Service Corps

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What is the Jewish Service Corps?

The Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) is a year-long, paid opportunity for Jewish young professionals to volunteer overseas with JDC, the world's leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Responding to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, JSC fellows facilitate and create innovative programs using their unique skills and talents.

Where do JSC fellows serve?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world, and JSC fellows have served in global Jewish communities, Israel and in countries where JDC has non-sectarian projects.

Currently, fellows are serving in locations like Argentina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Rwanda, Turkey and Ukraine.

JSC placements in the past have included:

  • Facilitating leadership training and program implementation for teen and young adult programs in Latin America, Europe, and the Former Soviet Union.
  • Providing strategic support in a variety of JDC offices in Europe and Asia.
  • Working with Israel’s most vulnerable populations including unemployed, youth-at-risk, elderly, and the disabled.
  • Running programs to enable orphaned youth to realize their maximum potential at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda
  • Developing Jewish enrichment programs for children and families across the globe.
  • Serving as a mentor and coordinator for volunteers serving in newly developed JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps placements.
  • In partnership with BBYO, the world’s largest pluralistic Jewish youth movement, fellows provide Jewish teen with meaningful Jewish experiences.


• College degree or equivalent and proven academic achievement
• Strong leadership, communication skills, adaptability, flexibility, and capacity to work independently
• Knowledge of other languages is valuable in many placements

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Jewish Service Corps faq

⊕ When will the 2018 - 2019 JDC Global Jewish Service Corp Application cycle open?

The next JSC application cycle will open in late 2017. Fill out the interest form above to recieve updates, you can learn more about this past JSC year in the following FAQ.

⊕ What is the JDC Jewish Service Corps?

The Jewish Service Corps (JSC) provides an opportunity for young Jews to serve with the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian aid organization through year-long, paid, individual service opportunities where JDC works around the world.

JSC fellows are catalysts for change, creating and facilitating innovative programs that respond to pressing Jewish and humanitarian challenges around the world.

JSC fellows work hands-on in a variety of communities, with varied responsibilities depending on placements.

⊕ Where do JSC fellows serve?

JDC works in over 70 countries around the world, and JSC fellows have served in global Jewish communities, Israel and in countries where JDC has non-sectarian projects.

⊕ How many people serve in each JSC placement?

The JSC is an individual experience, but each fellow is connected to the larger cohort of JSC fellows serving around the world throughout the year. Multiple fellows are sometimes based in the same location, while other locations only have one fellow each year.

⊕ How are JSC placements determined?

JDC seeks to specifically match each fellow’s skills and strengths with identified community needs. JSC placements are determined through this matchmaking process to ensure the right fit for the individual and the community.

Individuals are selected with specific placements in mind, and not as a group of fellows whose placements are determined after acceptance.

⊕ What does the JSC year look like?

1. The JSC Year begins with an Orientation for selected JSC fellows at JDC’s Headquarters in New York. Orientation typically takes place over the course of 3-4 days at the beginning of Fall.
2. Most JSC placements begin shortly after orientation.
3. JSC placements with our partner, the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, begin in December 2017 and end in November 2018.
4. JSC fellows gather in Israel for a Mid-Year Leadership and Training Seminar.
5. The JSC fellowship year ends in Fall 2018 for most placements.
6. While JSC fellows are placed around the world, the JSC program is managed by JDC Entwine. JSC fellows receive supervision and ongoing support throughout the year from JDC Entwine staff, as well as JDC field supervisors who may be based in the fellows’ country of service or in another overseas location.

⊕ What does JDC cover as part of the JSC program?

JDC covers international travel expenses and provides fellows with housing, modest monthly expenses, and health insurance.

⊕ What does housing look like during the JSC year?

In most locations, JSC fellows live in an apartment or a house in the community they serve. JSC fellows may share an apartment or a room with other JSC fellows in the same placement, depending on the placements. JSC fellows do not live in “home hospitality” style housing within their communities.

⊕ I just submitted my 2017-2018 JSC application online. What are the next steps?

Thank you for submitting your application! Applications are reviewed in January 2017. JSC interviews are scheduled throughout February and March 2017.

⊕ When will I hear if I have been accepted to the JSC?

All JSC applicants will be notified of their status by June 2017. We will be in touch with you during this process.

⊕ What does the interview process entail? When do interviews take place?

Throughout February and March, phone or Skype interviews will be scheduled for a number of JSC applicants. Email invitations for these interviews will be sent out starting late January through February, and the phone or Skype interviews will last about 20 minutes. Interviews are conducted by two JDC staff or alumni.

Following the preliminary round of interviews, a select number of JSC applicants will be invited to participate in a JSC Group Interview Day, which they will be informed of by the end of February 2017. Multiple interview days will take place in the U.S. and in Israel in the middle of March 2017. JDC will cover costs associated with attending the JSC Group Interview.

⊕ I applied, and have a spouse and family. Can they join me if I’m accepted?

The JSC program is open to applicants with spouses/partners and children; however, JDC only covers costs associated with the individual JSC fellow accepted to the program. The JSC fellow is responsible for any costs (such as flights, etc.) for family members should they choose to join the JSC fellow in their field placement locations. In the past, JSC fellows have chosen both to travel with/ without spouse and/or family to placements. If you and your spouse/partner both applied, you would both have to be accepted as JSC fellows in the same placement for JDC to cover you both

⊕ I still have more questions. Can I speak with someone?

Of course! We would be happy to schedule time to speak with you further! Please be in touch with to coordinate. We look forward to speaking soon!

⊕ How else can I get involved with JDC Entwine?

Serve for three to eight weeks with the Multi-Week Global Jewish Service Corps, an immersive opportunity to connect with overseas communities. Click here to learn more about Multi-Week opportunities.

Travel for one week with our college or young professional Insider Trips. Each of our trips offer a unique opportunity to understand and impact Jewish and humanitarian challenges around the world. Click here to learn about the 2017 trip offerings.

Entwine is a one-of-a-kind movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. We do this by offering service experiences in Jewish communities around the world, educational events and programs, and leadership development opportunities. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC works in 70 countries, specializing in humanitarian aid, Jewish community renewal and disaster relief. Learn more:

About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC): For over 95 years, JDC has provided rescue, relief, and renewal for Jewish communities outside of North America, helped Israel meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, and offered a Jewish response to natural and man-made disasters and non-sectarian development needs around the world. JDC's work in over 70 countries is inspired by Jewish values of mutual responsibility, that kol yisrael areivim zeh l'zeh (all of Israel is responsible for one another), and tikkun olam, that Jews have an obligation to repair the world. Learn more:


Lucy Cohen

Placement: Mumbai, India

Lucy is serving as a JDC-Pears Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Mumbai, India where she will be working with the JDC India team to build relationships with our existing local partners, oversee international teachers volunteering in the slums, and enrich Jewish education with her background in informal Jewish education.

Lucy is from North London and recently graduated from the University of Leeds with first class honors in Product Design (BSc). An active member of university life throughout her time at Leeds, Lucy was presented with the UJS Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life’. Lucy was the Campaigns and Interfaith Officer for her Jewish society and Faith Rep for the University Union. Lucy has been involved in Noam Masorti Youth since 2003, completing her gap year in Israel and leading several Israel tours and camps. Lucy has also been a regular volunteer and participant at Limmud. After volunteering in rural Ghana with Tzedek for two months in 2014, she returned as the Program Coordinator in 2015. Her time in Ghana cemented her interest in international development and inspired her to focus her final year dissertation on menstrual management in the developing world. Since graduating Lucy has been working for Tesco PLC as a buyer.

Ian Davis

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-Ashalim

Ian is serving as a Senior Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow with JDC’s Ashalim department in Israel, developing initiatives for disadvantaged Israeli youth in order to improve their quality of life and enable them to integrate successfully into Israeli society. Ian spent his first year as a JSC Fellow serving in Riga, Latvia.

Originally from Austin, TX, Ian graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a B.A. in International Affairs. An active participant in BBYO and Jewish camping, Ian chose to enrich his experiential understanding of Judaism on the gap-year program Kivunim. Through the year, he lived in Jerusalem and traveled to several Jewish communities abroad. At UGA, Ian furthered his interest in Jewish learning at the local Chabad house and organized informal campus forums of interfaith dialogue. Last year Ian served as a JSC fellow in Riga, Latvia, where he engaged local children, teenagers and students through informal programming. He is also an enthusiastic musician who has been known to diddle on the mandolin.

Avram Ellner

Placement: Mumbai, India

As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Mumbai, India, Avram is working with the local Jewish community to develop leadership training platforms, plan programming for youth, teens and young adults, and support existing cultural programming.

Avram graduated from Tufts University with a major in physics and a minor in philosophy. He completed a senior honors thesis in the Tufts biophysics laboratory entitled, “A Study of Neuron Growth on Micro-patterned PDMS Surfaces.” As an active member of the Hillel community at Tufts and their Israel Programming Fellow, Avram worked closely with staff to bring speakers to campus, mediated the coalition of campus Israel groups, and spearheaded Hillel’s new initiative, Visions of Peace, a multi-tiered initiative which works with Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations to promote peace within the region while striving to build bridges on campus. Avram also has a deep relationship with Camp Ramah in the Poconos, having been a camper for seven summers, worked as a counselor and Rosh Edah (Unit Head) for several summers. Avram is a musician and music-lover, playing both violin and guitar. As the guitarist of Not So Gentlemen, a Tufts blues-rock-funk trio, he has co-written an album and performed numerous shows.

Oz Fishman

Placement: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Oz is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working on a variety of community development and youth leadership programs with JDC’s partner, Hebraica, and supporting JDC’s programs locally.

Oz graduated from George Washington University in 2016, with a B.A. in Economics and Arabic. After serving as the International Teen President of BBYO, he spent much of his time in college building movements around important causes ranging from disaster relief to cancer research. In the spring of his junior year, he studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, conducting research on the relationship between income inequality and international trade in Israel. He hopes to someday go to architecture school and build communities in physical spaces.

Benjamin Forester

Placement: Budapest, Hungary

Benjamin (Benjy) is serving as the first JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Budapest, Hungary. Benjy is identifying opportunities for Jewish teens, creating innovative programs for the local youth movement, and building youth leadership capacity through trainings and camps.

A 2016 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Benjy looks forward to bringing his experience and passion for working with Jewish communities to a new frontier. Benjy studied Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, where he gained a broad perspective on how human beings think and act. Benjy has had significant formative leadership experiences, most recently as a Fellow on the Nachshon Project, a selective program designed to nurture and build a network of prospective Jewish leaders and professionals. Throughout his college years, Benjy worked in Jewish education as a 7th grade religious school teacher and served as Religious Life VP and President of Wash U Hillel.

Benjy also is a veteran member of the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin community, working for the past few summers with the Tikvah Program for campers with special needs, most recently as Rosh Aidah (“Unit Head”). Benjy served as a Fellow on the HebrewU JDC-Entwine Program while studying abroad in Jerusalem. Benjy is eager to bring his deep interest in people and the Jewish experience to his work with the JDC.

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Elia Ganon

Placement: Cologne, Germany

Elia is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Cologne, Germany supporting the Jewish community in developing programs for Jewish education and engagement.

Born in Germany, and raised most of her life in Los Angeles, Elia grew up in an Israeli household, and attended the University of California, San Diego where she received her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development. Her passion for working with people led her to work as a research assistant in a Children’s Development Lab, studying the relationships between child and caretaker, and at the Veterans Hospital of San Diego, specifically in the Military Sexual Trauma Clinic where she worked with patients with PTSD.

Passionate about her background, Elia became active in her Jewish and Israeli communities. She served on the board for Tritons for Israel and as Vice President of Philanthropy for her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. Elia hopes to attend Graduate School abroad and study Art Therapy. Elia enjoys traveling, writing, painting, meeting new people, and being active.

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Goldie Greenwald

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel-Unlimited

As a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow, Goldie is working at JDC-Israel’s Center for Disabilities, developing programs to meet the needs of Israel’s disabled and to advance independent living and integration of people with disabilities into Israeli society.

Originally from San Antonio, TX Goldie Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a B.S. in Social Work. During her college career she did her social work field placement with Easter Seals of Central Texas where she served parents of children with disabilities, providing group facilitation and individuals assessments through the parent support program. She also provided group facilitation for older adults through Jewish Family Services Austin.

Goldie most recently worked as a Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager at Front Steps, a nonprofit that helps serves the Austin homeless community. Goldie is a certified Zumba and Hip Hop Dance Fitness Instructor she currently works to use both passions of social work and dancing with a nonprofit in Austin called WeViva were she instructs hip hop with low income communities all around Austin. Following her year of service, Goldie will be attending Columbia University in New York to pursue an M.A. in Social Work.

Lauren Gross

Placement: ASYV, Rwanda

Lauren is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Originally from New Jersey, Lauren graduated from George Washington University in 2012, with a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating on International Development Studies and minoring in Sociocultural Anthropology. While in college, Lauren studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, working at a TB clinic, sparking her interest in global public health. After living in New York City for two years and working in healthcare marketing, Lauren moved to Israel to explore its biotech scene, culture and engage in its dynamic community. She worked at Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company, providing affordable medicines and health solutions to patients around the world. In this role, she is helping to bring the company’s brand to life and is a focal point for the 150+ communication professionals globally.

In her free time, Lauren is dedicated to volunteering, focused on helping the homeless and poorest communities. She brought Flames of Giving, a gift-giving program matching needy individuals with donors, to Israel. As the Israel program ambassador, she worked with the Ethiopian Absorption Center in Nahariya to provide families with clothing and computer tablets. Lauren also founded Helping Hands, an empowerment initiative to help mobilize people to give back to those less fortunate.

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Rebecca Haas

Placement: Copenhagen, Denmark

Rebecca (Becca) is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is developing and implementing innovative programming for teens and young adults, training youth leaders, and engaging in community-wide Jewish events.

Becca is originally from New Hampshire, and recently graduated from the University of Maryland. Throughout her childhood, Becca enjoyed immersed herself in the small, Jewish community of NH, participating in local NFTY events, and working as a Hebrew School teacher. During college, Becca explored leadership in various ways; serving on her sorority’s executive board, working as a coordinator for campus tour guides, leading orientation advisors for the university as a team leader, serving as vice president of the Greek Life Leadership organization, and being an active member in the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Following graduation, Becca volunteered as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon LeZion.

Aryeh Kalender

Placement: Riga, Latvia

Aryeh is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow at the Jewish Community Center in Riga, Latvia, where he is creating and facilitating innovative informal Jewish educational programming, training youth leaders, and developing curriculum for the local Jewish kindergarten.

Aryeh graduated in 2016, from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Jewish studies and a minor in Global Poverty. Aryeh has been deeply involved in the Jewish community for his entire life. He is a active participant in a number of kehilot, a day school graduate and has spent 10 summers at Camp Ramah in New England, where he currently runs the leadership program. He sits on the community board for the Maryland Hillel and well as co-founded Ometz – Maryland’s egalitarian prayer community.

Aryeh served as an Alternative Break Fellow, spending time in Kiryat Gat, Israel, with an Ethiopian family, then later planning and leading his own alternative break trip to rural Jamaica, with a focus upon systems of poverty and volunteering in education. Additionally, Aryeh creates positive Israel education programs for Maryland’s J Street U chapter, and as part of the Jewish Leadership Council, sits on a community think tank, helping professionals and community leaders to devise effective student programs. Aryeh was a University of Maryland tour guide for prospective students and has worked as a supplementary school education creating and teaching sophisticated Israel sessions for high school students. Aryeh is thrilled and honored to be part of the Jewish social justice world.

Elissa Katz

Placement: Odessa, Ukraine

Elissa is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Odessa, Ukraine, planning youth camps, Shabbatonim, leadership training platforms, and community-wide programs for Jewish children, teens, and families.

Elissa was born in Westchester, NY to Ukrainian parents who emigrated from Odessa in 1979. In 2013, Elissa graduated from the University of Hartford with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies. During her time in university, she enjoyed planning lessons as a student teacher in a Hartford Public School as well as teaching Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes. She was also active on her campus Hillel through the Peer Network Engagement Internship while co-leading a NFTY chapter at a local congregation.

Through her 15 years of involvement in the Labor-Zionist Youth Movement Habonim Dror, she worked as a Madricha and provided leadership training for Madrichim in Training. Pursuing her passion for informal Jewish education, Elissa made Aliyah to Haifa in 2013 and spent the past two years working on Habonim Dror's Workshop Gap Year program as a Curriculum Coordinator, Educator, and Tour Guide. She and her team have designed programming which provides 18-year-old students with the critical tools they need as young leaders to develop their Jewish identities and to affect positive change in their lives and in Israeli society. Her love of education spread beyond America and Israel in 2015 when she traveled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Odessa in the Former Soviet Union to work in Jewish Agency summer camps as an Israeli Emissary and Madricha.

Daniel Koas

Placement: Izmir, Turkey

Daniel is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Izmir, Turkey, where he is working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs.

Born and raised in Israel until age five, Daniel lived for a few years in Australia with his family before spending most of his life in New York. He graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a degree in American Studies and a minor in history. At Brandeis, he pursued his passion for work in higher education, working as a Senior Interviewer for Admissions, alumni Reunion Coordinator, and as a new student Orientation Leader. Interested in media and politics, he also hosted two weekly campus radio shows and interned as a news writer for WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. He made sure to return to Australia in his junior year. During his time in Sydney, Daniel worked for an environmental non-profit organization and explored a beautiful country.

Daniel is a veteran of Camp Ramah in Nyack, where he worked for four summers. For the past two summers, he has worked with high school students in United Synagogue Youth (USY), most recently as the Group Leader for a five-week trip to Poland and Israel.

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Joey Leskin

Placement: Istanbul, Turkey

Joey is serving as the Senior Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Istanbul, Turkey, working to enhance and enrich teen programming and youth leadership initiatives, as well as develop community-wide programs and long term strategies for young adult engagement. Joey spent his first year as a JSC Fellow serving in Izmir, Turkey.

Joey is a Yemenite Jew from London, UK and has been a member of RSY-Netzer youth movement since the age of 15. After university he became one of the directors, managing the Leadership Development Course and Israel Tour programs. He received a B.A. in International Relations and Global Issues at the University of Nottingham before going on to graduate with an MA in the same subject in 2012. He also worked as a tour guide and journalist in London, and provided consultancy and education to British Jewish youth movements on minorities in Israel.

Samantha Vallarino Levinson

Placement: JDC Regions, Bulgaria

Samantha (Sam) is serving as the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow supporting JRegions in the Baltics and Balkans. Based in Bulgaria, Samantha develops innovative programming for young individuals to exchange ideas and enrich their leadership capacities and the bonds inside their community.

Sam Levinson is from the Washington D.C. area and recently graduated Indiana University, Bloomington in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. Before college Sam deferred a year to serve as the International President of BBYO, throughout that year Sam worked with the JSC/BBYO partnership fellows and she had the opportunity to visit them in; Bulgaria, Turkey, and Israel. Sam is passionate about progressive politics and deferred a semester of college to run a gubernatorial campaign office and intern for a Congresswoman’s Washington D.C. office. While in college Sam has interned for a Senate race and worked as the Get Out The Vote Director for the Monroe County Democratic Party. During the summers Sam has interned for various campaigns and a political consulting firm. Sam studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand her second semester junior year where she took classes focusing on Southeast Asian development, gender, religion, and culture.

Marie-Claire Levy

Placement: ASYV, Rwanda

Marie-Claire is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Marie-Claire grew up in Jacksonville, FL and currently resides in Hamburg, Germany. Marie-Claire graduated in 2015 from Florida State University with a B.A. in International Affairs with concentrations in Portuguese, NGOs, and Emergency Management. Marie-Claire started working at age fourteen at the same Jewish preschool she attended and later went on to teach swim lessons there. Marie-Claire also held jobs through several departments at FSU including Housing, Campus Recreation, and Sustainability.

This past year, Marie-Claire worked as an Au Pair and has become fluent in German thanks to the three young girls she cared for. One of Marie-Claire's main activities for the last decade has been volunteering for and participating in CISV programs. CISV is an NGO dedicated to building global friendship through cross-cultural interactions. She has served on various committees and has represented the USA as a delegate to international camps on five different occasions. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, travelling, cooking, reading, and playing with her German Shepherds.

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Samantha Notowich

Placement: Berlin, Germany

Samantha is serving as the JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Berlin, Germany where she is working with Jewish young professionals planning and implementing creative programing. She is also working with the Jewish community on identifying opportunities for teenagers.

Samantha grew up in Memphis, TN. She attended Indiana University and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Journalism specializing in Public Relation, and a certificate in Jewish Studies. Samantha studied abroad on a program called Semester at Sea and fell in love with travel. While abroad, her program traveled to 11 countries throughout Asia and Africa. In college, Samantha was involved in numerous Jewish organizations such as: Alpha Epsilon Phi, the Chabad House, and the Hillel Center. Samantha was also member of Indiana University Dance Marathon and fundraised over $4,000 for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. In high school she was involved with BBYO serving as Chapter Treasurer, and eventually became the first Regional Treasurer/Secretary.

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Nicole Patolai

Placement: Israel (TEVET)

Nicole is serving as a Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Israel with TEVET, a JDC initiative that aims to tackle employment related issues. She will assist TEVET in producing powerful fundraising and marketing materials and tools, developing strategic models and systems for the department, and providing English language courses to staff.

Nicole Patolai has been working at the Jewish Federation of San Diego County for just over three years, helping to connect San Diegans to meaningful service-learning and educational opportunities abroad. She is incredibly passionate about the future of the Jewish people, and holds roles on the boards of several committees both inside and outside the Jewish community. Nicole recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Psychology, where she led much of the pro-Israel student movement. Nicole is interested in international affairs and international development, and is passionate about advancing human rights.

Adrian Rabin

Placement: Helsinki, Finland

Adrian is serving as a JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Helsinki, Finland, where she is implementing programing for children, teens and young adults in the Jewish community and assists teaching Hebrew in the Jewish Day School.

Adrian graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a BA in Biology and English. After high school, Adrian spent a gap year in Israel with the Nativ program, where she studied at Hebrew University, volunteered as a First Responder with Magen David Adom and taught English in a small development town in the Negev Desert. At Emory, Adrian was active in campus life, planning campus-wide events and facilitating leadership conferences for the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. She spent a summer abroad at the University of Oxford through Emory’s British Studies program. Adrian also participated in Emory’s SIRE- HHMI Research Partners Program, where she worked on vaccine development in the laboratory. She has also interned at the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation in Washington D. C. and as a journalist in CNN’s Health News Unit in Atlanta. These experiences brought together her passions for science and policy, and Adrian plans to attend law school following her service with the JDC.

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Darren Rabinowitz

Placement: ASYV, Rwanda

Darren is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Darren Rabinowitz is an educator, cultural diplomat and performing artist. He holds a B.A. from American University in interdisciplinary studies that focused on theatre, dance and international relations. He has been engaged in Jewish education with American University's Hillel hosting workshops for college students pertaining to religion, ritual, performance and identity. Darren spent 6 months in South Africa, studying at the University of Cape Town where he conducted research for his one man show senior thesis 'Baggage Claim' which was awarded the Best Oral Presentation or Performance in the Performing Arts by a Junior or Senior at the 25th Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference. This performance relied on the history of his mother's family and how this history manifests itself within him. Darren continues to investigate how identity, family and history can be viewed through performance.

Darren is a flying trapeze instructor at Trapeze School New York in DC and has performed at the White House. In addition, he is an experiential Jewish educator at Temple Micah in Washington D.C for 6th graders. He considers himself to be a jack-of-all-trades and enjoys walks in nature, having deep conversations over tea and playing music with his brothers.

Romi Rutovitz

Placement: Warsaw, Poland

As the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Warsaw Poland, Romi assists the Jewish Community Center staff in the development of new and innovative programs, as well as in the development of their social media platforms and online presence. She engages with visitors from all over the world teaching about emerging Jewish life in Poland through interactive tours of the JCC.

Romi graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) with a double B.A. in Communication and International Studies. During her degree she undertook two semesters abroad in Milan learning all about Italian and European culture. As Campus Chairperson for the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) at UTS, Romi had the opportunity to work closely with Jewish and non-Jewish students, community organizations and fellow student bodies throughout Australia. Representing AUJS on their annual Leadership Development Program in 2010/2011, Romi visited Jewish organizations in the USA, Vienna, Austria and Israel to learn more about the global Jewish community.

After graduating in 2013, Romi moved to the capital of Australia, Canberra, to commence working in media and public affairs for the Australian Federal Government. Since moving to Canberra, Romi has been an integral part of building up the Jewish young adult presence - developing and promoting both cultural and social activities for the small community. Romi is always up for an adventure and in her spare time loves baking, sport, meeting new friends and exploring new places.

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Shayna Saliman

Placement: ASYV, Rwanda

Shayna is serving with three other Global Jewish Service Corps Fellows at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. ASYV enables vulnerable youth to realize their maximum potential by providing them with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education and necessary life skills.

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Shayna graduated in 2016 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. An active member of her Jewish community, Shayna worked in the kitchen at Hillel and regularly attended her local Israeli Dance session. She also spent a semester living in Israel during her sophomore year of high school.

Eager to learn about public service, Shayna worked as a US House Page during her junior year of high school. In college interned at the US State Department where she assembled diplomatic briefings for new officers. Shayna later studied abroad in Edinburgh, interning at the Scottish Parliament. There she helped with the Scottish independence referendum campaign, worked on constituency casework, and satisfied her travel itch by backpacking across Europe. Passionate about social justice, she interned at a variety of nonprofits throughout her time in college, such as Not For Sale, an organization that combats human trafficking. Shayna hopes to pursue a career in international development and is thrilled to learn all that she can from her placement in Rwanda. She loves reading, dancing, learning, cooking, outdoors adventures, and exploring new places.

Amanda Usprech

Placement: Jerusalem, Israel Eshel

Amanda (Mandy) is serving as the Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Jerusalem, Israel, in JDC’s Eshel department, which is working to provide the resources and support for older citizens in Israel to live independently.

Mandy is a polyglot, who has lived extensively in four continents, a dancer who is dedicated to social justice and has a passion for policy. She holds a bilingual degree (French-English) in Political Science and Journalism from Glendon-York University in Toronto, Canada. After graduating, she hit the ground running working for Ontario's Parliament in education policy. In her role as an education policy officer, she meets with visiting foreign delegations to discuss Ontario's unique framework on education. This opportunity allowed Mandy to work in South Korea on a Canada-South Korea partnership for a year.

After reading about the demand for innovative educators needed in the periphery of Israel to teach English, she uprooted from South Korea to Rehovot, Israel. She spent a year teaching at an underprivileged religious elementary school with an Ethiopian-Israeli student base. Mandy then began working at the Claims Conference, helping Holocaust survivors testify against the crimes of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Mandy continued with her love of diplomacy and graduated the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a Masters in Diplomacy magna cum laude. In her spare time, Mandy can be found hiking the Israel Trail, or tweaking her ballet technique.

Shoshana Weiner

Placement: Tallinn, Estonia

Shoshana is serving as the Roslyn Z. Wolf JDC-BBYO Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia. She is creating and innovating informal Jewish educational programming and youth leadership programs in Tallinn and throughout the Baltic region.

As a 2016 graduate of Tufts University, double majoring in Geology and French, Shoshana integrated her deep sense of Jewish identity into her student life. She was actively involved in Tufts Hillel, serving on the student board and interning for the Cummings Foundation for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Shoshana lived in Jerusalem, Israel, in summer 2014 where she interned through Onward Israel at Tevel b’Tzedek, an Israeli NGO invested in tikkun olam. In spring 2015, Shoshana moved to Paris to pursue her love of all things French at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. There, she studied French literature and Art History and immersed herself in the rich arts and cultural heritage of the city. In her spare time, you can find Shoshana outside on a training run in preparation for her next marathon, on the trails of the White Mountains, talking about rocks and minerals, reading a mystery novel, or browsing the cheese aisle in search of a taste of Paris.

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