Q&A with Jessica Rosenberg
New JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow, Jessica Rosenberg arrived at JCC Krakow at the beginning of 2015. Jessica is our second fellow from the JDC, Justin Kadis started with us in fall 2013. We sat down with Jessica to discuss how and why she ended up here.
JCC Krakow: How did you end up working in Jewish service?
Jessica Rosenberg: After working in communications for several years, I was looking for a more meaningful career – preferably working directly in a community. This is when I came across the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellowship. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is a nonprofit with a 100-year history of working with Jewish communities in Israel, Eastern Europe, and around the world. A few years ago, the JDC created a program called Entwine to engage young Jewry in service projects around the world. The Global Jewish Service Corps places fellows in Jewish communities and communities in need to work directly with the community helping in any way they can.
JCC: Why did you decide to come to Krakow?
JR: In my first round of interviews for the JDC Entwine Fellowship, a staff member asked me how I felt about Krakow. I wasn’t sure what to say, I had no particular feelings on the city and had never been. I didn’t know much about Poland beyond its obvious history and that’s when my education began. I learned of the small but growing Jewish community anchored by JCC Krakow and bolstered by JDC’s 7@Nite and the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, of the old Jewish quarter, Kazimierz’s revitalization, and of how incredibly tolerant and open the overall community is. When I met with Jonathan [Ornstein] and Justin in New York to speak about a possible placement in Krakow, I was extremely excited and interested to see the JCC and its community firsthand. As an American Jew with Eastern European roots, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect fellowship placement.
JCC: What will you be doing here?
JR: I have a background in marketing and communications, so I expect to work with Jonathan, Sebastian, Agnieszka and the rest of the team on fundraising, grants, partnerships, publicity, social media, digital and print communications, and in any other way I can pitch in. I’m extremely excited to help organize (and participate in!) the Second Annual Ride for the Living and working to support Friends of JCC Krakow. I’m the most excited to work with all of the amazing community members here in Krakow as well as meet with any visitors to the JCC to help them understand the incredible community that exists here.
JCC: What is your favorite Polish food thus far?
JR: Pierogi z kapustą i grzybami