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JDC Entwine’s Virtual Meeting Place for Young Adults

The Thread is JDC Entwine’s virtual meeting place for young adults. It is a deep dive into the global Jewish world right at your fingertips. Use this space as a touchpoint to stay connected to Entwine’s network and communities around the world. The ideas and conversations here are all interconnected. Scroll through the content to learn about global Jewish communities and contribute to our thread. The conversations, events, podcasts and even coffee dates will be ever evolving and reflective of what matters to you, our community. Join us in continuing the thread that connects us all.

At JDC Entwine, we firmly believe in living out the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility; it’s what we’re all about. That’s why, as so many around the world are facing a public health crisis unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, JDC is mobilizing to respond, just as we have for more than a century.

Learn the latest about JDC’s global coronavirus response and how we’re helping people who are more vulnerable now than ever.

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The Line Up

  • The Spot with Nicole Elsztain

    This week on the Spot, travel with us to Buenos Aires, Argentina as we hear from Nicole Elsztain- JDC Youth Leader and Jewish History teacher at Ort High School in Buenos Aires. Nicole shares how the young leadership programs implemented by JDC and other Jewish communities throughout Argentina are encouraging leadership skills, talents, and cohesion among Argentinian and Latin American youth.
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  • From Yonkers to Morocco: A JDC Entwine Happy Hour

    Date: Tuesday, May 26 2020 at 7pm ET
    Join us for a uniquely JDC Happy Hour where we take the Classic Mule to… Morocco! Learn how to mix this cocktail from Mahia expert David Nahmias of Nahmias Et Fils on Tuesday May 26th at 7-7:30pm ET. David will share the origins of Mahia- Morocco’s national spirit, the drinks connection to the Jewish community, and his family’s own connection to JDC Morocco. In addition, we will learn how Nahmias Et Fils is pivoting their business model to fit the needs of their community during this time of crisis.
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  • The Spot with Nicole Elsztain

    Date: Tuesday, May 26 2020
    This week on the Spot, travel with us to Buenos Aires, Argentina as we hear from Nicole Elsztain- JDC Youth Leader and Jewish History teacher at Ort High School in Buenos Aires. Nicole shares how the young leadership programs implemented by JDC and other Jewish communities throughout Argentina are encouraging leadership skills, talents, and cohesion among Argentinian and Latin American youth.
    WATCH HERE

  • Queer Shabbat: Great Big Jewish Food Festival

    Date: Friday May 22, 2020 at 6pm PT
    Attention, Jewish LGBTQ+ community! Interested in joining a globally-themed queer shabbat dinner party?? Join Lauren Ross and Matthew Nouriel (aka The Empress) this Friday as part of the Big Jewish Food Festival! Wear, drink, and eat whatever you want!
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  • DC Shabbat with OneTable: Great Big Jewish Food Festival

    Date: Friday May 22, 2020 at 6pm ET
    Pull up a seat at our international dinner table. Join our globally-conscious community across the DC metro area for an evening of learning and conversation focusing on the ways we are all intertwined and interconnected. Throughout the evening, we will have a chance to connect with others and discuss global stories with local friends.

    We will share a meal (delivered safely to your home) from the chefs at Foodhini, while hearing from Foodhini’s founder, local first-generation food entrepreneur Noobtsaa Philip Vang. Vang will share his personal and professional journey. We will also get to hear from a JDC Entwine alumna about her experience of cultural diaspora. The evening will feature Shabbat ritual led by members of the Entwine and OneTable communities, and will give us the opportunity to connect in small groups with new friends to discuss what we’ve learned about our international city.

    This dinner is open to the OneTable and JDC Entwine communities in the DC area.
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  • The Spot with Avia Sandak

    Date: Tuesday May 19, 2020
    This week on the Spot, we will be joined by Entwine alum and Co-Founder of Yeshiva Mizrahit, Avia Sandak, as she reframes the place of Mizrachi Judaism, history, philosophy, and creativity in Israeli society. Join us on Tuesday, May 19th as Avia shares the motivation behind her work and conducts a Limmud session in an exclusive interview. Learn more about Yeshiva Mizrahit here WATCH HERE

  • Entwine Exclusive: Focus on India

    Date: Wednesday May 20, 2020 at 11AM ET
    With a population of 1.2 billion people, many of whom live in close quarters, COVID-19’s impact in India has been widespread. The stringent lockdown of the country has highlighted the need for local humanitarian response through JDC’s partners and engagement work within the Jewish community. Join Jeremy Wilson, Jewish Service Corps Fellow, for a conversation with Joshua Shapurkar from Jewish India Tours and Thaiza Dias from Gabriel Project Mumbai, for a behind-the-scenes look at Mumbai in the time of COVID-19.
    WATCH HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday May 15, 2020
    Join JDC Entwine’s Rabbi, Josh Mikutis, and other various guests every Friday to virtually welcome in Shabbat as a community.

  • OneTable Presents: Pati Jinich Cooking Demo with Jake Cohen

    Date: Thurday May 14, 2020
    Join our partners at OneTable for a cooking class this Thursday! Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is the host of the two-time James Beard Award-winning and three-time Emmy nominated PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table” now going on its ninth season. Join virtually for a conversation and cooking demo with Jake Cohen. Learn how to make Pati’s go-tos, based on her cookbooks, Pati’s Mexican Table and Mexican Today
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  • Interagency Efforts for Child Rescue and Immigration to the US

    Date: Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 2PM ET
    The JDC Archives invites you to a webinar: “Interagency Efforts for Child Rescue and Immigration to the US: 1939-1942”. In this talk, Emily Bengels will explore child psychologist Ernst Papanek’s claim that philanthropic organizations did not respond with enough urgency in rescuing children from internment camps and children’s colonies. Papanek’s 1973 memoir, Out of the Fire, included scathing criticism of many American agencies along with a deep and personal ache for the children who could not be rescued in time. By analyzing records from JDC and other agencies (eg. American Friends Service Committee, Unitarian Service Committee, German Jewish Children’s Aid), she will present evidence both supporting and rejecting Papanek’s criticism. Miss Bengels will share letters, cables, telephone reports and other archival documents which demonstrate how diverse organizations came together to do the best they could during impossible times. Emily Bengels is a doctoral student in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Gratz College in Philadelphia, and the recipient of the 2019 Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin/JDC Archives Fellowship. Her research at the JDC Archives investigates JDC rescue efforts of children in France in the World War II era, including the funding, transportation, and housing of children once in the United States.

  • The Spot with Dasha Dolgova

    Date: Tuesday May 12, 2020
    This Tuesday, May 12th on The Spot, we’re headed to Russia! Catch up with Entwine alum, Dasha Dolgova as she shares how her grandfather’s connection to JDC ignited her work today serving the Jewish community in Moscow as JDC-FSU’s Moscow and Central Russia PR Specialist.
    WATCH HERE

  • Off the Shelf: JDC Entwine Virtual Book Club

    Date: Monday May 11, 2020
    By now, you’ve probably binged Tiger King and are ready for your next adventure. Grab a book ‘Off the Shelf’ and join JDC Entwine in our monthly book club. Connect with young adults around the world, as we read, explore and discuss global stories that challenge us to engage in global Jewish responsibility. Each month we’ll explore a book that will take us somewhere in the Jewish world and introduce us to captivating people with incredible stories. Read at your own pace. We’ll provide additional weekly content to make the stories come alive. You’re welcome to join at any time before we close the month with a virtual meetup to connect and share our reflections.
    JOIN HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat in Partnership with OneTable

    Date: Friday May 8, 2020 at 1PM ET
    Get global with with JDC Entwine and OneTable. Get virtual and join us as we partner with OneTable to welcome Shabbat together. Get intentional with JDC Entwine’s Rabbi Joshua Mikutis and members of our communities to engage in meaningful conversation about Shabbat through the context of our current global experience. Join us at the link in bio to begin the process of closing the week with intention.

  • Entwine Exclusive with Sarah Eisenman and Joy Sisisky

    Date: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 3PM EST
    Learn from two professionals at the helm of global organizations ​about the importance of creating balance in leadership roles and personal lives during a time of crisis. The conversation will feature Sarah Eisenman, Assistant Executive Vice President of JDC and Executive Director of Entwine, with JDC Board Member, Joy Sisisky, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco.
    WATCH HERE

  • Love in the Time of Corona

    Date: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 2PM EST
    Trapped inside and physically isolated all our relationships are changing; relationships with our family, with friends, our partners and yes, those of us seeking partners as well. Hear from JSwipe founder, David Yarus, about how COVID-19 is changing the game for love and dating, how we can still connect to each other, and how maybe distance can make the heart grow fonder…
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  • Imagine More: Creating a Safe and Respectful Jewish World

    Date: Thursday May 7, 2020 at 11AM EST
    Imagine MORE centers on the power of women to create lasting change in their own lives and the lives of all they touch. Join us on Thursday, May 7 at 11am EDT for a virtual briefing featuring Lisa Eisen, Co-President of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Lisa is at the forefront of the Schusterman Foundation’s commitment to advancing women’s rights in the Jewish workplace and community through the Safety, Respect and Equity Network, of which JDC is a committed member. Hear Lisa Eisen and Aviva Lazar, Director of Human Resources at JDC, as they discuss the critical work of the SRE Network in addressing sexual harassment, sexism, and gender discrimination in the Jewish community and workforce.

  • JDC Direct from the Hot Zone: An Interview with Dr. Neil Schluger, MD

    Date: Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 1PM EST
    Drs. Neil Schluger and Rick Hodes are both international experts and physicians with significant experience training healthcare professionals in Ethiopia. Join us to learn from Dr. Schluger about 1) how COVID-19 presents clinically and 2) tricks for treating COVID-19-positive patients that can delay or prevent hospitalization.

  • Gather And Give

    Date: Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 12PM and 8PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine for a Giving Circle on Giving Tuesday! JDC Entwine will be hosting two virtual giving circles for young adults to come together from around the US and beyond. We will gather virtually to share and discuss our Jewish values, learn about JDC’s global response to COVID-19 and collectively allocate a meaningful gift in support of JDC’s life-saving work. Participants are asked to give a suggested donation of $18 and those who can give more are encouraged to do so. Each dollar raised for JDC’s COVID-19 response will be generously matched for double the impact by an anonymous donor.

  • The Spot with Dana Bornstein and Clara Scheinmann

    Date: Monday May 4, 2020
    Join The Spot as we gear up for #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. JDC Entwine alumni Clara Scheinmann and Dana Bornstein will discuss what inspires them to be philanthropic and the multitude of approaches towards giving that one can take during this unprecedented time.
    WATCH HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday May 1, 2020 at 1PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine’s Rabbi, Josh Mikutis, and other various guests every Friday at 1pm ET to virtually welcome in Shabbat as a community.

  • Entwine Exclusive with Michael Hartal

    Date: Thursday April 20, 2020 at 12:30PM EST
    Tune into this week’s Entwine Exclusive featuring Michael Hartal, MD MPH, Executive Director of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute who will be interviewed by Eden Adler, JDC Entwine alum and Software Engineer at Lemonade. Learn about Israel’s response to COVID19, what the country has learned and what the future might look like.
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Rinat Shtrasburg

    Date: Tuesday April 28, 2020 at 12PM
    Yom Haatzmaut Sameach! Join The Spot for an Inside look on how JDC Entwine alum and former Community Rep, Rinat Shtrasburg, will be celebrating Israel’s Independence Day during the current global health crisis.
    WATCH HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday April 24, 2020 at 1PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine’s Rabbi, Josh Mikutis, and other various guests every Friday at 1pm ET to virtually welcome in Shabbat as a community.

  • Entwine Exclusive with Dyonna Ginsburg and Avital Sandler-Loeff

    Date: Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 1:30PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine and OLAM for an inside look at the impact of COVID-19 on developing countries. Learn about the pandemic from an international development and humanitarian lens from Dyonna Ginsburg, Executive Director of OLAM, and Avital Sandler-Loeff, Executive Director of JDC GRID.
    WATCH HERE

  • Roam Your Roots for RSJs

    Date: Saturday April 11, 2020 at 1PM EST
    Join Entwine’s D.C. Community Representative, Caroline Sagalchik, as she moderates a virtual workshop on geneology for families with complicated trajectories like Russian Speaking Jews who left the former Soviet Union. Lisa Buckner, the genealogist behind Roam Your Roots, will walk participants through starting a family tree, records to look for, and where to find Jewish records.

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday April 10, 2020 at 12PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine’s Rabbi, Josh Mikutis, and other various guests every Friday at 1pm ET to virtually welcome in Shabbat as a community.

  • Entwine Exclusive with Amir Shaviv and Margarita Korol

    Date: Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 12PM EST
    On this special “Entwine Exclusive,” learn how JDC responds in times of crisis through the lens of Operation Passover. 30 years ago, JDC helped thousands of Jews in the Soviet Union celebrate public Passover Seders for the very first time, initiating the revitalization of Jewish life in the region. Join featured guest, Amir Shaviv, JDC’s Assistant Executive Vice President for Special Operations, and Margarita Korol, Entwine’s RSJ Community Manager, to explore this legacy and how we can apply its lessons to today.
    WATCH HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday April 3, 2020 at 12PM EST
    Join JDC Entwine’s Rabbi, Josh Mikutis, and other various guests every Friday at 1pm ET to virtually welcome in Shabbat as a community.

  • Entwine Exclusive with Asher Ostrin and Kate Belza O’Bannon

    Date: Thursday April 2, 2020 at 11AM EST
    Join this week’s “Entwine Exclusive,” featuring Asher Ostrin, JDC’s Interim CEO, and Kate Belza O’Bannon, JDC Board Member, to learn how JDC is leading the global Jewish response in Jewish communities around the world to cope with the COVID19 crisis.
    WATCH HERE

  • Entwine Exclusive with Josh Yudkin, JDC Entwine RIG Fellow

    Date: Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 12PM EST
    Join Entwine’s 2020 RIG Fellow Josh Yudkin from his yearlong service in Israel as he discusses how he’s using his background as an epidemiologist to advise JDC’s team working in the Former Soviet Union and GRID program during this time of crisis.
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Roz Bellamy

    This week on The Spot, join JDC Entwine alum Roz Bellamy to hear how they reimagined and connected the Australian queer community during their Passover Seder.
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Dina Mouyal

    As we celebrate Passover, join JDC Entwine alum Dina Mouyal for an inside look into her family’s Sephardic Seder, infusing both her Spanish and Moroccan roots. Sing some traditional, yet familiar, songs in Spanish and learn more about the ancient cross-cultural tradition of Mimouna.
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Ksenia Prints

    Looking for a Passover recipe that doesn’t involve a massive grocery store haul? Plov is a kitnyiot-Passover friendly dish that uses many pantry staples. Check out The Spot on Tuesday, April 7 at 3PM ET on Facebook Live and see Ksenia Prints demo the recipe and explore how food brings us together, even when we’re apart!
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Joey Leskin

    Join Joey Leskin, Director of Abroad Experiences at KAHAL, as he talks about his time in Turkey as a JSC Fellow during a challenging time in the country’s history. Hear how this experience prepared him to adapt his daily work in response to COVID-19.
    WATCH HERE

 

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  • Insider Connections: Global Virtual Service

    Insider Connections: Global Virtual Service is an opportunity to virtually engage in service with a community member in need. JDC Entwine volunteers have unique access to help meet the social needs of JDC aid recipients across the FSU, Israel and beyond, including the elderly and teens in the community.

    You can make an impact by committing 1-3 hours weekly for 1-3 months. Knowledge of Hebrew or Russian is a plus! Engage in meaningful service that keeps you and a JDC client connected to our global Jewish community during this pandemic. Join us in taking part in the work that JDC does in over 70 countries worldwide as the leading humanitarian aid organization.
    GET INVOLVED

  • Caring Calls with DOROT

    DOROT serves as a vital lifeline to thousands of older adults in NYC and Westchester. They have created a new Caring Calls program to continue DOROT’s critical work to build social connections between the generations during this global health crisis. This is an opportunity to let seniors know you care. As a volunteer in the Caring Calls Program, you would call a DOROT senior once or twice a week for four weeks. The phone calls are between 10:30 am and 7:30 pm and can take place at your convenience. Calls begin once you have been assigned a match. GET INVOLVED

  • Virtual Volunteering with CHD Living

    CHD Living, which owns 13 nursing homes around London, are inviting English-speaking people from around the world to apply online and become a virtual volunteer who will engage with their assigned “grandparents” through video calls. GET INVOLVED

  • Birthday and Holiday Cards with DOROT

    Create birthday and holiday cards for those in isolation.Making a card is an easy, fun and important way to decrease social isolation among seniors. Sometimes, a card from a DOROT volunteer is the only communication an older adult has on special occasions. This is particularly true now. Visit DOROT’s website for all of the details on where to send the cards, some sample cards, and tips to make a successful card. GET INVOLVED

  • The Met Council on Jewish Poverty

    Calling budding writers, artists and everything in between to remind folks that they are not alone, even when we can’t be there to hold their hands. Volunteers are encouraged to send poetry, short stories, plays, cards, illustrations, or anything else that can be mailed to older adults. Additional details for this program can be found on the Met Council on Jewish Poverty website. GET INVOLVED

  • Global Jewish Pen Pal program

    Interested in being matched with a Jewish Pen Pal in another country? Fill out this form to join the Global Jewish Pen Pal program! GET INVOLVED

  • SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

    Looking for ways to support your local community during this difficult time? Visit Repair the World for safe ways to connect with elderly, provide meals for those in need, support and other social justice resources. GET INVOLVED

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  • Inside Rwanda

    Trip Year: 2020
    Date: March 22, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Argentina and Chile

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: LA Federation
    Date: March 22, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Morocco Global Leaders

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: Stephen and Sheila Lieberman
    Date: March 22, 2020

  • Inside India with Kahal

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: March 24, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Argentina and Chile

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: LA Federation
    Date: March 29, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Morocco Global Leaders

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: Stephen and Sheila Lieberman
    Date: March 29, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Argentina LGBTQ

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: JQ International
    Date: April 2, 2020

  • Inside Cuba

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: April 2, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Argentina and Chile

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: LA Federation
    Date: April 5, 2020

  • ReJoint Alumni Leadership Experience in Israel

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: April 7, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Cuba Yoga Class

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: April 13, 2020

  • ReJoint Alumni Leadership Experience in Israel

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: April 14, 2020

  • Inside Israel

    Trip Year: 2017
    Trip Partner: Charles Ribakoff
    Date: April 14, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Ukraine for RSJs Happy Hour

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: Genesis Philanthropy Group
    Date: April 16, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Ukraine for RSJs

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: Genesis Philanthropy Group
    Date: April 21, 2020

  • ReJoint Alumni Leadership Experience in Israel Recharge

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: April 24, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Morocco

    Date: May 1, 2020

  • Inside Rwanda

    Trip Year: 2020
    Date: May 3, 2020

  • Inside India

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: May 4, 2020

  • Inside China

    Trip Year: 2019
    Date: May 6, 2020

  • Inside India

    Trip Year: 2020
    Date: May 4, 2020

  • Inside Georgia

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: JConnect
    Date: May 6, 2020

  • Inside Ukraine

    Trip Year: 2019
    Trip Partner: Richmond Foundation
    Date: May 12, 2020

  • Inside Jewish Morocco

    Trip Year: 2017
    Date: May 18, 2020

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At a time of uncertainty, why is now the right time to find community? And how is the way we show up as Russian Speaking Jews different from how our parents do? Host Margarita Korol speaks with fellow Russian Speaking Jewish young professionals on their efforts to build community and promote the value of global Jewish responsibility.

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As we finish counting the Omer, it begs the question, what even is time anymore? This article explores how we mark the passage of time in a period of timelessness. As you read, think about how you can use the sefirot to mark time in a meaningful way.  

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Curious about why we eat dairy on Shavuot? This video explores its history and shares links to some awesome recipes full of milk derivatives. If lactose is not your friend, no need to fret, on the second day of Shavuot we eat meat!

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A tradition on Shavuot is all-night text study, maybe don’t spend all night, but check out Sefaria! This living library of Jewish texts has so much to offer -use this text-based holiday to explore on your own!

SET THE MOOD

Invigorate any moment with globally inspired tunes curated by JDC Entwine’s Rabbi Joshua Mikutis

CONTINUE THE THREAD

The Thread is the place where Entwine alumni gather, learn, explore, and take action. We are continually innovating to ensure global Jewish responsibility is at the forefront of our work and you can help us by continuing the Thread.

Do you have an interesting idea to share with others in the Entwine community? Are you working on a project you want us to highlight? From podcast episodes to virtual experiences, share your idea with us and Continue the Thread.

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