the global jewish service corps fellowship

Volunteer Overseas on a Year-Long, Paid Fellowship with the World's Leading Jewish Humanitarian Organization

The JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship (JSC Fellowship) offers young Jews the opportunity to directly engage with JDC’s global mission while actively fulfilling the value of global Jewish responsibility.

Launched in 1987, the JSC Fellowship places recent college graduates and young professionals in year-long service opportunities in global communities served by JDC. Today, the JSC Fellowship is internationally recognized for providing leadership development through global service with a Jewish values lens.



JSC Fellows are emerging and rising young leaders in thei20s and 30s who have demonstrated interest in public service or humanitarian work and global Jewish causes. Successful candidates are independent, mature, and flexible. They have a sense of adventure, balance humility with curiosity and exhibit strong interpersonal skills. They have some work experience and a college degree or equivalent. Knowledge of foreign language(s) and Jewish education is a plus, but not a requirement.


Fellows are matched with communities seeking someone with their talents and skills. Through their field placements, Fellows contribute to community life while developing their leadership capacity and knowledge of global Jewish causes. Ongoing learning, including three leadership retreats and monthly coaching, support the fellow’s growth, developing leaders who have a global mindset and a powerful skillset.


Know someone who would be a good fit for the JSC Fellowship? Nominate them HERE.

sample jsc placements

Placements in Global Jewish Communities & Developing Jewish Life

Desired Qualities for Fellows in these Placements: Experience working with teens, program/event planning, engagement/recruiting, informal Jewish education, networking/relationship building focus on community development & sustainability, active listener, ability to develop strategy.

Placement Spotlight: Tuli Skaist served as a JSC Fellow in Turkey in 2017-18. As a Jewish Educator, he brought his ability to teach, listen and reflect on Jewish history and education to his role. He worked with the Jewish School in Istanbul in order to build curriculum and develop strategy and has greatly contributed to assisting the Jewish community in exploring its collective Jewish identity. Some highlights from his year include developing Jewish events for teens and young adults and attending BBYO’s International Convention with the first-ever Istanbul delegation. Today, Tuli is staying on for a second year as a Senior JSC Fellow to continue the work he began.

Placements in International Development

Desired Qualities for Fellows in these Placements: Compassion, experience with at-risk youth, long-term experience living in developing countries, flexible, open-minded, resilient, comfortable working in challenging physical environments.

Placement Spotlight: Lucy Cohen served as a JSC Fellow in 2017-18 with Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM), an organization that cares for vulnerable children and communities in the slums of Mumbai. Lucy studied product design and gender issues in international development while at the University of Leeds. During her time in Mumbai, Lucy’s role was twofold: she facilitated Jewish learning curricula and coordinated the India Experience, a short-term volunteer program for college students and young professionals to engage with GPM. She also managed and grew Naya, a women’s empowerment paper recycling social enterprise based in Kalwa slum. Following her year in Mumbai, Lucy was hired as the Volunteer & Education Manager at Tzedek, which aims to provide a Jewish response to global poverty.

Placements in Professional Roles within JDC-Israel Departments

Desired Qualities for Fellows in these Placements: Background working and volunteering for social causes, desire to work in a unique organization devoted to social justice, openness to working in an office environment, a strong academic background in one of the following fields: Psychology, Sociology, Public Administration, Information Science, Public Health, Statistics or any related field of study, knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew or Russian is a plus.

Placement Spotlight: Deborah Sachare is currently serving as a JSC Fellow in Jerusalem where she works with Israel-Unlimited, JDC-Israel’s Center for Disabilities, developing programs to meet the needs of Israel’s disabled. As a conflict resolution practitioner, Deborah holds a M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and through her education, research experience, and time abroad, has developed a deep passion for global social justice issues in the Jewish context. At Israel-Unlimited, Deborah works on a team to coordinate a Conflict Management and Mitigation grant from USAID West Bank/Gaza and the U.S. Embassy in Israel. This grant, entitled “A Community of Equals,” seeks to bring together individuals of different backgrounds from areas of conflict in people-to-people reconciliation activities through the prism of disability.


The JSC selection process is a rigorous and designed to identify 12-20 top candidates. A complex matching process encompassing several interviews ensures that each placement is filled by a candidate with the necessary qualities, skills, and talent to have a successful JSC experience.


January 1, 2019: Applications Due (Please note a complete application includes (1) Application Form (2) Personal Statement & Video Form (3) Two submitted recommendation letters).

January 31, 2019:  Applicants notified on application status & receive invitations for Online Interviews.

February 8, 2019: Applicants notified on application status & receive invitations for in-person Group Interviews.

February 25 & 27, 2019: Group Interview Days in New York City (please save these dates).

Late March 2019: Applicants notified on application status & receive invitations for Finalist Interviews with JDC Global Field Staff.

Early May, 2019: Final acceptances offered.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) are now open! The application deadline for the 2019-2020 JSC Fellowship is January 1, 2019. Please fill out the form below and we will send you a link to the application.

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Andrew Williams

Kharkov, Ukraine

Deborah Sachare

Israel-Unlimited - JDC Israel

Deetza Elf

Pears Fellow, Rwanda, Agahozo Shalom Youth Village

Dov Boonin

Mumbai, India

Gabrielle Charnas

Krakow, Poland

Gili Fleekop

Ashalim - JDC Israel

Hannah Busis

Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Hannah Greenwald

Rwanda, 2017-18 Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Jessica Markowitz

Donner Fellow, Budapest, Hungary

Molly Kazan

Wolf Fellow, Riga, Latvia

Noah Wolf-Prusan

Rwanda, 2017-18 Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Rachel Auerbach

Rwanda, 2017-18 Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Ruthie Matanky

Istanbul, Turkey

Sage Knapp

Rwanda, 2017-18 Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Sarene Shaked

Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Stephanie Blitzer

Rwanda, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village

Sydney Switzer

Mumbai, India

Tuli Skaist

Istanbul, Turkey

Valentina Hemera

Yesod Fellow, Tallinn, Estonia