Kharkov is the second largest city in Ukraine and the former capital. Located in the northeast of the country, Kharkov is a major cultural, scientific, educational and industrial center, with a population of approximately 1,500,000. In the years following World War II, the remnants of Kharkov's Jewish community managed to maintain an underground Jewish life, despite communist persecution and anti-Semitism. When the Iron Curtain fell at last, and Ukraine became independent, the Jews of Kharkov were finally able to work openly to renew and restore Jewish life. In 1997, JDC opened an office in Kharkov to assist in the enormous task of Jewish communal revival, playing a leading role in establishing and cultivating a Jewish Community Center, a Hesed Welfare Center and a network of educational facilities.
Today, Kharkov boasts an active group of lay leaders, who, together with JDC, are working to establish key communal institutions and create a self-sustaining Jewish community with a promising future. One such local communal institute is the "Hillel IT School", a technological educational platform functioning as a social business. Run by a local graduate of JDC's leadership programs, the Hillel IT School works closely with the Jewish community, offering a wide verity of free or mostly subsidized classes – from basic digital skills lessons for first graders, to teaching bed-ridden elderly how to get online and connect with the outside world. This summer the Hillel IT School will offer a digital training camp for teenagers, teaching topics such as coding or robotics.
Ukraine is home to the third largest Jewish community in Europe—the fifth largest in the world. Like much of former Soviet Jewry, Ukraine’s Jews have survived the pogroms and the Holocaust, and outlasted Communist Jewish oppression. Today, though the country is struggling with economic turmoil and aging infrastructure, its Jewish community is growing, working tirelessly to assist its needy and to foster leadership among its most dedicated.
JDC reentered Ukraine to rebuild the shattered remnants of Jewish life following the fall of the Soviet Union. Faced with the acute suffering of Jews made vulnerable by the difficult political and economic transition, including the hyperinflation of the early 1990s, JDC began providing critical food, medicine, and other support that continues as its hallmark in the region.
July 10-11: Orientation in Kharkov
July 12-August 9: Work in the Hillel IT Camp
Throughout the summer, approximately 40 campers between the ages of 9-14 will participate in the Hillel IT Camp. Campers will receive specialized English language instruction with a focus on tech vocabulary, and will learn a variety of subjects, ranging from social media, to coding and robotics. The focus on these areas will give young campers an advantage in the field of technology that will help them as they move through high school and university.
• Background or interest working with children and young adults
• Informal Jewish educational experience and or camp experience
• Energetic, flexible, open minded, and independent
• Passion for volunteerism and instilling the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam
• Technological skills are a plus
• Fluency in Russian is not required; however, knowledge of the language is a plus.
Participation Fee: $500
• Group activities and excursions
• Airport pick up/drop off in overseas location
• Meals while at Camp
• Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance
• On-the-ground staff support
This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Meals while not at Camp
• Visa (not required for US passport holders)
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses
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