The Journeyers

As an INTERFACE participant, you are eager to explore and invest in the relationship between humanitarian need and Jewish responsibility. At the same time, you want to make a meaningful difference in the world and in the Jewish people of the 21st century, striving to make a positive impact on the most disadvantaged people and places in the world. As a journeyer in a group of leading-edge philanthropists ready to experience first-hand the cultures, challenges, and realities of those in dire need, you will explore new opportunities to assist those in danger and significantly deepen the meaning and impact of your giving.

Meet the INTERFACE Team

We are a cross-sector team of professionals from the worlds of humanitarian aid, philanthropy and Jewish learning.

The INTERFACE team and participants share in the same passion, curiosity, openness, and eagerness to embark on a life-changing journey.

Journey leader Gideon Herscher founded INTERFACE after a decade of formative experiences with JDC in Israel, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Haiti, where he mobilized Jewish expertise and experience to benefit some of the world's poorest people.

Gideon has worked on humanitarian aid programs, focusing on developing and implementing solutions for vulnerable populations including those in Israel, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Haiti.

As a seasoned professional with JDC, Gideon is passionate about expanding the reach of tikkun olam (repairing the world) to new frontiers. Learn More about Gideon Herscher and the INTERFACE team.

JDC: Who We Are

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. It works in more than 70 countries, including Israel, to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

JDC has put itself in harm’s way to rescue and provide relief to Jewish and non-Jewish communities around the world. Whether secretly financing the Warsaw ghetto uprising, quietly liberating the Jews of Syria, organizing miraculous air-rescue missions from Ethiopia to Israel, covert operations, or navigating war zones to rescue those caught in the line of fire—JDC has been there.

Today, JDC extends nearly a century of experience helping Jewish communities around the world confronted by the most difficult challenges—disaster, extreme poverty, political instability, genocide—to create innovative programs that benefit some of the world’s most needy populations.