Over 100 Years of Service to the Jewish People
“I Live. Send Help.”
JDC was founded during World War I, when prominent U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Henry Morgenthau, Sr. wired New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff to ask for money to help Jews suffering in Ottoman Palestine. We were the first Jewish organization in the United States to give large-scale funding for international relief.
World War I left in its wake the seeds of many additional catastrophes—pogroms, health epidemics, famine, revolution, and economic ruin—and JDC played a major role in sustaining Jews in Palestine and rebuilding the devastated communities of Eastern Europe.
In Desperate Times,
JDC’s relief activities, emigration aid, and rescue operations were critical following the Nazi rise to power and the outbreak of World War II.
After the war, a crisis of staggering proportions for world Jewry, JDC mobilized to support and resettle survivors, help reconstruct the remnant communities of Europe, create a network of social welfare services in the fledgling State of Israel, set up an extensive assistance program for Jews in North Africa and the Muslim world, and provide discreet relief behind the Iron Curtain.
Our Global Work Today
With the fall of Communism, JDC established cultural and educational programs to foster a sense of Jewish identity in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and developed an innovative welfare and relief system for needy elderly and Holocaust survivors.
Active today in some 70 countries, we work to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.
One Jewish World, Interconnected
Active today in 70 countries, we work to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.
JDC and Your Family History
Search over 500,000 names from historic documents in the digital JDC Archives. What will you find?
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Our worldwide staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who represent some of the best practices within the fields of community development and social service. Check out our available opportunities.
Click here to download past annual reports, which provide in-depth summaries and highlights of our global work.
Officers & Board Members
For 102 years and counting, the devoted members of the JDC Board have been setting a standard of excellence that is still without equal, and we are sincerely grateful for their wise counsel and increasingly generous support.
Meet our CEO, the former Columbia Law School dean and committed Jewish community activist David M. Schizer.
We’re able to carry out our mission to help Jews in need globally thanks to the generous support of funders from North America and across the world. Click to learn who they are.
These are our compass on the ground — and without these, we would not be able to do our work as effectively as we have over the past 100 years and counting.