Participant Blogs

Reflecting on Our Feast of Senses

By Yuval Derry

The book of Ecclesiastes 1:8 reads: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” Anyone who has ever visited Mumbai can attest to the overwhelming senses—the eyes and ears are constantly stimulated by smells, sights and voices. The scale of t…

‘Be the Change You Wish to See’

By Laura Handler & Allie Levy

Today we learned about two Indian change-makers. First, we visited a JDC partner called Om Creations. Om Creations, established in 1991, is a non-profit started by Mrs. Durga Jain with the mission to empower young women with Down syndrome to live as “regula…

Uncovering Miracles in India

By Jordan Wainer

Today, we left the honking, traffic and craziness of Mumbai to visit the birthplace of the Bene Israel, a historic community of Jews in India. We started our morning with a walk to the Gateway of India and boarded a ferry for a peaceful ride across the Bombay harbor. Upon d…

Kol Haolam Kulo/The Whole Wide World

By Melissa Galvez

At about 9:30 this morning, the Project Inspire trip members sat in a circle on the floor of a classroom, knee-to-knee with third- and fourth-graders. Fans whirred in the corners of the room and the walls were decorated with colorful posters, English vocabulary cards and s…

YOMO (You Only Mumbai Once)

By Chad Brodsky

Because all the cars mooo-ved out of the way!

This joke came to mind in the Colaba district of Mumbai after seeing a lone cow walk calmly into incoming traffic. Images like this encapsulate many of the contrasting experiences that I’ve had in Mumbai.

Today was so full of…