Siberia and Mongolia
Ulan Bataar, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Yakutsk
More information: Rebecca Neuwirth, Director of JDC Ambassadors, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boldly go with JDC and explore the frosty frontier.
Discover a miraculous revival of Jewish life. Meet local families and witness their everyday challenge to survive. Experience breathtaking landscapes, ride on a dog sled and take part in a true Jewish adventure.
In the 1930s and 40s, Jews were transported to Siberia and were forced into Soviet prison camps after being accused of "anti-Soviet" activities. Others fled to the area on their own in order to escape Soviet repression and Nazi persecution. There is still to this day a strong presence of Jews in Siberia, approaching approximately 50,000 Jews.
Since the fall of Communism, a revival of Jewish life and community has been taking place, including the reopening of a Jewish school, several synagogues, and a Bar/Bat Mitzvah project launched through JDC. In addition, JDC cares for thousands of elderly Jews who are living in poverty.
Spend time with this unique Jewish community and see Siberia at its most spectacular.
Registration deadline: November 30, 2013
Cost: $8,500 per person (covers in-country travel, unique visits, hotels, meals and guides; does not include transatlantic flight)
Co-chairs: Cheryl Fishbein, JDC Ambassador, & Phil Schatten, JDC Board
Participation requires a meaningful gift to help JDC’s rescue, relief, and renewal programs around the world (minimum $10,000).
* All trips are subject to change.
**Priority for JDC Ambassadors trips are given to members of our Ambassadors Circle and Society.