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Frances C. Eizenstat JDC Fellowship in International Jewish Service

September 9-16, 2019

Three decades after the fall of Communism, Russia and Latvia’s political, economic and social landscape has transformed dramatically. This trip gives you an exclusive look into the how those transformations have affected the region’s Jewish communities. Discuss issues ranging from the region’s geopolitical challenges to holocaust reparations with JDC’s experts in the field. Upon returning home, participants will have the opportunity to engage with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, a former US Ambassador to the European Union and longtime JDC supporter.

About the Frances C. Eizenstat JDC Fellowship in International Jewish Service:

Inside Jewish Latvia & Russia is in honor of Frances C. Eizenstat z”l, a great Jewish leader. Ms. Eizenstat’s commitment to improving the lives of those in need around the world was evident in nearly everything she did, including her 12 years as a JDC Board Member. In line with Fran’s interest and support of communities in the process of rebuilding Jewish life, this experience allows young adults to experience, learn, and contribute to the building of Jewish life and welfare needs in post-communist countries.


  • Engage with JDC programs to understand the impact that the Holocaust and post-Communism has had on the region’s Jewish community
  • Explore and learn about the rich culture, art, and Jewish history of St. Petersburg and Riga.
  • Exchange with Russian and Latvian local young professionals and community leaders to gain a unique perspective of current challenges, their efforts to find solutions, and the notion of collective responsibility.
  • Discuss the complex issue of Holocaust reparations as we honor the lives of the 25,000 Jews of the Riga ghetto who were murdered during WWII
  • Visit an elderly home to engage with community members and hear the stories of those who have witnessed dramatic changes in their lifetime

“This trip will change all of us for the better – what we have witnessed has been humbling. I am taking away a renewed vigor for Jewish life and Jewish community both locally and globally.”

– Insider Trip Participant


$1,500 USD*

(This trip has been highly subsidized in order to provide greater access and
opportunity. Average actual cost of an Entwine Insider Trip is estimated at $4,500/person


Local transportation within Latvia and Russia


Hotel accommodations

Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.

Medical and emergency evacuation insurance.

*Please note that your participation fee does not include international airfare to/from Latvia and Russia.

Trip Dates

September 9-16, 2019

(GROUND DATES ONLY, does not include international flight)

Application deadline

May 20, 2019

About JDC in Europe

In the wake of the wars and communist rule that divided Europe over the past century, JDC has worked to rebuild shattered lives and fractured Jewish communities throughout the continent. Today, JDC partners with local communities throughout the region to tackle the current realities of new borders and accelerated change. From Berlin to Bucharest, JDC provides critical assistance to meet the vital needs of Jews at risk, help foster self-sustaining communities, and pave the path for the next generation.

About JDC in Russia

The largest country in the world, Russia has been experiencing dramatic changes. The gap between the rich and poor is continuously growing and there is increased migration from the country’s periphery to its urban centers as people search for new opportunities. More than two decades after the fall of communism, which hindered the development of Jewish life in this vast country for over 70 years, JDC continues to create opportunities for Jews to reconnect to their tradition.

St. Petersburg’s Jews are economically diverse, culturally sophisticated, and highly assimilated. They also have a strong desire to reconnect with their Jewish heritage. JDC is revitalizing Jewish life by reconnecting Russian Jews who were cut off from Jewish tradition through high-quality Jewish family retreats, summer camps, Hillels, and other creative Jewish Community Center programs. Through innovative programs for communal staff and volunteers, JDC is creating the next generation of Jewish leaders to ensure the continuity of Jewish life in Russia.

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