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Bosnia & Croatia

for Bay Area young adults

June 3-10, 2024

Join JDC Entwine and the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund on a journey to the Balkans! On Inside Jewish Bosnia & Croatia, you’ll immerse yourself in global Jewish culture with a group of other Bay Area young adults. During this trip, explore JDC’s work in Bosnia and Croatia, visit Jewish communities, meet with community leaders, and tour this breathtaking region.

Apply today to embark on this unique journey and gain insight into diverse perspectives from around the world!

Please Note: This experience is being offered exclusively to those residing in the Bay Area. 


  • Gain insight into JDC’s pluralistic strategy and learn the history of the daring rescue missions they conducted for both Jewish and non-Jewish citizens during the Yugoslavian war in the early 1990s.
  • Meet the small but vibrant Jewish communities of Sarajevo and Zagreb, and get an inside look at the programs and young leaders in JDC’s Junction Europe Network.
  • Learn about the JDC-founded WHEP (Women Health Empowerment Program), which serves women’s health needs in Bosnia & Herzegovina and has since become the independent organization, Think Pink.
  • See one of the world’s oldest Sephardic illuminated haggadot — the Sarajevo Haggadah, and visit historic Jewish landmarks throughout Bosnia & Croatia.
  • Enjoy the landscape of the Balkans — from the cobblestoned streets of Zagreb to the pristine coastline of Split. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Sarajevo’s Old Town.
  • Engage in a Giving Circle as rising philanthropists.

“I had an incredible time in Bosnia and Croatia! I was very touched by the Sarajevo community’s warmth and inclusion. I also enjoyed exploring my Jewish identity somewhere else in the world — it made me feel connected to global Jewishness!”

— Past Inside Jewish Bosnia & Croatia trip participant


$900-$1,500 sliding scale (not including airfare)

We’re dedicated to ensuring that all members of our community have equal opportunity and access to our programs. Read more about the sliding scale fee structure within the application.


Local transportation within and between Bosnia & Croatia


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

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

About The Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund

As a center for Jewish philanthropy, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) mobilizes assets to support the most pressing issues of our time, while building and sustaining thriving Jewish communities in the Bay Area, Israel and beyond for generations to come. They inspire personal and collaborative philanthropy, and facilitate grantmaking, impact lending, and advocacy to make the world a better place. With our work guided by Jewish values, the Federation operates as a community foundation, partnering with individuals and families to implement their charitable visions as well as to connect and strengthen the Jewish non-profit sector. In 2022, the Federation granted and loaned more than $245 million, making it the single largest funder of Jewish causes in the state of California. Learn more.

COVID-19 Protocol

The safety and security of our participants is of the utmost importance. JDC Entwine 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. Learn more.

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