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.

“WILL YOU UNDERTAKE MATTER?”

From that first 1914 telegram to high-tech innovations today, check out our interactive decade-by-decade history chronicling more than a century of serving the needs of Jewish communities worldwide.

In Desperate Times,


Transformative Impact

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.

World War II and Beyond

Discover hundreds of archival photographs of our work during and following World War II, from Belgium and Germany to Ecuador and Cuba.

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.

Wherever in the World, We Answer the Call

Discover JDC videos highlighting Jewish life in Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Poland, and more, and learn how we’re helping to fuel a powerful revival of Jewish life in nations held back by Communist-era religious repression.

One Jewish World, Interconnected

Our Commitment

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?

Contact Us

General Inquiries

212-687-6200
Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00pm, Eastern Time
info@jdc.org

Get In Touch

Programs Worldwide

Africa/Asia
africaasia@jdc.org

Latin/America
americas@jdc.org

Europe
europe@jdc.org

Former Soviet Union
fsu@jdc.org

Israel
israel@jdc.org

Archives
archives@jdc.org

Disaster Relief & International Development
idp@jdc.org

Media Contact
press@jdc.org

Employment Opportunities
humanresources@jdc.org

Technical or Website Questions
webmaster@jdc.org

How You Can Help

Donate
donate@jdc.org

Planned Giving
plannedgiving@jdc.org

Volunteer
globalservice@jdc.org

Other Information

Careers

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.

Annual Reports

Click here to download past annual reports, which provide in-depth summaries and highlights of our global work.

Financial & Legal Documents

Click here to review JDC's independent auditor's form, 990 form, 501c4 tax-exempt form, whistle-blower policy, and conflict of interest statement.

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.

Our CEO

Meet our CEO, the former Columbia Law School dean and committed Jewish community activist David M. Schizer.

JDC's Supporters

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.

Operating Principles

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.

Privacy Policy

We know that the privacy of your personal information is important to you — it’s important to us too. Click to review our Privacy Policy.

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