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for Los Angeles-area young adults

September 9-16, 2024

Join JDC Entwine and NuRoots, the young adult initiative of JFedLA, on a journey to Brazil! Immerse yourself in this country’s diverse culture and history in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while connecting with a group of Jewish young adults from Los Angeles. Together, we will engage with Brazil’s rich, distinct and interconnected Jewish communities.

Please Note: This experience is being offered exclusively to those residing in the Los Angeles area. 


  • Visit Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo’s iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer statue, the colorful Selaron Staircase, and fashionable Paulista Avenue.
  • Participate in tailored group discussions that explore diverse narratives and identities within the framework of the global Jewish story.
  • Explore Brazil’s Jewish past as you tour Bom Retiro, the oldest Jewish Quarter in Latin America, and Synagogue Ari, one of the largest synagogues in the country.
  • Engage with local young professionals shaping Brazil’s vibrant and diverse Jewish life from various organizations such as LAZOS, Moishe House, and Hillel.
  • Enjoy the festivities at Festival Carmel, Clube Hebraica Sao Paulo (one of Brazil’s Jewish clubs) biannual celebration of Israeli dance.
  • Understand JDC’s regional work across Latin America by interacting with Brazilian participants of JDC-sponsored leadership conferences.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture – sample traditional dishes such as pao de queijo, learn to dance samba, sip on a caipirinha (Brazil’s national drink), and much more.

“Through Insider Trips, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world with peers who were strangers at first and now are lifelong friends. They inspire me to be my best self.”

– Past Insider Trip Participant


$1,500 (airfare not included)


Local transportation within Brazil


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

September 9-16, 2024

Application Deadline:

May 28, 2024

About JDC in Brazil

Jews have been present in Brazil since the Portuguese arrived in the year 1500. Commonly known as conversos (converts), many of them were forced to convert to Christianity to avoid the wrath of the Inquisition. Jewish immigrants from the Netherlands established a synagogue in Recife, Brazil in 1637 – the oldest in America. Since the 16th century, waves of Jewish immigrants arrived to Brazil, including from Morocco and Russia and Poland escaping pogroms, in the mid-1800s. The largest group of immigrants came as war refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s. To respond to the large influx of Jewish refugees, JDC established programs to assist with the medical and welfare needs of this community, and to help build Jewish life. Today there are some 120,000 Jews living in Brazil, the second largest community in Latin America after Argentina. Primarily concentrated in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the Jewish community of Brazil is vibrant and diverse, with established institutions catering to all aspects of Jewish life, culture and religious practice. JDC works across the Latin American region, including in Brazil, in partnership with local communities. JDC has organized regional conferences and trainings to enhance the leadership capacity in local Jewish institutions and encourage more participation by women in leadership roles. In 2018, JDC organized women’s leadership conferences in Santiago, Chile and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

About NuRoots & JFedLA

NuRoots, the young adult initiative of JFedLA, helps young adults in their twenties and thirties find and make meaningful community across Los Angeles—through gatherings of all sizes, citywide festivals, immersive experiences and trips, leadership development and volunteer opportunities, reimagined rituals, and expansive community partnerships. JFedLA convenes and leads L.A.’s vast Jewish community and micro-communities, and leverages our resources to assure that we are vibrant, resilient, inclusive, and interconnected. We’re an organization committed to being there for every Jew at every stage of life.

COVID-19 Protocol

The safety and security of our participants is of the utmost importance. 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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