The Jewish Diplomatic Corps
The Jewish Diplomatic Corps (JDCorps), is a worldwide network of outstanding young Jewish professionals who voluntarily engage in diplomacy and public policy. It now comprises a cadre of some 130 professionals aged 27 to 45, from more than 30 countries.
In 2014, the JDCorps was successfully reintegrated into the WJC as a flagship WJC program. WJC provides this core group an opportunity to engage in diplomatic activities, meetings with government officials and international organizations worldwide as well as participate in WJC events and activities.
The JDCorps takes pride in the quality of its carefully recruited members, who are accomplished professionals in their own rights. Members, known as Jewish Diplomats (JDs), come from a wide variety of backgrounds and include attorneys, Jewish community lay and professional leaders, venture capitalists, international financial advisers, university professors, social activists, parliamentarians, and entrepreneurs, to name a few.
Examples of JDs activities
In Washington, D.C., a group of JDs met with Matthew Nosanchuk, the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for Jewish Outreach, and with Jonathan Katz of USAID.
In March 2015, JDs made statements in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on topics such as Item 7 - Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.
In Santiago, Chile, JDs were part of a Latin American Diplomacy Seminar, where they met with local and international officials and experts as well as with fellow JDs from other Latin American Countries.
As part of the webinar series, JDs heard from Tad Stahnke, Vice President of Research and analysis at Human Rights First - the organization’s senior expert on anti-Semitism, hate crime, discrimination and religious freedom on advocacy against racism and anti-Semitism.
Yfat Barak-Cheney is the JDCorps Analyst based in the WJC office in New York, and focuses on the North America and Latin America activities as well as international organizations and the UN. Yfat is also the Foreign Policy adviser to the CEO at the WJC.
Melina Rozenbaum is the JDCorps North America Coordinator based in the WJC office in New York. Melina also works as the coordinator of WJC's Jewish Global Security department.
Arielle Godin-Weinstein is the JDCors Coordinator for Europe, FSU Region, Israel and South Africa. She is based in Geneva.
Lauren Rose is the UN Representative of the WJC in Geneva and a JDCorps Policy Analyst.
Tom Gal, based in the WJC office in Geneva, serves as Legal Adviser.
The JD Corps can be contacted at email@example.com