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georgia & azerbaijan

Sisisky Fellows, in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond

November 11-18, 2024

Join JDC Entwine and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond on this faraway journey to Georgia & Azerbaijan to experience all that the Caucasus region has to offer! Soak up a culture full of diverse languages, religious minorities, and ethnic groups while learning about the renewal of Jewish life in post-communist societies through visits to local institutions and conversations with community members.

Please Note: This trip is in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and is being offered exclusively to those residing in the Richmond area.


  • Discover the Jewish communities of Tbilisi, Gori, and Kutaisi in Georgia.
  • Engage with local community members and spend Shabbat with young professional leaders at Hillel Tbilisi.
  • Participate in home visits and deliver needed supplies to elderly community members to learn about JDC’s Hesed welfare model.
  • Spend a day at a JDC-supported community center and help lead activities and discussions for at-risk children, teens and parents served by Georgia’s Jewish Family Service.
  • Experience Georgia’s rich and unique culture and cuisine through khachapuri, wine, traditional dance and exploring Tbilisi’s cobblestone streets.

“I rarely interact with senior citizens in my local community and this trip reminded me how important it is to make connections with every generation. I was able to see the power of Judaism and I now feel a responsibility to help other Jews around the world!”

– Past Insider Trip Participant


$500 (airfare not included)

Flight reimbursements up to $1,000 are available upon request.


Local transportation within and between Georgia & Azerbaijan


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

November 11-18, 2024

Application Deadline:

July 28, 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 of Richmond

The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond is building and sustaining a vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming Jewish community for today and tomorrow. Community-powered, they consider the totality of local and global Jewish needs and how to address them. From generation to generation, they help people connect to Jewish life and values, fueling a dynamic, enduring community that comes together for good.

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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