United Arab Emirates

December 2, 2021
  |  7 p.m. EST

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A young man in a gray t-shirt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, lights a menorah in front of a fluroescent-blue spiral.

Happy Chanukah!

حانوكا سعيد!

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Our Host

Join our celebration and welcome Chanukah with some very special guests.

Reva Gorelick

Reva Gorelick

2021 JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow

Reva Gorelick served as the 2021 JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Dubai, working with the Jewish Council of the Emirates (JCE) to better serve the needs of the Dubai Jewish community as it grows and evolves.

Reva’s work expanded upon JDC’s preexisting relationship with the JCE, including a Ralph I. Goldman Fellow placement in 2019. During her ten-month placement, Reva focused on strengthening the JCE’s community engagement and communication methods, and designing and executing a suite of cultural, social, and educational programming alongside community leaders.

From the Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest skyscraper — to its palm-shaped man-made islands, Dubai is defined by superlatives.

But the city’s Jewish story is still largely waiting to be written. A glittering metropolis on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is a fast-paced, ultramodern city with a growing Jewish population. Since the signing of the 2020 Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jewish life has blossomed.

We’re excited to help Dubai’s Jewish future flourish. Working alongside the local Jews who pioneered clandestine Jewish life for years, JDC Entwine fellows have served on the ground since 2019, helping to support cultural, social, and educational programs — everything from holiday services and children’s programming to developing the curriculum and calendar for the city’s forthcoming Abraham’s Miracles Centre for Learning.

We celebrate the miracle of Jewish Dubai, an emerging community just beginning to chart its course and realize its potential.

A Taste of United Arab Emirates

Yves’s Imam Bayildi
Yves Friedman

member of the Jewish community in Dubai

Yves’s Imam Bayildi

8 Nights. 8 Locations.

Celebrate with Jewish communities in New York City, Morocco, Ukraine, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Poland, and Latin America.

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Miss a night? Watch below for videos from each stop on our Chanukah journey.

New York City

November 28, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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November 29, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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November 30, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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December 1, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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United Arab Emirates

December 2, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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December 3, 2021  |  3 p.m. EST

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December 4, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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Latin America

December 5, 2021  |  7 p.m. EST

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