Inside Jewish India with BBYO

December 20, 2017 - December 28, 2017

Applications are now closed. 

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

This winter, JDC Entwine and BBYO are partnering to offer undergraduate BBYO Alumni a one-of-a-kind experience in India! Participants will have the opportunity to connect with passionate BBYO alumni from campuses across North America and engage personally with issues facing Jewish communities abroad. Through meaningful cultural exchange, participants will connect with local Jewish college-aged peers to learn about Jewish life in India, form meaningful new friendships, and drive connections with local youth in an effort to make one interconnected global Jewish community! 

India has a rich history of religious tolerance, where Jews have been able to freely practice their faith here for over 2,000 years. Nonetheless, India’s huge population, significant poverty, and limited government-run social services have created significant social challenges, leading the Jewish community to create together with JDC a community-based social welfare system. With our peers, we’ll explore these challenges, and learn about JDC’s rescue, relief and renewal work in India and worldwide. 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Travel with a diverse group of BBYO college alumni from across North America and around the world
  • Network and exchange with Indian-Jewish peers
  • Travel throughout the Mumbai region to gain a first-hand understanding of the community's history and current challenges through meaningful site visits and briefings with JDC professionals and local community leaders
  • Celebrate a meaningful Shabbat with Indian-peers
  • Sample the local cuisine and enjoy a shopping excursion in India’s markets

You can view a sample itinerary here

Trip Dates: December 20-28, 2017

Participation Fee: $1,850 per person. 

*Thanks to the support of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, we have applied a $2,000 scholarship to subsidize the cost of this trip

The trip cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from NYC to Mumbai, India
  • Local transportation within India
  • Meals
  • Hotel accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double or triple rooms)
  • Briefings, tours, and leisure activities
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance

To learn more click here for a FAQ.

Flight Details: TBA

About JDC in India:

India, the world’s fastest growing economy and most populous democracy, is a colorful mosaic of coexisting cultures and faiths. India’s Jews—who trace their roots as far as 2,000 years back—are among them, openly practicing in larger communities in Mumbai and Thane and much smaller ones in cities including Pune, Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Kerala (Cochin), Delhi, Kolkata and the Konkan Villages.

Because of India’s huge population and significant poverty, the country’s limited government-run social services are massively overloaded. The Jewish or Bene Israel community lack the welfare infrastructure to meet all of the needs of poor, elderly, and vulnerable Jews among them.

JDC, operational in India for over four decades, partners with various local organizations to ensure the development of critical care for Jews in need and a viable future for the community.

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