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JSC Winter Experience | ROMANIA

Volunteer Placement

The JSC Multi-Week Experience in Romania is an opportunity for young adults passionate about education, youth engagement or the global Jewish community to deeply connect with the local community in Timisoara. While Romania’s Jewish community is predominately based in the capital of Bucahrest, there are small but vibrant and welcoming communities throughout the country like Timisoara, as well as Lasi, Oradea, and Cluj.

Fellows are based Timisoara, working at the local preschool and JCC. In addition to daily activities in Timisoara, Fellows will help organize gatherings and larger events across Romania’s smaller Jewish communities.

About the Jewish Community in Romania:

Romania is today home to some 10,000 Jews. The country became part of the Soviet bloc following World War II and suffered greatly under its long-time communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, who left the nation in dire economic straits when he was overthrown and executed in December 1989. It wasn't until 1996, when the former communists still dominating the government were finally swept from power that Romania began to undertake serious social and economic reforms. Its obsolete infrastructure and industrial base hampered its transition to a market economy, and macroeconomic gains have yet to overcome widespread poverty. Romania joined the European Union in 2007.

JDC returned to Romania in 1967 with a large-scale relief operation mounted in response to the effects of chronic poverty on some of Romania's most at-risk communities. More than 40 years later, poverty, rising inflation, and the ongoing effects of the global economic crisis continue to plague Romania's most vulnerable citizens. These include elderly Nazi victims who have no family left to assist them, and at-risk.

Working with the Jewish community, JDC established the Children in Need program, which provides food, medicines, and school supplies to needy children. JDC's other relief efforts include: cash and medical assistance, meals-on-wheels, home care, and other services for aging Holocaust survivors, support for the Rosen Home for the Aged, Jewish summer and winter camps and other Jewish community life activities for families, and a Day Center for the Aged.

JDC is also committed to growing and strengthening a new generation of local community leaders. Its leadership programs for youth and the middle generation include Hadracha College courses for those in the Young Jewish Leadership Program, as well as international seminars and conferences for youth and adults.

What will Fellows do:

Multi-Week Fellows in Romania work to create programs that provide a meaningful platform for Romanian Jews of all ages to connect to Judaism and the community including:

  • Volunteering in the local Jewish school, developing after-school workshops in arts and crafts, Israeli dances, Hebrew and teaching English through storytelling. In addition, Fellows are expected to run a “Camp Day” with fun and educational activities in a summer camp format.
  • Assisting with the Madrichim (counselor) training program, leading sessions on developing leadership and volunteerism, and serving as a mentor to encourage involvement in the local youth group.
  • Planning three different Shabbatonim (weekends), meant to engage Jewish young adults from the Baltic region. These Shabbatonim will be a celebratory finale of the JSC Multi-week Experience. During these Shabatonim, Fellows will prepare and facilitate learning sessions, team building activities and debates for the young professionals and teens.
  • Fellows will regularly visit and develop interactive projects with residents of the Old Age home and conduct home visits for community members in need (elderly and children with special needs).

Program Dates:
Sep. 20, - Nov. 20,2017

*Dates are flexible

Application Deadline:
August 31, 2017

Desired Qualifications:
• Jewish Informal/ formal education background
• Youth group/ camp background
• Event planning experience
• Teaching background a plus!
• Flexible, independent, motivated

Participation Fee: $1000 *
This includes:

• Housing
• Group activities and excursions
• Airport pick up/drop off in overseas location
• Some meals
• Comprehensive health and emergency evacuation insurance
• On-the-ground staff support

This does not include:
• Int'l airfare
• Most meals
• Visa (not required for US passport holders)
• Local transportation
• Leisure activities
• Personal expenses

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The applications for the Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps - Fall/Winter 2017 session is now open!
Fill out this form if you're interested in applying and we will send you an email with the application link!

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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:

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