inside jewish


in partnership with HUC

June 1 – 8, 2020

Exclusively open to students of Hebrew Union College, Inside Jewish India is an opportunity to connect with and learn from the Bene Israel Indian Jewish community. Participants will have the unique opportunity to take part in the Jewish Youth Pioneer’s spring camp that will be taking place over Shabbat!


  • Gain an inside perspective on the unique role that JDC, the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, plays in India 
  • Travel throughout the Mumbai region to gain a first-hand understanding of the community’s history and current challenges through meaningful site visits and briefings with JDC professionals and local community leaders 
  • Engage with Indian-Jewish peers to learn about life in India 
  • Connect with the Bene Israel, a geographically isolated and ancient Jewish community, as well as with fellow HUC students from the different campuses 
  • Experience Shabbat in a beautiful camp setting and engage in a meaningful dialogue with local peers…Indian style! 
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture – learn Bollywood dancing, sample biryani rice and samosas, sip on chai, and much more! 

“I spoke no Hindi and she spoke no English, yet we communicated perfectly with smiles, contributing to each other’s happiness. It was the purest moment of hospitality I have ever experienced.”

– Inside India Participant


Round-trip airfare from US to Mumbai, India


Hotel accommodations

Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.

Medical and emergency evacuation insurance.

This Insider trip is fully subsidized through the generous support of Jane and Stuart Weitzman.

Trip Dates

June 1 – 8, 2020

(GROUND DATES ONLY, does not include international flight)

This trip is exclusively open to students of Hebrew Union College from all four campuses.

About JDC in India

India, one world’s fastest growing economy, is a colorful mosaic of coexisting cultures and faiths. India’s Jews—who trace their roots as far as 2,000 years back—are among them, openly practicing in larger communities in Mumbai and Thane, and in much smaller ones in cities including Pune, Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Kerala (Cochin), Delhi, Kolkata and the Konkan Villages. Because of India’s huge population and significant poverty, the country’s limited government-run social services are massively overloaded. The Jewish community lack the welfare infrastructure to meet all the needs of poor, elderly, and vulnerable Jews among them. JDC, operational in India for over four decades, partners with various local organizations to ensure the development of critical care for Jews in need and a viable future for the community. 

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