When and Where is Gesher?
Gesher 2016 will take place in Halkidiki, Greece – one hour away from Thessaloniki – from May 5th to 8th. The event will be starting at 14:00 on Thursday and ending at 14:00 on Sunday. There will be buses from the Thessaloniki airport to the hotel.
Who can participate?
You can come to Gesher if you are Jewish, between the ages of 18 and 35, and living in Europe.
Why is Gesher Balkan-based? Why is it open to international participation this year?
When Gesher first started in 2002, its purpose was to create a cross-regional community of young Balkan Jews. It was one of the only events of its kind, and in the past fifteen years has created hundreds of friendships and connections, and become a central meeting point for young Balkan Jewry.
Now in 2016, the world has become a lot smaller. Traveling around the world is much easier today, and the borders between geographic regions are becoming much blurrier. Gesher is now open to international participation in order to expand our global Jewish community and connections, to follow suit in a dynamic world.
How much does Gesher cost? How do I pay?
The participation fee for Gesher 2016 is 100 euro. This includes your hotel stay, meals, and program. It does not include your travel costs. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with payment instructions.
Junction is also providing a limited number of half-price scholarships for committed participants who would like to extend their involvement in Gesher. Participants who are already subsidized by JDC offices are not eligible for this additional scholarship. There is an additional application for the scholarship, linked here.
What is the registration deadline?
Participants must register for Gesher by April 15th.