virtual insider trips
12 hours over 5 days
December 6-10, 2020
Limited subsidies are available.
The full participation fee is $85. The breakdown of this fee is as follows:
$40 for local speakers and guides
$20 for cultural activities
$15 donation to community members
$10 for materials and supplies
- Explore the history, culture and Jewish community of Morocco
- Meet with JDC staff, and learn how JDC is assisting the Moroccan Jewish community in a time of crisis
- Engage with local young adults who are striving to preserve the rich Jewish history of the country
- Cook delicious Moroccan cuisine with a local chef
- Hang out with Israelis with Moroccan roots, who are preserving their unique heritage through study, music, and travel
- Engage and learn with a cohort of young professionals from the Detroit area
“Traveling carries with it the curse of being at home everywhere and yet nowhere, for wherever one is, some part of oneself remains on another continent.” – Margot Fonteyn
What is a Virtual Insider Trip FAQ
Am I able to participate if I cannot attend all the sessions?
Our expectations for joining an Entwine Virtual Insider Trip are that participants will be available for the entire program. Typically, this consists of about 10 hours over the course of five days. We have worked closely with our staff in the regions to craft a full experience and each component contributes to the overall goals of our program. If the timing does not work out for you, no problem! We will find another trip you can join that works with your schedule.
What is the anticipated time commitment of this program and do I need to take days off work to participate?
Entwine Virtual Insider Trips typically run from Sunday to Thursday and require a time commitment of about 12 hours. The bulk of the time will take place on Sunday and there will be about 1-1.5 hours on the weekdays we will ask you to join us for. Taking off work will depend on your schedule and the time zone of the region we are visiting. We will share all schedules and necessary information with you in advance if the trip.
What materials/ technology do I need to join the trip
Our primary platform will be Zoom. You will need to join from a computer with a web camera in order to access many of the interactive features being utilized. We will also use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.
Can I participate if I have already traveled with JDC Entwine to Morocco?
Yes! We welcome new applicants as well as alumni on our Virtual Insider Trips.
Does participating in this program preclude me from being able to participate in a future in-persontrip?
Entwine’s goal is to ensure that all participants in our programs take the learning from the experience and apply it to their local communities. One of the things we look for in returning applicants/alumni is how they were able to bring their global experience home. You are more than welcome to apply to any future trips and we are excited to see how you have taken this experience with you so that we can properly assess if another Entwine program is a good fit.
About JDC in Morocco
For the past decade Morocco has enjoyed unprecedented stability under the rule of King Mohammed VI, who remains popular with his people despite developments in the region. The millennia-old Jewish community of Morocco traces itself back to the destruction of the Second Temple and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. Rich with history and Sephardic tradition, Jewish life in Morocco today is strong and dynamic, with some 3,000 Jews living in Casablanca and smaller communities sprinkled throughout the country’s periphery. JDC began working in Morocco in the 1940s, assisting refugees from Nazi Europe who had escaped to Tangier. Throughout the country, JDC partners with and provides critical assistance to local Jewish institutions to help implement a range of relief, education, and community strengthening programs.
JDC’s COVID-19 Response
The coronavirus pandemic has created a public health crisis unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, leading to vast emergency humanitarian needs worldwide. As the global Jewish 9-1-1, JDC’s 106 years of expertise and experience responding to crises is needed more than ever. Right now, we are addressing emerging needs and helping communities adjust to this new reality, and ensuring that JDC workers around the world can continue to serve the tens of thousands of people who depend on us every day. Every day, disadvantaged Jews around the world depend on JDC for lifesaving services including homecare and basic necessities like food and medicine. In this new reality, they face even greater struggles and JDC is working to ensure our vital services continue and additional needs are addressed. In North Africa, JDC is providing ongoing assessment of risk and community needs, as well as crisis management planning for the many needy and vulnerable community members.
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