Inside Jewish Greece + Global CO:LAB in partnership with Junction Europe

July 9, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Applications for this trip are now closed. If you're interested in this experience, please email
Explore the ancient Jewish community of Greece and come together with young leaders and change-makers from across the globe through this unique travel and learning opportunity.

A dynamic two-part experience: the first half of the trip will include an in-depth exploration of the Jewish community in Athens, Greece, including touring of this magnificent, ancient city. The second half of the trip will bring the group to Thessaloniki, a beautiful city sitting on the Thermaic gulf, for a weekend summit with young Jewish leaders from across Europe.

A collaboration between JDC Entwine and Junction Europe, this year’s Global CO:LAB will bring together young leaders and change-makers from across the globe to:

  • explore key trends, challenges and opportunities facing global Jewish communities
  • lead conversations on global Jewish responsibility for OUR generation
  • celebrate a unique, pluralistic Shabbat together
  • join a global network of young Jewish leaders
  • all with the breathtaking background of coastal Greece

Other Trip Highlights:

  • Discover Jewish sites in Athens and learn about the rich and ancient history of the Greek Jewish community.
  • Gain first-hand understanding of the Jewish community's current challenges through meaningful site visits and briefing with JDC professionals and local community leaders.
  • Participate in a Global CO:LAB alongside Junction Europe and network with Jewish European peers.
  • Connect with the Jewish community in Greece and experience the unique Greek culture.
  • Sample the local cuisine and culture.

Trip Dates: July 9-15, 2018 (GROUND DATES ONLY, does not include international flight)

Participation fee: $1,500*

(This trip has been highly subsidized in order to provide greater access and opportunity. Average actual cost of an Entwine Insider Trip is estimated at $4,500/person.)

Participation fee includes:

  • Local transportation within Greece
  • Meals
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

*Please note that your participation fee does not include int’l airfare to/from Greece.

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Trip Co-Chairs: Tamara Fathi & Alex Turchinsky

About JDC in Greece: JDC’s partnership with the Greek Jewish community dates back to 1915, when funds were sent to the Chief Rabbi of Thessaloniki. JDC has helped equip the local Jewish elementary schools, rebuilt the Jewish quarter nearly destroyed in a fire, established a micro-financing program for the poor, and aided refugees fleeing Greece prior to Nazi occupation. More than 85% of Greek Jews perished during the Second World War, and most of the survivors immigrated to Israel. But for the 7,000 Jews who remained, JDC aided with emigration, earthquake relief, long-term credit programs, vocational training, and medical assistance. As the community became self-sustaining by the mid-1960s, JDC began to partner with local institutions to help cultivate future community leaders and ensure a viable Jewish future in Greece.

About Junction: Junction, an initiative of the JDC, the Schusterman Foundation, and YESOD, seeks to empower young Jewish adults and professionals to engage with the pan-European Jewish community by providing innovative international opportunities that connect them to each other and to meaningful, relevant, and forward-looking Jewish spaces. Junction envisions diverse experiences for European Jews who are dynamic, inspired, and innovative, and takes an active part in pan-European Jewry in order to foster global Jewish life, relevant for the present and future.


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