Take a Jewish Journey through the magical cities of St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Tallinn

Join JDC for a trip into some of the world’s most fascinating Jewish communities: those of the Baltic Triangle. Throughout the 20th Century, as Europe was recovering from WWII and Nazi atrocities and the USSR attempted to stifle Jewish life and tradition, many Jews in the region hid their Judaism or emigrated, but today, these communities are experiencing an inspiring resurgence. Together, we will explore this complex history and rich culture in three capital cities along the Gulf of Finland.

Together with the acclaimed scholar-in-residence, Rabbi David Wolpe and members of the local communities you visit, you’ll get an inside look at how the Jewish world cares for Holocaust Survivors, poor elderly Jews and how we’re nurturing the next hopeful Jewish generation of families and children.

Traveling with JDC is a rare window into the corners of the global Jewish community that often go unseen, and an opportunity to witness firsthand the life-changing work we’re doing around the world. There is no more meaningful or authentic way to explore the breadth and depth of the Jewish experience than alongside the people nurturing and sustaining it.

Highlights:
• In St. Petersburg, visit the flagship YESOD JCC to experience the city’s dynamic, multigenerational Jewish community.
• Spend quality time at the Hesed Humanitarian Center that lay at the heart of JDC’s life-saving work with the region’s impoverished and meet with the elderly clients who benefit from your support.
• Tour beautiful St. Petersburg and the Hermitage Museum, amidst the backdrop of St. Petersburg famed White Nights.
• Come face to face with a new generation of Jews in Helsinki, Finland—and meet the leaders who are shaping this exciting new chapter in their Jewish history.
• Walk the cobbled streets of the magnificent, World Heritage-listed Old City of Tallinn, Estonia.
• Celebrate an unforgettable Shabbat and Havdalah ceremony with young leaders in the Baltic States.

Dates & Destinations:
Monday, June 1 – Sunday, June 7, 2020
St. Petersburg, Russia | Helsinki, Finland | Tallinn, Estonia

Sunday, May 31st, 2020 | Optional extension: Additional touring in St. Petersburg

Trip package will include: ground transportation, travel between countries, unique visits, hotels, meals, guides and processing fees; they do not include cost of transatlantic flights or Visas. Costs represent actual expenses for JDC.

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Contact David Zackon david.zackon@jdc.org for further information

JDC Missions are offered exclusively to individuals who make a minimum annual gift commitment of $5,000 to support JDC’s rescue, relief, and renewal programs around the world.

Rabbi David Wolpe, Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. He was named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA.

Rabbi Wolpe, a weekly columnist for Time.com, has been published and profiled in the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” website, the Huffington Post, and the New York Jewish Week. In addition, he has been featured in series on PBS, A&E, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His new book is titled David, the Divided Heart. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.

Rabbi Wolpe has received a number of awards, including the Human Spirit Award from the Wellness Community and a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism (2009)