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Grants in North America

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Entwine

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Entwine

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries today.

JDC leverages a century’s experience confronting poverty and crisis around the world to support the world’s poorest Jews, revitalize Jewish life, empower Israel’s future, develop tomorrow’s Jewish leaders and rescue victim of global emergencies. Entwine is an initiative of the JDC for young Jewish advocates, influencers, and leaders, who seek to make a lasting impact on the global Jewish community.

Entwine envisions building an expanding movement of up and coming Jewish advocates, influencers, and leaders who are aware of, take action, and respond to international Jewish needs, as well as to foster stronger connections between young Jews in America with their counterparts in other Diaspora communities and in Israel, enhancing their commitment to the value that all Jews are responsible for each other.

In 2015, with support from Genesis Philanthropy Group, Entwine developed and implemented an Insider Trips and Learning Network pilot program for Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) college students and young professionals. Geared toward engaging the RSJ community in Jewish service programs, this project includes pre-trip, in field, and follow up programming. Each Insider Trip consists of a 7-10 day overseas experience, which will include a service project as well as meetings with local community leaders and Jewish peers. Participants learn about the challenges facing diverse Jewish communities and how the American Jewish community is responding to overseas needs while forming bonds with other RSJ trip participants.

Entwine Learning Networks are locally based micro-communities of like-minded Jewish peers. They allow service alumni to follow through on plans made during Insider Trips and to demonstrate leadership through project implementation. Each Learning Network is led by a volunteer planning group of young Jews who conceptualize and spearhead the educational programming. Entwine will encourage RSJ Insider Trip alumni to become leaders in their Network cities, bringing their experiences and perspectives to their peers, as well as raising awareness and a greater understanding of the RSJ community through programming specifically focused on related topics.

Financial support for this program is being provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and contributions from trip participants.

Goals and Objectives

  • Strengthen RSJ young adults’ commitment to global Jewish responsibility.
  • Create a shared sense of community within the group of RSJ participants and pride in their shared RSJ identity.
  • Develop a cadre of RSJ leaders in the Entwine Networks, encouraging them to become more represented and integrated in the larger movement of young Jews.
  • Empower activism in RSJ participants’ local communities once they return home, sharing their unique perspective with their peers.
  • Develop greater awareness of RSJ life and culture in local communities.

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