THE JSC Summer Fellowship


The JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Summer Fellowship (JSC Summer Fellowship) is an immersive 1-2 month global volunteer program for young adults looking to connect to the global Jewish world.

On behalf of JDC – the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization – JSC Summer Fellows work together in small cohorts on projects designed to meet local community needs while gaining first-hand insight on the historical and socio-economic context surrounding their volunteer work. When not working, volunteers explore local sights, sounds, and flavors, and connect with fellow cohort members to discuss themes of Jewish identity and build leadership skills. Past placements have included India, Ukraine, and Israel.

Is the JSC Summer Fellowship for you?

Are you:

  • A young adult 18+?
  • Curious about global Jewish communities?
  • Looking to make an impact while growing personally and professionally?
  • Excited to learn and grow together with a cohort of volunteers?
  • Ready to take on the adventure of living and volunteering overseas?

Application Deadline:
April 30, 2018

Cost to Participate

We are excited to offer the JSC Summer Fellowship as a subsidized leadership opportunity for participants from North America. We also have subsidies available for participants from outside of North America and the UK through the Marion Lemesh Fellowship (learn more below).

Participation Fees for each session are listed per placement and vary from $500-$1000 depending on program duration. Unless otherwise noted on the individual country page, Participation Fees include housing, formal group activities, travel health and emergency evacuation insurance, some meals, and on-the-ground staff support. Participation Fees do not include international airfare, most meals, visa, local transportation, and other personal expenses.

Still have questions? Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or contact us.

The Marion Lemesh Fellowship (for JSC Summer Fellowship applicants outside of North America & the UK)

The Marion Lemesh Fellowship is a unique, first-of-its-kind Fellowship designed to encourage and develop an interest in global affairs, local Jewish communities, and a passion for helping others. The fellowship prioritizes enhancing connections and links between Jewish communities around the world and focusing on supporting young, Jewish adults from countries outside of North America and the UK.

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Candidates must:

    • Express a strong desire to help others
    • Be a dedicated member of their local Jewish community
    • Be proficient in English
    • Be an international applicant (from outside of North America and the UK)
    • Return home with the responsibility to educate their local community

This fellowship provides generous subsidies for highly qualified, passionate, motivated applicants. If you are interested in applying for the Marion Lemesh Fellowship please make sure to indicate on your JSC Summer Fellowship application.

About Marion Lemesh:

Marion Lemesh’s family has a deep connection and appreciation for JDC and its work. Marion’s father and mother, having survived the Shoah as a soldier in the Red Army and as a Partizan respectively, met in a JDC supported Displaced Person’s Camp in Austria in the aftermath of World War II. Her father had the good fortune to work for the JDC in a variety of roles including as driver and mechanic. These life-changing job opportunities helped her parents get back on their feet, and provided the necessary support to start a family. Shortly after Marion was born, the family moved to the United Kingdom to rebuild their lives.

Fiercely independent and devoted to the care of those she loved, she lived a life of the values which she most represented: a commitment to education, both religious and secular, personal responsibility and freedom, travel, and tzedakah.

The Fellowship endowed in memory of Marion Lemesh z”l is designed to strengthen links between communities around the world by providing young adults the experience to travel, learn and explore the world in an impactful and meaningful way.

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