Gabriel Project Mumbai is partnering with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to send Jewish young adults, ages 18-30, on a comprehensive two month (8 week) volunteer and learning program in Mumbai, India, through the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC) program. During the program, participants provide nutrition and literacy for children living in the slums, while becoming enriched by Jewish ethics in social justice, Indian culture and society. The program, which provides a kosher open and supportive Jewish environment for volunteers, revolves around daily food distribution in the slums, whilst filling the volunteers’ days with learning, cultural engagement, and touring Mumbai and its environs.The volunteer work week comprises of Mon-Fri volunteering in the slums from 8 am till 2 pm. Classes for the volunteers take place 2-3 afternoons a week. Saturdays are usually free and most Sundays have programming elements to them, including participation in local Synagogue activities, touring Mumbai, volunteering alongside local Indian Jewish young adults and visiting local Jewish homes to experience the lives of Jewish Indians.
During their stay, the volunteers travel to:
GPM will assist in volunteers' plans to visit other parts of India like Kochin, Goa, Delhi etc. (Travel outside of Mumbai has additional costs.)
The volunteer residence is located at a guest house in Sth Mumbai. The residence is centrally located and a taxi or train ride to entertainment centers including Colaba and Bandra. The JCC is nearby as are modern malls, markets and tourist sites. The apartment's kitchen is kosher vegetarian with TV wifi and A/C. There a doorman, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and hospitals nearby.
Spoken Hindi/Maharathi. This course enables the program participants to communicate with the children in the slums using common words and phrases in local dialects; it really enhances the interaction with the children!
Social Justice in Jewish Tradition. GPM has introduced an exciting new learning component to the volunteer program in collaboration with the internationally renowned Jewish social justice organization TAKUM. GPM volunteers are studying a wide range of Jewish texts with world-renowned Jewish teachers of TAKUM who communicate from around the world via group Skype sessions.The course will cover issues of social justice and global responsibility from a Jewish perspective as well as studies in responsible volunteering, international development and global poverty.
Jewish History of India. This fascinating course given by a local scholar is complete with tales of second temple Jewish captives shipwrecked on the coast of India to a series of Spanish and Iraqi merchants who made India their home; a 2000 year odyssey in a land that has made its Jewish citizens very welcome.
Indian Culture. India has both an ancient and captivating culture. This course provides a general overview of Indian culture, sociology, values, religious beliefs and history from both a national and regional perspective. Occasionally participants will go on field trips to important cultural sites and experiences.
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There will also be visits and meals with members of the local Jewish community, workshops and short seminars in Indian culture and social justice issues. We will participate in festivals and Shabbat with the local Jewish community and have free time to experience the fun side of Mumbai. These seminars, workshops and outings are an integral part of the program experience.
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