On January 7, 21 students from KU Hillel will travel to Bulgaria and Romania through KU Hillel’s European Leadership Mission (ELM). KU Hillel has paired up with the Entwine division of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to provide an insider trip to these two countries.
ELM, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s Israel and Overseas Committee, is a high-level trip designed for Jewish student leaders at the University of Kansas. ELM will provide students with a deeper understanding of the economic and social issues that the Jewish communities in Bulgaria and Romania experience on a daily basis.
“Our educational system does a nice job teaching about Jewish life in the United States and Israel. I love that we can provide this once in a lifetime opportunity to so many young Jews to learn about Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the incredible work our Federation and the JDC do there.
This year’s group has already participated in a number of pre-session meetings and Shabbat dinners to learn more about what the JDC is and Kansas City’s partnership with the communities of Sofia and Bucharest. Jay Lewis, KU Hillel’s Executive Director, Melissa Kingston KU Hillel’s Program Director and Jen Berman, JDC’s Program Assistant and KU Hillel alum, will lead the trip to Bulgaria and Romania departing on January 7.