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The Thread

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.

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The Line Up

  • EntwineNosh Rosh Hashanah: Edicíon Jewtina

    Date: Thursday, September 17th at 7pm EDT
    It’s time to get cooking for the Holidays! Join us as we put a Latin flair on our holiday meal and explore the rich Jewish Latinx community. Entwine alumni, Kimmy Duenas and Analucia Lopezrevoredo, co-founders of Jewtina will share how the intersectionality of their Jewish and Latinx identities have shaped their experience and dive into the family cookbook to bring us Rosh Hashanah dishes from Peru and El Salvador.
    RSVP

  • Virtual Insider Trips: Odesa for RSJs

    Application Deadline: Monday, September 21st
    The JDC (“Joint”) helped so many of our families leave the Soviet Union, but did you know they also stuck around and partnered with local communities across the Former Soviet Union to reclaim their ancestral Jewish roots? Join JDC Entwine and a cohort of fellow Russian Speaking Jewish young professionals to experience Odesa through the lens of these communities and JDC’s humanitarian and Jewish renewal work in the region. In the span of few hours on a Sunday and then lunch and happy hours during the week, you’ll explore Ukraine’s sights, sounds, and tastes by way of interactive experiences—and you might just get to know yourself a little bit better too.
    This project has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.
    Apply Now

  • Entwine Exclusive: Jewish Dubai

    Date: Tuesday, September 22th at 12:30pm EDT
    On this very special Entwine Exclusive, we will connect with the Jewish community of Dubai: one of the first new Jewish communities to be founded in the Arab world in centuries. Join us for a conversation with community leaders and Entwine alumni to explore lessons in community-building, coexistence, and inclusivity in this unique corner of the world.
    RSVP

  • Entwine Shabbat with OneTable

    Date: Friday, September 25th at 1pm EDT
    Global, but keep it virtual. Join OneTable and JDC Entwine to welcome Shabbat together! Members of our communities will share some words about Shabbat, the Torah portion, and how it ties into our current world. Celebrate with music and stories and close the week with intention.
    RSVP

  • The Entwine Gallery

    Welcome to JDC Entwine’s Virtual Gallery! Be transported to the land of a thousand hills in Rwanda. Experience the magical and historical feeling of Cappadocia, Turkey. Relish in the joy of watching a mother and child practice a Tibetan ritual in the mountains between Tibet and Yunnan, China. Explore how the Entwine network engages with the beauty of our dynamic global Jewish community and translate that into the incredible work featured in the Entwine Gallery. Interested in submitting your work? Amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals are all welcome to submit your work to be featured!
    EXPLORE THE GALLERY SUBMIT YOUR ART

  • OFF THE SHELF: HIGH HOLIDAY EDITION

    Come together virtually with JDC Entwine alumni and other global-minded young adults for Off the Shelf and dive into global Jewish content through the power of books. This month we will gear our mind towards the High Holidays and read The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz. The book club will conclude at the beginning of October with a discussion.
    LISTEN NOW

  • Babushkas in the Time of Corona: Not Your Babushka’s RSJ Podcast

    Now that we’ve established the importance of naming the intentions and values you’re showing up in your relationships with, we think about arevut, the value that drives people to support those in need. Where does that value come from? We hear three stories—first to Chicago, where Margarita speaks with Lee Litas, journalist and general manager of Forever Young, the senior daycare center that her mother, Chicago radio personality “Martochka” Litas, co-founded to help the same elderly population who enjoyed her shows and events. Then we head to Odesa where we hear from JDC’s Inna Vdovichenko about other ways JDC has evolved its response in caring for Jewish elderly—and finally to Brooklyn with Allen Meyerovich whose grandfather’s values are inspiring his dedicating time each week to help an elderly JDC client ward off the social effects of isolation during the pandemic through Entwine’s Insider Connections Virtual Service opportunity.
    LISTEN NOW

  • #HEREFOR this High Holiday Season

    JDC Entwine is excited to partner with #HereFor this High Holiday season. This year’s High Holidays are ready to meet the moment. Are you? What are you going to be #HereFor this holiday season? Community, self-exploration, resilience? Fill in the blank with us at herefor.com. With everything you’ve navigated this year, let’s gather for the #HighHolidays with intention, a chance to reflect, and togetherness. Resources at your fingertips at herefor.com.
    EXPLORE

 

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  • EntwineNosh Rosh Hashanah: Edicíon Jewtina

    Date: Thursday, September 17th at 7pm EDT
    It’s time to get cooking for the Holidays! Join us as we put a Latin flair on our holiday meal and explore the rich Jewish Latinx community. Entwine alumni, Kimmy Duenas and Analucia Lopezrevoredo, co-founders of Jewtina will share how the intersectionality of their Jewish and Latinx identities have shaped their experience and dive into the family cookbook to bring us Rosh Hashanah dishes from Peru and El Salvador.
    RSVP

  • OFF THE SHELF: HIGH HOLIDAY EDITION

    Come together virtually with JDC Entwine alumni and other global-minded young adults for Off the Shelf and dive into global Jewish content through the power of books. This month we will gear our mind towards the High Holidays and read The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz. The book club will conclude at the beginning of October with a discussion.
    LISTEN NOW

  • #HEREFOR this High Holiday Season

    JDC Entwine is excited to partner with #HereFor this High Holiday season. This year’s High Holidays are ready to meet the moment. Are you? What are you going to be #HereFor this holiday season? Community, self-exploration, resilience? Fill in the blank with us at herefor.com. With everything you’ve navigated this year, let’s gather for the #HighHolidays with intention, a chance to reflect, and togetherness. Resources at your fingertips at herefor.com.
    EXPLORE

  • Virtual Insider Trips: Odesa for RSJs

    Application Deadline: Monday, September 21st
    The JDC (“Joint”) helped so many of our families leave the Soviet Union, but did you know they also stuck around and partnered with local communities across the Former Soviet Union to reclaim their ancestral Jewish roots? Join JDC Entwine and a cohort of fellow Russian Speaking Jewish young professionals to experience Odesa through the lens of these communities and JDC’s humanitarian and Jewish renewal work in the region. In the span of few hours on a Sunday and then lunch and happy hours during the week, you’ll explore Ukraine’s sights, sounds, and tastes by way of interactive experiences—and you might just get to know yourself a little bit better too.
    This project has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.
    Apply Now

  • Entwine Shabbat with OneTable

    Date: Friday, September 25th at 1pm EDT
    Global, but keep it virtual. Join OneTable and JDC Entwine to welcome Shabbat together! Members of our communities will share some words about Shabbat, the Torah portion, and how it ties into our current world. Celebrate with music and stories and close the week with intention.
    RSVP

  • Entwine Exclusive: Jewish Dubai

    Date: Tuesday, September 22nd at 12:20pm EDT
    On this very special Entwine Exclusive, we will connect with the Jewish community of Dubai: one of the first new Jewish communities to be founded in the Arab world in centuries. Join us for a conversation with community leaders and Entwine alumni to explore lessons in community-building, coexistence, and inclusivity in this unique corner of the world.
    RSVP

  • EntwineNosh with Sarah Tagger

    Date: Thursday, September 3rd at 6pm EDT
    Join us for EntwineNosh as we take part in an interactive food photography workshop with Entwine Alumni and food blogger, Sarah Tagger. Together, we will explore the stories behind an image and the ways we can communicate identity, belonging, and creativity through food. Check out more of Sarah’s images at @taggereater.
    RSVP

  • The Entwine Gallery

    Welcome to JDC Entwine’s Virtual Gallery! Be transported to the land of a thousand hills in Rwanda. Experience the magical and historical feeling of Cappadocia, Turkey. Relish in the joy of watching a mother and child practice a Tibetian ritual in the mountains between Tibet and Yunnan, China. Explore how the Entwine network engages with the beauty of our dynamic global Jewish community and translate that into the incredible work featured in the Entwine Gallery. Interested in submitting your work? Amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals are all welcome to submit your work to be featured!
    EXPLORE THE GALLERYSUBMIT YOUR ART

  • GLOBAL VARIETY HOUR: STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

    Date: August 2, 2020 – August 4, 2020 at 6pm EDT
    From SXSW and Bonaroo to Sónar and Mawazine, music and storytelling festivals have gone completely global! Nightly at 6pm EST from August 2-4th, 2020, Entwine is hosting our first ever Global Variety Hour, a storytelling festival that will bring you musical delights, poetic explorations, rabbinic blessings, and of course, stories from the wide world of JDC. Join us each night at 6pm EST! If we can’t travel internationally right now, JDC Entwine wants to bring global communities to our living rooms.

  • VIRTUAL INSIDER TRIPS: GEORGIA

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 2, 2020
    Have you ever wanted to travel but skip the jetlag? Join JDC Entwine as we venture to Georgia on our Virtual Insider Trip for Jewish Young Professionals! Gain direct exposure to the Jewish community in Georgia with exclusive access to guest speakers and the Georgian community. As a group, we will delight in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Georgia through sensory experiences such as cooking lessons and musical performances, all while learning how we can contribute and support the global Jewish community during this time of distance.
    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW

  • ENTWINE EXCLUSIVE WITH BARRY KAHAN, BENJAMIN MATEEV, AND BECCA SIEGEL

    DATE: Tuesday August 11, 2020 at 1PM EDT
    Explore adaptability in practice with Entwine alumni and entrepreneurs, Becca Siegel and Ben Mateev, and JDC Board member and Rishon Global Founder, Barry Kahan. Hear firsthand about the challenges and opportunities presented to small business ventures during this unprecedented time and gain insight into how we can all creatively adapt to a new reality.
    RSVP NOW

  • SHABBAT SHALOM WITH ONE TABLE

    DATE: Friday August 14, 2020 at 1PM EDT
    Global, but keep it virtual. Join OneTable and JDC Entwine to welcome Shabbat together! JDC Entwine’s Joshua Mikutis and members of our communities will share some words about Shabbat, the Torah portion, and how it ties into our current world. We’ll then share in music + stories. Whether this is your first event with us or your 37th, join us to begin the process of closing the week with intention
    RSVP NOW

  • 2021 Ralph I . Goldman Fellowship

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 26, 2020
    Applications for the 2021 Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership are now open! Awarded to one person annually, the RIG Fellowship exposes a young, talented rising leader to global communities and key challenges confronting the Jewish people. Alongside senior JDC staff, fellows identify and design 2-3 placements shaped by their skills, interests and the critical needs of communities abroad. Learn more and apply to the Fellowship here. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for this Fellowship, nominate them today.
    APPLY NOW NOMINATE SOMEONE

  • THE SPOT ART GALLERY: SUBMISSIONS WANTED

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 14, 2020
    You’re invited to submit your artwork for JDC Entwine’s first ever virtual global exhibition. We are excited to highlight our alumni’s incredible creativity and talent with the larger JDC Entwine community. Share your Entwine journey with us! This can reflect your Jewish journey, global and cultural experiences you had in the field, or a sense of shared community. The sky is the limit! All submissions must be received by Friday, August 14th, 2020. Submit your artwork today!
    SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK

  • GATHER AND GIVE: UNITED KINGDOM WITH OLAM

    DATE: Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 7:30PM BST
    Gather virtually to share and discuss our Jewish values, learn about the global Jewish response to COVID-19 and collectively allocate a meaningful gift in support of this life-saving work. Participants are asked to give a suggested donation of £16 and those who can give more are encouraged to do so.
    RSVP NOW

  • GATHER AND GIVE: TWIN CITIES, MN

    DATE: Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 7:30PM CST
    Calling Entwiners and friends based in MN! Join YALA Twin Cities and JDC Entwine for a virtual giving circle where we will share and discuss our Jewish and giving values through the lens of the Federation’s overseas work and JDC’s global response to COVID-19.
    RSVP NOW

  • GATHER AND GIVE: ISRAEL

    DATE: Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 7PM IST
    Gather virtually to share and discuss our Jewish values, learn about JDC’s response to COVID-19 in Israel and globally and collectively allocate a meaningful gift in support of JDC’s life-saving work. Participants are asked to give a suggested donation of $20 / 70NIS and those who can give more are encouraged to do so.
    RSVP NOW

  • The JDC Archives Names Index as a Window to JDC’s History by Jeffrey Edelstein

    DATE: August 19, 2020 at 2PM EDT
    Since the launch of the JDC Archives website a decade ago, the Names Index has consistently been the most popular and heavily used feature of the site. In this webinar, Jeff Edelstein will discuss the content of the documents that have been included in the database as a reflection of the focus of JDC’s activity over the course of its history, from the creation of the Transmission Bureau to enable Jews in North America to send money to relatives in Palestine and Europe during World War I through the emergency measures of the Nazi era and postwar care for survivors and emigration assistance and, later, the Aliyah to Israel of Jews throughout the Middle East. Although not intended as a training workshop, the presentation will also include examples of how to search for names via the Names API and the collections database.
    RSVP NOW

  • GATHER AND GIVE: GLOBAL

    DATE: Thursday August 20, 2020 at 8PM EDT
    JDC Entwine is rolling out more virtual Giving Circles! Join us for our second round of virtual giving circles where we share and discuss our Jewish values, learn about JDC’s latest 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 $20 and those who can give more are encouraged to do so.
    RSVP NOW

  • Babushkas in the Time of Corona: Not Your Babushka’s RSJ Podcast

    Now that we’ve established the importance of naming the intentions and values you’re showing up in your relationships with, we think about arevut, the value that drives people to support those in need. Where does that value come from? We hear three stories—first to Chicago, where Margarita speaks with Lee Litas, journalist and general manager of Forever Young, the senior daycare center that her mother, Chicago radio personality “Martochka” Litas, co-founded to help the same elderly population who enjoyed her shows and events. Then we head to Odesa where we hear from JDC’s Inna Vdovichenko about other ways JDC has evolved its response in caring for Jewish elderly—and finally to Brooklyn with Allen Meyerovich whose grandfather’s values are inspiring his dedicating time each week to help an elderly JDC client ward off the social effects of isolation during the pandemic through Entwine’s Insider Connections Virtual Service opportunity.
    LISTEN NOW

  • Off the Shelf: Entwine Virtual Book Club

    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. This month, we will read An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba by Ruth Behar. Book club with conclude with a discussion in mid-August.
    JOIN HERE

  • THE SPOT WITH ERY PERVULESCU

    This week on the Spot, take a tour Ery Pervulescu’s synagogue in Caransebes, Romania with JDC Entwine alum Ery Pervulescu. Learn how Ery spearheaded its renovation, creating a space of Jewish culture and community, and ultimately becoming the youngest president of his Jewish community in Romania.
    WATCH NOW

  • The Spot with Sanni Youboty

    Liberian-born JDC Entwine alumna, Sanni Youboty (aka Val Fleury), is a DJ, producer, and radio host based in Los Angeles. Watch Sanni and JDC Entwine’s Southern California Community Manager, Arezu Hashemi, as they dig into the inspiration behind Sanni’s multi-dimensional sets which openly mix house, techno, ancestral, and bass music. Sanni has created a unique playlist for JDC Entwine that represents the year 2020 and invokes messages of empowerment, hope, and justice. “Enjoy the playlist and consider the messaging – that we have a more open, tolerant, and beautiful Judaism.” Scroll down to check out Sanni’s sweet playlist on The Thread under “Set the Mood”!
    WATCH THE INTERVIEW LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

  • Shabbat with OneTable

    Date: Friday, July 10th, 2020 at 1PM PST
    Global, but keep it virtual. Join OneTable and JDC Entwine to welcome Shabbat together! JDC Entwine’s Joshua Mikutis and members of our communities will share some words about Shabbat, the Torah portion, and how it ties into our current world. We’ll then share in music and stories. Whether this is your first event with us or your 37th, join us to begin the process of closing the week with intention.

  • ENTWINENOSH

    Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2020 at 4PM PST
    Join us on July 9th at 4:00 PM PST/ 7:00 PM EST for our new, delicious segment, EntwineNosh! Our first session weaves the integral ways in which food, tradition, and identity intertwine. Entwine Alum Angel Alvarez-Mapp, Director of Programs and Operations for the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, leads us in Challah Baking. Together we will learn how to make his signature recipe, hear more about his Jewish journey and how his multi-cultural background has informed his culinary practices – including unique spins he takes on Ashkenazi classics.
    WATCH HERE

  • Entwine Exclusive with ASYV

    Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:30AM EST
    Join the Entwine Exclusive for a conversation with our friends at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the Rwandan education system and how ASYV is continuing to support its students. RSVP Today.
    WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Ryan Kaplan

    Date: Monday, July 6th, 2020
    This week on the Spot, we’re chatting with Jewish Service Corp Fellow Ryan Kaplan and learning about his work with JCC in Krakow, Poland and on the Ride for the Living. Ride for the Living is an annual 60 mile bike ride from Krakow to Auschwitz to commemorate the Holocaust. While the Ride for the Living has gone virtual this year, the Jewish community in Krakow today continues to thrive. Ryan will share what is means to him to serve this community and why this work is so meaningful.
    WATCH HERE

  • Virtual Insider Trips: MOROCCO

    Date: Application Closes Thursday, July 2, 2020
    Have you ever wanted to travel but skip the jetlag? Join JDC Entwine as we venture to Morocco on our first-ever Virtual Insider Trip for Jewish Young Professionals! Gain direct exposure to the Jewish community in Morocco with exclusive access to guest speakers and the Moroccan community. As a group, we will delight in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Morocco through sensory experiences such as cooking lessons and musical performances, all while learning how we can contribute and support the global Jewish community during this time of distance.
    APPLY HERE

  • Finding Our Roots: A Bring Your Own Brunch Event

    Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 11am ET
    On June 28, Entwine partnered with The Well in Detroit to explore Detroit’s Jewish history and roots! Over a virtual brunch, the Entwine and the Well communities immersed in global storytelling, exploration of family genealogy, and heard from Jess Katz the 2019 JDC Ralph I. Goldman Fellow and Detroit native. We hope you find meaning in the recording.
    WATCH HERE

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 1pm ET
    Global, Virtual, Intentional. Join us in welcoming Shabbat. JDC Entwine’s Rabbi Joshua Mikutis and members of our communities will engage in meaningful conversation about Shabbat through the context of our current global experience. RSVP to begin the process of closing the week with intention.
    RSVP HERE

  • The Spot with Joe Levin-Manning

    Date: Friday, June 26, 2020
    This week on the Spot, we are honored to feature Entwine alum and community Activist Joe Levin Manning. Check out his article, published by our friends at GatherDC, where he reflects on his Jewish journey, activism, and accountability during these uncertain times. To learn more about Joe and the issues facing the Jewish LGBTQ community, check out our Entwine Exclusive.
    READ HERE WATCH HERE

  • The Spot with Jordan Goldnadel

    Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
    This week on the Spot, we travel to France to meet up with award winning Film Director, Jordan Goldnadel as he speaks about his experiences growing up Jewish in Paris, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Jewish community, and his inspiration behind his film, “And Then, Violence”. After hearing from Jordan himself, check out his film and others in JDC Entwine’s recently launched Films from the Field Toolkit! (Note: This segment was pre-recorded and may contain information that is no longer relevant.)
    WATCH HERE GET THE TOOLKIT

  • Jewish Survivor- Physicians in Transition: From DP Camp Doctors to Emigrants, 1945-1950 by Sari Siegel

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 2pm ET
    In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the international medical community faced an unprecedented challenge: to bring tens of thousands of concentration camp survivors back to health from their precarious condition upon liberation. Relief and rehabilitation organizations, including the JDC, recruited doctors from around the world to tend to these patients, but some of the recruits were actually to be found within the survivor population itself. Dr. Siegel’s lecture will shed light on Jewish DP-physicians and draw particular attention to their transition from caregivers to emigrants.
    RSVP HERE

  • Entwine Exclusive with Michal Ben Dov and Shauna Ruda

    Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11am ET
    There are more than #70million displaced people around the world who have fled violence, economic unrest, and natural disaster. Among that number are 31,000 asylum seekers living in Israel who have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Join the Entwine Exclusive with Michal Ben Dov (JDC Director of Strategic Partnerships) and Shauna Ruda (Social Impact Consultant) ​in conversation with an asylum seeker currently living in Israel​ to learn how JDC and its partners are responding to the crisis. We also invite you to engage with the #70million campaign at https://www.70million.org/
    RSVP HERE

  • Pride Shabbat with JQ

    Date: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6pm PT
    JDC Entwine is proud to be a community supporter for JQ’s upcoming Pride Shabbat on Friday, June 19th via Zoom! Join in for this engaging and festive virtual Shabbat experience that will bring together LGBTQ+ and ally Jews from around the world for a colorful and alluring celebration of Pride and Shabbat. For those in Los Angeles, order your very own Pride Shabbat kit by June 14th, full of festive goodies and Shabbat materials for you to use at home during the event!

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 1pm ET
    Global, Virtual, Intentional. Join us in welcoming Shabbat. JDC Entwine’s Rabbi Joshua Mikutis and members of our communities will engage in meaningful conversation about Shabbat through the context of our current global experience. RSVP to begin the process of closing the week with intention.

  • Entwine Exclusive: PRIDE MONTH

    Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12:30pm ET
    As pride month coincides with a movement for racial justice, it is more important than ever to engage with global leaders working towards a more equitable society. Join Molly Paul (JDC Entwine), for a panel discussion on what it means to celebrate diversity in the current climate with Entwine alumni: Rachael Fried (Jewish Queer Youth), Joseph Levin-Manning (Community Activist), and Ran Shalhavi (The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel).

  • JDC Entwine Virtual Shabbat

    Date: Friday, June 5 2020 at 1pm ET
    Learn from Yonatan Arnon, Weitzman Fellow, HUC-JIR Rabbinical student, and founder of MoveMeant and musician Kobi Goodwin as they use song and dance to bring in Shabbat. We’ll see you at 1pm for this meaningful experience.
    WATCH HERE

  • OneTable Virtual Shabbat with Jessy Cohen and Martina Bialek

    Date: Tuesday, May 26 2020 at 7pm ET
    Share your stories and experiences, and bring in Shabbat with Latin American flavor as we make Alfajores — delicious Argentinian dulce de leche cookies — taught by Jessy Cohen and Martina Bialek.

  • 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.
    WATCH HERE

  • 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!
    RSVP HERE

  • 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.
    RSVP HERE

  • 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: Thursday, 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
    RSVP HERE

  • 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

    Now is the time to act, connect and learn through virtual service. This year, engaging with global Jewish communities is more important than ever. Insider Connections: Global Virtual Service is an opportunity to virtually engage in service with a community member abroad.  JDC Entwine volunteers have unique access to help meet the social needs of JDC aid recipients in Georgia, Ukraine, Morocco and beyond, including the elderly and teens in the community. You can make an impact by committing to one hour of service per week for 3 months.

    Sign up by September 22, 2020 to begin volunteering on September 30, 2020

    GET INVOLVED

  • DOROT’s Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery and 9/11 Day of Service in Manhattan

    Date: Thursday, September 10
    Date: Friday, September 11
    Date: Sunday, September 13
    Now more than ever, our older neighbors are looking forward to receiving packages, calls and cards to let them know we care. Make an impact on the lives of isolated seniors in our community this September – from home or in person! Volunteer with DOROT’s Modified Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery and 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

    “At 98 years young, Sophie is full of life and heart. She was thrilled for our visit, and we completely lost track of time as she regaled us with stories from her childhood, growing up in the Bronx in the 1920s. Loved spending time with her.” – Alexandra W.

    Time Commitment: Each package delivery is a one-time commitment of 2-3 hours.
    Requirements: For volunteers ages 18+, valid US government-issued photo ID.
    GET INVOLVED

  • RSJ MOISHE HOUSE IN LOS ANGELES

    Moishe House is excited to launch RSJ Moishe House in LA!. Live with friends, host programs for your peers, connect with global RSJ (& non) young adults. Receive rent subsidy, monthly program budget, training, & resources to build your dream community!
    APPLY NOW

  • #SUMMER5780

    In unprecedented times, Jewish organizations everywhere have been stretching in new ways to reimagine and reinvent #Summer5780. Discover virtual opportunities for kids and college students, families and twenty somethings, offered by all types of Jewish organizations, all curated by JewishTogether. Find connection, community, learning and laughter. Add structure to your summer and make #Summer5780 matter.
    GET INVOLVED

  • Skills for Impact

    We are excited to announce Skills for Impact, a powerful tool to connect volunteers with community based nonprofits who need support. A partnership between Repair the World and Catchafire, Skills for Impact offers new ways for volunteers to connect with nonprofits and help meet the urgent needs of the communities we serve. Volunteers will have the opportunity to join our Jewish communal effort to support nonprofits on the frontline of this global health crisis. As a volunteer, you can share your skills by consulting over the phone or supporting specific projects virtually.
    GET INVOLVED

  • SERVE THE MOMENT

    Want to spend a summer putting your passions into action? The Jewish Service Alliance presents Serve the Moment. Serve the Moment Corps Members will spend 32 hours/week elevating their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth through virtual and in-person service with trusted partners. Serve the Moment Corps Members will volunteer while learning and reflecting with their peers through trainings led by national leaders in the field. There will be an intentional focus on social inequities, systemic injustices (racial, food, and education), and addressing urgent needs through meaningful service rooted in Jewish values. Apply today or nominate a changemaker in your community. Serve the Moment’s Summer Service Corps will take place from July 8th to August 7th.
    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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USE AN ENTWINE AT HOME DIGITAL TOOLKIT

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.

Read

As we kick off Pride Month in this new reality of sheltering in place, Abby Stein writes about how COVID-19 has created an opportunity for the queer community to celebrate one another in virtual Jewish spaces. As you read, consider how you can transfer the lessons learned from the virtual world to the physical world.

Watch

Looking for a new listen? Check out these awesome LGBTQ podcasts that explore topics like pop culture, gender, and the LGBTQ experience from a global perspective.

Explore

Learn more about the unique challenges LGBTQ communities of color face by clicking through the reports and resources by the Human Rights Campaign.

SET THE MOOD

Turn up this music for the moment from JDC Entwine: Playlists curated by Rabbi Joshua Mikutis and DJ Val Fluery.

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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