their own Jewish identify, form meaningful friendships with RSJ peers from throughout North America and discover the breadth of JDC’s work.
 
Itinerary Highlights:
  • Experience Buenos Aires’ famous sites – Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery – and trendy neighborhoods such as Palermo, La Boca, and San Telmo – and the beachy vibes of Montevideo, a small but vibrant community
  • Learn about JDC’s critical interventions during the 2001 economic crisis in the areas of medical and welfare assistance, jobs training, elder care, and beyond
  • Modern dance & tango with elderly community members at AMIA, the main Jewish communal organization of Argentina
  • Understand the impact of the 2001 crisis through a briefing with economics experts
  • Engage with young Jewish adults through visits to Moishe House Buenos Aires & Montevideo and interactive programming with BBYO teen participants
Subsidized Participation Fee: $800  (Actual trip value: $3,200)
 
The trip cost includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare from a New York City area airport
  • Local transportation within and between Argentina & Uruguay
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double rooms; participants may elect to stay in a single room for an additional fee)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
To learn more click here for a FAQ. 
 
About JDC in Argentina & Uruguay: Argentina is home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population, 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 hardest-hit by the crisis. More than 10 years later, with the local Jewish institutions’ overall health largely restored, JDC has resumed its historic role in Argentina as a community-development expert.
 

This trip is made possible with the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

 

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