Inside Jewish Ukraine 2018: Russian-Speaking Jewish Young Professionals

March 18, 2018 - March 25, 2018

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Inside Jewish Ukraine is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover the renaissance of Jewish life in post-communist Ukraine, including the cities of Kharkov and Odessa. Travel with a cohort of likeminded peers to engage with thriving Jewish communities in Kharkov - Ukraine's second largest city, with a vibrant Jewish community - and in Odessa - a charming historical city on the shores of the Black Sea.
This is a uniquely crafted global Jewish service program tailored specifically for young professionals from a Russian Speaking Jewish (RSJ) background. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other passionate RSJ’s from across North America and engage personally with issues facing Jewish communities abroad.
Itinerary Highlights:
  • Explore the revitalization and development of Jewish life in Kharkov and Odessa, cities rich in history, culture, and art
  • Learn through interactive site visits, discussions, and walking tours about Ukrainian history, a country that has been a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe for centuries.   
  • Enjoy a cross-cultural Shabbat experience with the local Jewish community
  • Connect with Ukrainian peers
  • Lend a hand by performing service work in the Ukrainian Jewish community with the elderly, teens and children
Subsidized Participation Fee: $1,000 USD 
This trip is made possible with the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group.
The trip cost includes:
  • Roundtrip international airfare from NYC to Ukraine
  • Domestic roundtrip flights 
  • Local transportation within Ukraine
  • Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations (note: the participation fee covers accommodations in double or triple rooms)
  • Site visits, briefings, tours, etc.
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
To learn more click here for a FAQ.
About JDC in Ukraine: 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.

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