Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief


About JCDR

JCDR brings together the experience, expertise and resources of Jewish organizations that assist victims of natural or man-made disasters on a non-sectarian basis. Its work maximizes the use of resources, coordinates the activities of its member agencies, informs the Jewish and general publics about the disaster and the Jewish response, and demonstrates the long tradition of Jewish humanitarianism during times of crisis.

A Tradition of Humanitarianism

The Jewish people have a long history of humanitarian activity to aid both Jews and non-Jews during times of crisis. Jewish principles and values point out the responsibility of Jews to help repair the world. Rabbi Hillel taught, "If I am not for myself who am I? But if I am only for myself, what am I?" International development and relief work enables Jews to put these values and principles into practice to help some of the most vulnerable among us.

In the past several years, the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief has been active in response to major crises in Central America, Kosovo, Turkey, Ethiopia, El Salvador and India (please click on 'Coalitions' above to access information about any of these activities).

JCDR Structure

The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief is made up of Jewish agencies that have taken part in one or more Coalition responses over the past several years. In some cases, member agencies raise their own funds and/or implement their own disaster programs in addition to taking part in Coalition activities. The Coalition is coordinated by The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).

Funding

Each time the Coalition determines that it will mount a response to a new crisis, a Coalition 'mailbox' (separate fund) is established for that particular crisis.

Funds for Coalition-assisted projects are donated by Coalition member organizations and the general public. 100% of all donated funds are used for Coalition activities.

Ensuring Quality Programs

The JCDR places great importance on making the best use of donors' contributions by conducting relevant and appropriate responses on their behalf. Sometimes, Coalition member agencies carry out activities on behalf of the Coalition in response to a crisis. At other times, the Coalition selects local implementing agencies that have the infrastructure and expertise to carry out a response on the Coalition's behalf.

Monitoring visits in the field are conducted by representatives of JCDR member organizations to ensure that activities are having the desired effect on the targeted population(s).


Rabbi Hillel taught, "If I am not for myself who am I? But if I am only for myself, what am I?" International development and relief work enables Jews to put these values and principles into practice to help some of the most vulnerable among us.


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