Inside Israel 2017: Eugene J. Ribakoff Fellowship In Leadership & Philanthropy

June 25, 2017 - July 2, 2017


Inside Israel is an exclusive opportunity to understand the intersection of philanthropy and social change through engagement with various segments of Israeli society and exchanges with young Israeli innovators, change makers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Fellows will deepen their understanding of global non-profit leadership through meetings with board members and senior professionals of the largest Jewish humanitarian organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and will gain real-life experience in philanthropic giving through a mini on-trip giving circle*. 

Inside Israel is in memory of Eugene J. Ribakoff, z”l, who served as both the President and the Chairman of JDC’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure, he expertly navigated the organization through a period of rapid growth and change, helping to rescue Jews in more than 70 countries throughout the world. Among Mr. Ribakoff’s many leadership positions, he served as Chairman of JDC’s Israel Committee and JDC’s Trans-Migrant Program. Mr. Ribakoff loved leadership and philanthropy, but what he cared about most was helping people.

*What is a giving circle?

In a giving circle, members pool their charitable contributions and decide together where the pooled funds should go. Giving circles are a powerful tool for building community – for strengthening members’ personal, professional, and philanthropic networks. Through their consensus-based decision-making, they model the importance of philanthropic partnership and collective impact, reinforcing the truism that no funder, no matter how large or influential, can solve social problems on his or her own.

This Fellowship consists of an immersive giving circle component whereby each participant is expected to make a charitable donation of $250 to JDC. During the trip, the cohort will determine where to donate its pooled resources. 

Program & Itinerary Highlights:

  • Do a deep dive into challenges affecting Israel’s diverse communities including Ethiopian-Israeli, Israeli-Arab, Bedouin, Ultra-Orthodox, persons with disabilities, and youth-at-risk
  • Gain an understanding of JDC’s partnership with the Israel government to tackle issues of social integration, education, employment, and refugee/asylum status through site visits to the Riyan Employment Center, the Center for Independent Living (Inka), Taveje Ethiopian Cultural Center, Bialik-Rogozin School, and more
  • Meet with leading experts, government officials, and community leaders including Jean-Marc Liling refugee/asylum issue expert, Avi Weiss, Executive Director of the Taub Center, Aharon Freedman, JDC International Relations Department Specialist on Haredi Issues, Dr. Mohammad Elnabari, Mayor of Hura, and more
  • Experience a Shark Tank-style pitch session with young Israeli innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Enjoy exclusive opportunities to interface and travel with JDC board and senior staff leadership and an invitation to attend a special session at JDC board meetings in New York before the trip
  • Enjoy Israel’s diverse cultures through a Bedouin feast, an artist-lead graffiti tour in Tel Aviv, a bonfire on a kibbutz, and Shabbat home hospitality
  • Gain real-life experience in the philanthropic process: all participants will be required to make a minimum gift of $250* that will be collectively allocated by the cohort to one of the programs visited

Click here to view the full sample itinerary.

Trip Dates: June 25-July 2, 2017

Trip Chair: Jonathan Terry

Participation fee: $1,800, not inclusive of flights, plus tax-deductible gift of $250* for giving circle (price not inclusive of flights; see below)

*Do not let the price of the trip stop you from applying. JDC Entwine has subsidies available. Click here to learn more.

The trip cost includes:

  • Local transportation within Israel
  • 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

Participants will be expected to submit a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 upon notification of selection.

Final payments (which may vary based on individual subsidies) will be due two months before departure.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight Details: Participants will be responsible for booking their own round-trip airfare to and from Tel Aviv. Travel logistics details will be shared upon notification of acceptance.

About JDC in Israel: Israel today boasts one of the world’s most dynamic economies and one of the most diverse populations. Yet, it also has the second largest gap between the rich and poor in the OECD: 1.8 million men, women and children live below the poverty line and 39% of Israelis find it difficult to live on their current income. JDC partners with the Israeli government to create strategies and solutions to combat the country’s biggest internal challenges. By investing in Israel’s most precious resource—its people—JDC helps the country ensure that it can provide for its most vulnerable, foster greater equality of opportunity, leverage its human capital, and strengthen its future as a nation.

Learn more about JDC's work in Israel here.





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