JDC Entwine Insider Trips FAQ
What are JDC Entwine Insider Trips?
Insider Trips for Young Professionals are open to post-college age individuals. Participants generally range in age from early 20s through late 30s.
Insider Trips for College Students are trips in which Entwine partners with university Hillels and other campus organizations for winter, spring and summer break trips. Please contact your Hillel if you are interested in partnering on a college trip.
Am I the right fit for an Entwine Insider Trip?
What should I expect from participating on an Entwine Insider Trip?
Throughout Insider Trips, there will be moments for the full group to take part in facilitated conversations around global Jewish responsibility. These conversations tend to be among the highlights of our trips!
What is involved in the application process & what information should I have handy?
When will I find out if I am accepted & how long do I have to confirm my participation?
What is included in the participation fee?
I cannot afford the full cost of the trip. What kinds of subsidies are available? Can I fundraise from other sources to help cover the cost of my participation fee?
If additional financial help is needed in order to participate, we provide assistance, whenever possible, by connecting participants with funding opportunities in their local communities. While we cannot guarantee that funds will be available from other funding sources, we are happy to help facilitate these connections.
Please reference the JDC Entwine Participant Fundraising Guide for useful information on raising additional funds for your trip, including recommendations on local organizations to reach out to and tips on creating a crowd-sourcing page.
How can I "Pay it Forward" and help others participate in future Insider Trips?
We want to offer you the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ should you be in the position to do so. Your 100% tax-deductible donation would enable us to continue to provide programs that are subsidized and accessible – ‘paying it forward’ to other participants down the road.
Is my payment refundable should I have to withdraw after confirming my participation?
Cancellation after the submission of final payment may result in a loss of the entire payment. No refunds will be made within seven days of departure.
Is my payment tax deductible?
Is kosher food available? What accommodations are made for Shabbat?
JDC Entwine Insider Trips are pluralistic and designed for all levels of Jewish observance; travel is not required on Shabbat. When possible, Shabbat is spent with the local Jewish community and local traditions/practices are observed. A variety of options are given throughout the day on Shabbat (for example, attending synagogue, free time, walking tour, etc.).
What does the group flight entail? Can I book my own flights?
If there is no group flight, all participants will be responsible for book their own travel to and from the trip location. Parameters will be given in your acceptance letter regarding arrival and departure times.
Can I extend my stay after the group trip? Can JDC staff assist with post-trip accommodations?
Participants extending their stay will be required to submit a $50 change fee to JDC, a $50 change fee to our travel provider, plus any difference in airfare.
JDC Entwine staff are not available to assist with any post-trip travel plans, recommendations, or accommodations. We are happy to connect you with our preferred travel agent who may be able to assist with your requests. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own insurance after the program dates.
What accommodations are made for the security and safety of participants?
Can I see a list of participants before confirming my participation? Can I be connected with past program participants to discuss the trip?
To protect the privacy of JDC Entwine’s alumni, we also do not connect past trip participants with applicants. We would be happy to connect you with a member of the Entwine Engagement team to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the trip. The Engagement team has personal experience participating and leading Insider Trips and will be able to provide additional trip details.
Once the group is confirmed, JDC Entwine will send a formal Welcome Email to all participants. This email will have links to briefing materials, participant bios, and the Facebook group.
How do I know which vaccinations I will need?
What is a Trip Chair?
Does participation in one trip preclude my participation in future trips?
JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps FAQ
What is the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps?
The JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship (JSC) 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.
Where do JSC Fellows serve?
JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. JSC Fellows have been placed in many of these countries and may serve may regions such as in Israel, India, Rwanda, Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union and more.
How many people serve in each JSC placement?
The JSC Fellowship is an individual experience, but each Fellow is connected to the larger cohort serving around the world throughout the year. Multiple Fellows are sometimes based in the same location, while other locations only have one Fellow.
How are JSC placements determined?
JDC seeks to specifically match each Fellow’s skills and strengths with identified community needs. JSC placements are determined through a matchmaking process to ensure the right fit for the individual and the community.
Individuals are selected with specific placements in mind, and not as a group of Fellows whose placements are determined after acceptance.
What does the JSC year look like?
- The JSC Year begins with an orientation for selected Fellows at JDC’s Headquarters in New York. Orientation typically takes place over the course of three to four days at the beginning of fall.
- Most JSC placements begin shortly after orientation.
- JSC placements with our partner, the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda, begin in December 2020 and end in November 2021.
- JSC Fellows gather in Israel for a Mid-Year Leadership and Training Seminar.
- The Fellowship year ends in Fall 2021 for most placements.
- While JSC Fellows are placed around the world, the program is managed by JDC Entwine. JSC Fellows receive supervision and ongoing support throughout the year from JDC Entwine staff, as well as JDC field supervisors who may be based in the Fellows’ country of service or in another overseas location.
What does JDC cover as part of the JSC program?
JDC covers international travel expenses and provides Fellows with housing, modest monthly expenses, and health insurance.
What does housing look like during the JSC year?
In most locations, JSC Fellows live in an apartment or a house in the community they serve. JSC Fellows may share an apartment or a room with other Fellows in the same placement, depending on the placements. JSC Fellows do not live in “home hospitality” style housing within their communities.
I just submitted my JSC application online. What are the next steps?
Thank you for submitting your application! Applications are reviewed in January. JSC interviews are scheduled throughout February and March.
When will I hear if I have been accepted to the JSC?
All JSC applicants will be notified of their status by June. We will be in touch with you throughout this process.
What does the interview process entail? When do interviews take place?
Throughout February and March, online interviews will be scheduled for a number of JSC applicants. Email invitations for these interviews will be sent out starting late January through February, and the online interviews will last about 20 minutes. Interviews are conducted by two JDC Entwine staff or alumni.
Following the preliminary round of interviews, a select number of applicants will be invited to participate in a Group Interview Day, which they will be informed of by February. Interview days will will take place in New York City. Alternative plans will be made for candidates based outside of North America. JDC will cover costs associated with attending the JSC Group Interview Day.
I applied, and have a spouse and family. Can they join me if I’m accepted?
The JSC Fellowship is open to applicants with spouses/partners and children; however, JDC only covers costs associated with the individual Fellow accepted to the program. The Fellow is responsible for any costs (such as flights, etc.) for family members should they choose to join the JSC Fellow in their field placement location. In the past, Fellows have chosen both to travel with/without spouse and/or family to placements. If you and your spouse/partner both applied, you would both have to be accepted as JSC Fellows in the same placement for JDC to cover you both.
I still have more questions. Can I speak with someone?
Of course! Contact us for more information.
Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership FAQ
What is the Ralph I. Goldman (RIG) Fellowship?
Where do RIG fellows serve?
Who are we looking for?
When does the RIG Fellowship begin?
The 2020 RIG Fellowship begins in January 2020 with an orientation period at JDC’s headquarters in New York and continues with 2-3 overseas assignments, concluding in December 2020.
Are there required qualifications?
What is included in the fellowship?
What does the application consist of?
What is the selection process and timeline?
Applications will be accepted from June 6 through July 16, 2019 and will be reviewed by a selection committee. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by July 24. Exceptional candidates will be invited for a virtual interview with staff.
The final phase of the selection process includes an in-person interview in New York City for our semi-finalists. This in-person interview will take place during September 15-17 (exact date to be confirmed). The 2020 RIG fellow will be announced by the end of September 2019.
Is there an age limit?
Do I have to be a US citizen in order to apply?
I have a spouse and family, can I still apply?
In what language should I fill out my application?
What if one of my recommendation letters is not in English?
When is the application due?
All components of the RIG application are due by June 16, 2019.