inside jewish


for Twin Cities-area young adults

November 11-18, 2024

Join JDC Entwine and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation on Inside Jewish India! In the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, participants will engage with their Indian Jewish peers. Connect with the Ancient Jewish community of Bene Israel. Celebrate Shabbat within an intimate camp setting, indulge in local cuisine, enjoy Bollywood music and dance, and learn more about India’s small but mighty Jewish community!

Please Note: This experience is being offered to young adults residing in the Twin Cities area. 


  • Gain an inside perspective on the unique role that JDC, the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, plays in India.
  • Travel throughout the Mumbai region to gain a first-hand understanding of the community’s history and current challenges through meaningful site visits and briefings with JDC professionals and local community leaders.
  • Engage with Indian-Jewish peers to learn about life in India.
  • Connect with the Bene Israel, a geographically isolated and ancient Jewish community.
  • Experience Shabbat in a beautiful camp setting and engage in a meaningful dialogue with local peers…Indian style!
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture – learn Bollywood dancing, sample biryani rice and samosas, sip on chai, and much more!

“I spoke no Hindi and she spoke no English, yet we communicated perfectly with smiles, contributing to each other’s happiness. It was the purest moment of hospitality I have ever experienced.”

– Inside India Participant


(airfare not included) 


Local transportation within India


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 31, 2024

About JDC in India

India, one world’s fastest growing economy, is a colorful mosaic of coexisting cultures and faiths. India’s Jews—who trace their roots as far as 2,000 years back—are among them, openly practicing in larger communities in Mumbai and Thane, and in much smaller ones in cities including Pune, Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Kerala (Cochin), Delhi, Kolkata and the Konkan Villages. Because of India’s huge population and significant poverty, the country’s limited government-run social services are massively overloaded. The Jewish community lack the welfare infrastructure to meet all the needs of poor, elderly, and vulnerable Jews among them. JDC, operational in India for over four decades, partners with various local organizations to ensure the development of critical care for Jews in need and a viable future for the community. 

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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