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Fires in Israel Draw JDC Response

Tags: Families

As raging fires in Israel caused scores of injuries and widespread fear, the evacuation of more than 70,000, and the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses, JDC mobilized its Israel emergency response system and wide-ranging network of government of Israel, local municipality, and NGO partners to assess needs and ensure the most vulnerable Israelis aided by JDC are safe and cared.

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2nd Annual European Jewish Resilience Conference Helps Strengthen Tenacious Jewish Communities

As European Jews continue to face challenges including terror attacks, growing nationalism, rising anti-Semitism, the Syrian refugee crisis, and complex socioeconomic challenges, JDC believes strengthening Jewish community resilience and planning for the future are key to ensuring thriving Jewish life across the continent.

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Life is But a Dream at New Halom JCC in Kiev

Yesterday, Kiev’s Jewish community and JDC held a special dedication for the Halom Jewish Community Center (JCC) in a ceremony that highlights the incredible revitalization of Jewish life since the fall of Communism, and even in the face of the current crisis.

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Romania’s Bereshit Event Turns 13

"Imagine getting to meet with 400 Jews who we don't get to see every day in a reunion that is positive and energizing," said Luciana Friedman, President of the Jewish community in Timisoara, Romania.

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A School, a Shofar, and a Question

By: Penny and Claudio Pincus

Penny and Claudio Pincus recently traveled to Israel and visited a school that's part of a JDC program called "Schools With a Heart," for which they have been providing vitally important funding.

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Dispatch from Haiti: Delivering Aid to Hurricane Survivors

More than a week after Hurricane Matthew wreaked widespread devastation on Haiti, JDC and its partner Heart to Heart International are providing critical aid to hundreds of people including hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

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Haiti Update: Recovering From Hurricane Matthew

As Floridians brace for Hurricane Matthew, and our thoughts and prayers are with them, the people of Haiti are already grappling with the storm's devastating impact.

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Q&A: Yoni Leifer, JDC's Representative in Eastern Ukraine

Explore his life journey from Minsk, Belarus where he was able to embrace his Jewish identity after years of Communist oppression, to Israel, to his current role working in crisis-wracked Ukraine.

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Hesed and Moishe House Team Up in Minsk

Residents of the Moishe House in Minsk recently partnered with JDC’s Hesed social welfare center in the Belarusian capital city for a special Shabbat event.

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JDC in a Changing World

photo: photo credit: Romina Hendlin

The following is a speech given by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein at a JDC Schiff Society meeting on September 26, 2016.

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Jewish Families Come Together to Celebrate Shabbaton in Style

Tags: Families

For the first time, 33 at-risk children and their families, with the youngest child less than a year old, traveled to a retreat center outside of Odessa for a celebratory Shabbaton.

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How a Small Initiative Became a Lifeline for Refugees

By: Itai Shamir, The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief

photo: Photo Credit: Info Park

I'm walking around Belgrade, it's the summer of 2016, and a global humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before my eyes.

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Giving Back Meets Back-To-School

By: By Anna Pavlova

It’s easy to get to the community to come together when we’re working for one common goal: to help our community’s kids.

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In Cuba, Blending Fun and Jewish Community

JDC brought a blend of fun and Jewish community-building to Cuba recently, with a special beach day outing.

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Odessa Horse Therapy Program Helps Children In Need

Tags: Children

13 year-old Egor is one of five at-risk Ukrainian Jewish children with special needs from the Odessa community who recently visited the city’s Horse Club for a special therapy program.

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Celebrating Shabbat Together in Turkey

By: Lisya Behar

Seeing new things and experiencing new traditions creates a better future. Together, there are many more things to explore, many more ways to be Jewish and to be proud of being Jewish.

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From the CEO: Memory in Action - Elie Wiesel, JDC in Poland

By: Alan H. Gill

– Executive Vice President & CEO

The persistence, and power, of memory in Jewish life is undeniable. It is a driver of many great achievements and gives us pause when brazen acts of inhumanity interrupt our daily routines in the form of terrorism, hate, and persecution. In the last week, the enormity of that fact has come home in several ways for us at JDC.

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Remembering Elie Wiesel

By: Will Recant

– JDC Assistant Executive Vice President and noted disaster relief expert

The death of Elie Wiesel has hit me particularly hard, as my last surviving uncle is only one year younger and ill. The last survivors of the Holocaust are dying and as a child of survivors, I feel as though we are losing the connection to that Jewish world that was destroyed by the Holocaust.

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NYC Interfaith Volunteer Effort for Syrian Refugees Underscores Partnership for JDC

For three years now, the civil war raging in Syria has produced millions of refugees fleeing violence, presenting a global humanitarian challenge to nations in Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.

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JDC Participates in "Israel Opens Doors" Exhibit

Tags: Elderly

In the heart of Russia's capital city, in the Manezh exhibition hall, the "Israel Opens Doors" exhibit — running through June 12 — celebrates the 25th anniversary of the resurrection of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Jewish state.

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