inside jewish

austria & bulgaria

in partnership with Repair the World

June 3-10, 2024

Join JDC Entwine and Repair the World in Austria & Bulgaria! Travel with participants who are passionate about volunteering and global connections. Serve alongside Jewish young adults from JDC-supported Moishe House Vienna, join a meaningful Shabbat experience with community members from Sofia and explore the unique architecture of these beautiful countries!

Please note: Inside Jewish Austria & Bulgaria is open to individuals ages 23-39 who have experience volunteering and are alumni or program participants of a JSA organization.

trip
highlights

FAQ
  • Engage with Vienna’s vibrant Jewish community while learning about its past and how JDC played a role during WWII providing essential support, working through local organizations such as the Committee for the Assistance of European Jewish Refugees in Shanghai, organized in 1938.
  • Meet with participants of JDC-supported Moishe House Vienna and Junction, a program that empowers young Jewish adults and professionals to engage with pan-European Jewish life.
  • Explore Jewish communal life for all ages in Sofia​: from Gan Balagan Preschool to the Day Care Center for Elderly, plus spend a meaningful Shabbat experience with members of the Bulgarian Jewish community.
  • Get to know Bulgaria’s Sephardic Jewish culture and its unique history and architecture, including a visit to Europe’s third largest synagogue (Sofiyska sinagoga).
  • Discover about JDC’s historic role in the region, from responding to the needs of Holocaust survivors to supporting the Jewish renewal efforts for kids, young adults and families.
  • Continue or reignite your Jewish service journey alongside Repair the World alumni and make a difference by creating a lasting impact through meaningful service.

“No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell.”

– Jewish Proverb

PARTICIPATION FEE:

$500 (airfare not included)

INCLUDES:

Local transportation within and between Austria and Bulgaria

Meals

Hotel accommodations

Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.

Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

*Please note that your participation fee does not include international airfare. Travel and cancellation insurance is required.

Trip Dates

June 3-10, 2024

Application Deadline:

February 27, 2024

About JDC

JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or “The Joint”) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe. Learn more at jdc.org.

About Repair the World

Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. In 2009, Repair the World began elevating meaningful service as a defining element of Jewish life by engaging Jewish young adults in service and learning to meet pressing local needs. Today, inspired by their values, Repair activates a national service movement, mobilizing partners and tens of thousands of Jewish young adults and their communities to serve alongside their neighbors.

COVID-19 Protocol

The safety and security of our participants is of the utmost importance. JDC Entwine requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for program participation and will be following rules and regulations set forth by local government officials. Trip participants will agree to abide by all COVID protocols set forth by both governing bodies and JDC Entwine staff and partners. Travel always assumes some risks and participants are aware of the medical risks associated with travel. This trip is subject to COVID protocol updates, changes, and cancellation. For more information, see here.

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