Journey with us.


Each year, thousands of young Jews join JDC Entwine to explore the world. The places they go impact them, and they in turn create an impact. From Mumbai to Kiev, to Rwanda and Beijing, they learn about the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's (JDC) century of international humanitarian aid work and how we are part of one Jewish world. Immerse yourself in the diversity of interconnected global communities.  Where will you go? What will your impact be?


The event offers guests the opportunity to engage with a variety of components exploring the interconnected global Jewish world. These include:

  1. Gallery featuring artifacts and audio-guided stories from Entwine participants in the field
  2. Immersive installation of a Babushka’s home in Kiev, a JDC Hesed client
  3. Immersive installation of Rwanda and ASYV
  4. Bar with activities that engage guests in conversation and which will also be the location for remarks and a short film emphasizing the values of Jewish global responsibility.

In order to manage the flow of people through the exhibit and ensure that  guests can explore each component without any getting too crowded at any giving point, guests will receive a postcard with a user journey.



Guests explore stories from Entwine participants in the field. The stories are told using artifacts and an audio guide which provides narration and directions to the guests. Guests will use their own headphones or ones they got at registration. Footprints on the floor will also help guests find their way to the various objects. The final stop of the gallery walk allows guest to input their ideas of what it means to be part of a global Jewish community.


Di ganzer veld is ein stat. (The whole world is one town.)
Welcome to Babushka's home! Babushka is grandmother in Russian. Believe it or not, touch her things and you won't get a slap on the tuchus! Follow the numbered cue cards in the room and you will unlock sacred wisdom.

This immersive installation takes guests into the home of a Hesed client in Kiev.  Guests then enter the installation, which will feels like they are entering a home - Russian grandmother style.  Inside they can explore the space and its items. They can also sit on the couch and at the table where there will be cookies to eat.  Guests can activate video stories in the space through motion sensors, which will be attached to items in the room. Items with motion sensors will have a sticker that says ‘touch me.’  Staff or motion sensor will trigger the first video and give directions to the guests that only one story can be projected at a time. Guests should wait for a video to finish before finding an item to touch to trigger another story.  


Through this immersive installation, guests will move through a marketplace, created through textiles and video projections, to the hills of Rwanda, and then into ASYV, where they will be greeted with images from the Village and will watch video footage about the village and featuring original art from a Village student.  As guests enter the marketplace, they will have the opportunity to touch and feel authentic fabrics and baskets and hear the ambient sounds of a marketplace in Kigali. As they move through the hills of Rwanda on their way to the Village, they will move through dirt and grass and smell the smells of the countryside. The Rwanda room is dedicated in loving memory of Village founder Anne Heyman z”l.