JDC Entwine Insider Trips FAQ
What are JDC Entwine Insider Trips?
Am I the right fit for an Entwine Insider Trip?
What should I expect from participating on an Entwine Insider Trip?
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?
How can I "Pay it Forward" and help others participate in future Insider Trips?
Is my payment refundable should I have to withdraw after confirming my participation?
Is my payment tax deductible?
Is kosher food available? What accommodations are made for Shabbat?
What does the group flight entail? Can I book my own flights?
Can I extend my stay after the group trip? Can JDC staff assist with post-trip accommodations?
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?
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 Jewish Service Corps @home FAQ
What is the JSC@home Fellowship?
The JSC@home: Entwine Virtual Fellowship offers young Jewish adults 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 and is internationally recognized for providing leadership development through global service with a Jewish values lens. Today, while international travel is limited, the JSC@home Fellowship enables young adults to fulfil the value of global Jewish responsibility from afar through a 6-month cohort-based experience.
Where do JSC@home Fellows serve?
JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. From the comfort of their own home, JSC@home Fellows will serve virtually with offices in locations around the world, including in India, Israel, Hungary and Ukraine, among others.
How many people serve in each JSC@home placement?
The JSC Fellowship is an individual experience, but each fellow is connected to the larger cohort serving in different placements. Multiple fellows are sometimes placed in the same placement office/location, while other locations only have one fellow.
How are JSC@home placements determined?
JDC seeks to specifically match each fellow’s skills and strengths with identified community needs. JSC@home placements are determined through a matchmaking process to ensure the right fit for the individual and the community/office.
What does the JSC @home year look like?
- The JSC@home year begins with a virtual Orientation. Orientation will take place on Zoom over the course of three days from January 18-20 and placements begin on January 25.
- The JSC@home Fellowship ends with a virtual Closing Seminar from July 19-20, 2021 and placements will end on July 23, 2021.
- Each month, fellows will participate in ongoing learning webinars and peer-to-peer learning with other fellows in the cohort.
- While JSC@home Fellows serve with offices around the world, the program is managed by JDC Entwine; JSC@home Fellows receive supervision and ongoing support throughout the year from JDC Entwine staff, as well as JDC field supervisors who oversee their day-to-day work.
What is included as part of the JSC@home program?
JDC Entwine provides stipends of $500/month for the duration of the program. Each fellow will receive a welcome package in the mail at the beginning of the program. Fellows will also receive ongoing learning webinars throughout the year in addition to participating in the Orientation and Closing Seminar.
I just submitted my JSC@home application online. What are the next steps?
Thank you for submitting your application! Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis and you will hear back on the status of your application no later than December 14, 2020. JSC@home applicants with the skills required for open positions will be invited to interview with JDC Entwine staff. Finalists will interview with the field staff overseeing the position under consideration. Interviews on Zoom will be scheduled in the last two weeks of December 2020.
When will I hear if I have been accepted to the JSC@home Fellowship?
All JSC@home applicants will be notified of their status on an ongoing basis following interviews, no later than the first week of January 2021. We will be in touch with you throughout this process.
Can I apply for the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship after doing JSC@home?
Absolutely! After establishing connections with the community, JSC@home Fellows will be well suited to transition to overseas in-person placements for the 2021-2022 cohort year. Additional application steps may be required; acceptances for the 2021-2022 JSC cohort will be determined in May 2021.
I still have more questions. Can I speak with someone?
Of course! Contact us for more information.
JDC Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellowship FAQ
What is the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship?
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 through a Jewish values lens.
Who is an ideal candidate for the JSC Fellowship?
JSC Fellows are emerging and rising young leaders in their 20s 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), such as Russian, and Jewish education is a plus, but not a requirement.
Qualifications for the JSC Fellowship include:
What does the JSC application and selection process entail?
The JSC selection process is a rigorous and designed to identify the top candidates depending on the number of placements available. 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.
After reviewing applications, a select number of applicants will be invited for initial online interviews in mid-March 2021. Applicants will be notified of their initial status by March 5, 2021.
Following the preliminary round of interviews, a select number of applicants will be invited to participate in online group interviews, which will occur in early April. Applicants will be notified of their status for a group interview by March 26, 2021.
The final interview stage is a matching process with potential placements in JDC global locations.
All applicants will be notified of their final status at the end of May 2021.
What does the Fellowship include?
The JSC Fellowship is a paid opportunity; Fellows receive a monthly stipend to offset the cost of living in their placement location. Medical and emergency evacuation insurance is provided, as well as any international travel to and from the field and other items related to visas and vaccination requirements depending on the placement country.
What does the JSC year look like?
1. The JSC Fellowship begins with an Orientation for selected JSC Fellows at JDC’s Headquarters in New York. Orientation typically takes place over the course of four days at the beginning of fall.
2. Most JSC placements begin shortly after orientation.
3. JSC Fellows gather in Israel for a Mid-Year Leadership and Training Seminar.
5. The JSC Fellowship year ends with a Closing Seminar in July and placements end shortly after.
6. While JSC Fellows are placed around the world, the JSC Fellowship 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.
Where do JSC Fellows serve?
JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. In recent years, Fellows have served in locations like Hungary, India, Israel, Poland, Rwanda, and Ukraine.
Past JSC placements include:
- Facilitating leadership training and program implementation for teen and young adult programs in Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
- Providing strategic support in a variety of JDC offices in Europe and Asia.
- Working with Israel’s most vulnerable populations including unemployed, youth-at-risk, elderly, and the disabled.
- Running programs to enable orphaned youth to realize their maximum potential at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Developing Jewish enrichment programs for children and families across the globe.
- Assisting JDC offices with the development of social media content and communications materials.
How is the JSC Fellowship and selection process impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety and security of JSC Fellows is our priority. While we hope to begin placements in October 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continually reassess the travel and health situation around the world throughout the application process to determine the exact start date of the program.
Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership FAQ
What is the Ralph I. Goldman (RIG) Fellowship?
The Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship (RIG) in Global Jewish Leadership is JDC’s premier leadership development program, awarded to one rising young leader each year. Named after the legendary Ralph Goldman, this 12-month fellowship honors his legacy by developing future professional and lay leaders for the Jewish community who live out Ralph’s values and deeply understand and engage with global Jewish issues. Through their unique exposure to JDC’s work, the RIG Fellow develops personal leadership capacity, learns how to navigate a complex cross-cultural landscape, and gains tools to advocate on behalf of the global Jewish community
Where do RIG fellows serve?
JDC works in over 70 countries around the world. RIG placements are based on an individual fellow’s strengths, background and preferences. Previously, RIG Fellows have served in locations including Georgia, Ethiopia, India, Israel, Hungary, Nepal and Ukraine. Typically, RIG Fellows will serve in two or three different country assignments during the fellowship year.
Due to the challenges introduced by the COVID-19 crisis, the physically immersive elements of the program are subject to JDC guidance and approval. Part or all of the Fellowship year may be conducted virtually.
Who are we looking for?
We seek passionate and rising young leaders, who have demonstrated interest or experience as Jewish communal professionals or lay leaders, and who care deeply about global Jewry, and are committed to making the world a better place.
When does the RIG Fellowship begin?
The 2021 RIG Fellowship begins in January 2021 with an orientation and 2-3 placements with JDC Departments. International placements will be contingent on JDC approval based on global health conditions. The Fellowship will conclude in December 2021.
Are there required qualifications?
Candidates should be rising young leaders with demonstrated interest and or experience as a Jewish communal professional or lay leader, have professional achievement in their chosen career, exceptional leadership and communication skills, strong interest in international Jewish affairs and public service. The following are not required but a plus: masters or higher education degree, knowledge of foreign language(s), formal and/or informal Jewish education.
What is included in the fellowship?
The Fellowship is a paid, professional opportunity. RIG Fellows receive comprehensive health insurance and a generous monthly stipend to cover their living expenses, such as rent and day-to-day needs. Should travel be permitted, travel expenses, including airfare to orientation and international placements, visas fees etc. are covered by the organization.
What does the application consist of?
The RIG application includes a short personal essay, two letters of recommendation, and a 90-second video.
What is the selection process and timeline?
Applications will be accepted from July 8 through August 26 and will be reviewed by a selection committee. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by September 4, 2020. Exceptional candidates will be invited for a virtual interview with staff.
The final phase of the selection process includes an interview with the Ralph I. Goldman Board Committee for the semi-finalists and an interview with Senior JDC Staff and Board Members for the finalist interview. The 2021 RIG fellow will be announced by the end of October 2020.
Is there an age limit?
There is no set age for the fellowship. We look for candidates that have an advanced degree or those with equivalent experience, maturity, and commitment.
Do I have to be a US citizen in order to apply?
No. We accept applicants of all nationalities and urge everyone to apply. We have former RIG fellows from Israel, Argentina and the Former Soviet Union.
I have a spouse and family, can I still apply?
The Fellowship is open to applicants with spouses and children; however, JDC only covers costs associated with the individual RIG fellow accepted to the program. A RIG fellow may choose to relocate with his/her spouse or family, likely two – three times throughout the year, and the RIG fellow is responsible for any costs (such as flights, etc.) for family members should they choose to join the Fellow in field placement locations. In the past, RIG fellows have chosen both to travel to their placements with and without their families.
In what language should I fill out my application?
Your application should be filled out in English.
What if one of my recommendation letters is not in English?
All recommendations must be submitted in English. If your recommender does not speak English, it will be your responsibility to have it officially translated and submitted in English.
When is the application due?
All components of the RIG application are due by August 26, 2020.
I still have more questions. Can I speak with someone?
We would be happy to schedule a time to speak with you further! Please contact us to coordinate. We look forward to speaking soon!