JDC Ambassadors to Gain Inside View of JDC in Action

As rocket attacks forced many elderly in Israel to remain in their homes, JDC organized a meal delivery program for those relying on day care centers for their one hot meal a day.
As rocket attacks forced many elderly in Israel to remain in their homes, JDC organized a meal delivery program for those relying on day care centers for their one hot meal a day. photo: Ofir Ben Natan

Rebecca Neuwirth

– Director, JDC Ambassadors

Most of us live our lives enjoying a basic sense of security, knowing there are certain fundamental things we can count on

But it is possible that for reasons completely beyond our control, the waters turn rocky and dangerous. When that happens – if it happens, for many of us have never experienced such turmoil personally and perhaps never will – we are thrown completely off course and can only hope to hold on for dear life. It is at these moments that family, friends, and community become a literal life support.

The recent escalation of violence in Israel was like such a storm at sea.

Through it all, we in the JDC family have derived a sense of reassurance from knowing that our incredibly dedicated staff members were at the ready—stepping in quickly to offer care and support for the most vulnerable among the millions of Israelis who came within range of the escalating rocket attacks.

With vast crisis intervention experience globally and in Israel, and an array of programs developed over the years to secure a more promising future for Israel’s elderly, children at risk, people with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds—JDC was able to mobilize emergency resources and on-the-ground know-how quickly and efficiently.

That is the JDC way, and it will be the focus of a discussion at the heart of the JDC Ambassadors Global Symposium on Monday, December 3.

We’ll hear from the people at the center of the emergency relief efforts in southern Israel. And we’ll take a wide angle to understand JDC’s role as the 911 of the Jewish community worldwide.

Central Synagogue’s Peter J. Rubinstein, one of the country’s greatest rabbis, will offer his personal perspective on the principle of global responsibility.

And we’ll learn about efforts to take Israeli and Jewish know-how and apply them to help others in dire need--from a village and school for orphans established in Rwanda to the halls of global cooperation and power.

We’ll have a chance to harness the tremendous talents and valuable perspectives of Symposium participants in first-ever JDC Think Tank sessions that will focus open discussion on real dilemmas as we search for best practices to deal with current issues.

And we’ll get an off-the-record briefing about the well-being of the small communities of Jews living in Muslim countries, in a region that is rapidly changing in ways still unknown.

JDC Ambassadors is designed as a doorway for people interested in getting involved and supporting JDC’s lifesaving work worldwide. For more information about the Symposium, contact Rebecca Neuwirth, Director of Ambassadors, at rebeccan@jdcny.org or (212) 885-0878.

Remember, registration for this Dec. 3 Symposium closes on Wednesday, November 28.

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