May 18, 2010

University of Washington Students Begin Preparations for Volunteering in Ethiopia

Students from the University of Washington Hillel will soon embark on a trip to volunteer with JDC programs in Ethiopia as part of JDC Short Term Service.   

Check out their first blog post about the orientation process for the trip at University of Washington Hillel: Orientation #1!

About JDC Short Term Service:
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is seeking to connect young, North American Jews to the global Jewish community through Short-Term Service Programs for college students and young adults. Through meaningful volunteer projects directly connected to JDC’s global programs, participants take action to meet challenges facing Jewish communities abroad, gain insight into global Jewish needs, connect with local Jewish peers, and explore notions of global Jewish identity and collective responsibility. Participants return home feeling a real responsibility to care for their Jewish “family” overseas, and prepared to take action on behalf of the community they visited.

By the end of 2010, nearly 800 North American Jewish young adults will have experienced a JDC Short-Term Service Program and served in communities around the globe, from Israel, to Kazakhstan, to Argentina, to Rwanda.

For more information on JDC’s service programs, visit

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