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Turning the Tables on Poverty

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Israel

Rebecca Neuwirth

– Director, JDC Ambassadors

Gain insight into JDC’s efforts to ameliorate poverty in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and other parts of the world by learning what JDC professionals on the frontlines of these initiatives reported at the JDC Ambassadors forum held recently in New York.

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“Mainstreaming” Special Needs Jewish Children in Moscow

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Tags: Children

Read how JDC is working in Moscow to integrate special needs Jewish children into mainstream educational environments and including them and their families in activities that keep them connected to a caring Jewish community.

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Broadening Educational Opportunities for Jewish Girls in Djerba, Tunisia

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Tags: Education

With educational needs in Muslim countries a focus of attention today in many forums, read how JDC is helping Tunisian Jews provide new opportunities for girls and young women in Djerba, home to one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities.

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JDC Ambassadors Global Symposium, Dec. 3

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Preview of "The Jewish Future: New Strategies for Sustaining and Inspiring Jewish Life," a JDC Ambassadors symposium.

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Helping Israelis with Disabilities Cook their Way to Success

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Go behind the scenes at a graduation ceremony in Tiberias to learn how JDC and its partners are giving Israelis with disabilities an opportunity to secure rewarding employment as newly minted chefs.

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Creative Programs “Outside the Jewish Walls” are Magnets for Non-Affiliated Jews

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Read JDC senior professional Diego Ornique’s cogent account of JDC’s “JCC without Walls” initiative and the exciting events in alternative venues that are attracting increasing numbers of non-affiliated Jews.

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Working Together to Help a Family in Need in Ukraine

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Dov Ben-Shimon

Meet the people behind JDC’s programs as staff member Dov Ben-Shimon takes you on a home visit to one of thousands of needy children and families benefiting today from the critical assistance made possible by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews/JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union.

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A Home Visit in Georgia Provides a Graphic Picture of Human Needs

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

See how difficult life can be for the people behind the program statistics as JDC staffer Zhanna Veyts visits a struggling family in Tbilisi, Georgia, that JDC is helping to support.

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Georgia’s Economic Upswing Leaves the Vulnerable Behind

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Zhanna Veyts

With all eyes on Georgia following its recent parliamentary elections, JDC staff member Zhanna Veyts puts the country’s economic upswing in perspective as she describes the hardships experienced by pensioners, single-income families living below the poverty line, and the country’s many unemployed older adults.

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Racing Toward Breast Cancer Awareness in Sarajevo

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Itai Shamir

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has only just begun, but JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program is already in high gear. Just back from the 5th Annual Race for the Cure that took place in Sarajevo last weekend, a senior JDC professional recounts the inspiration he drew from the enthusiastic participants at this national event.

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Young Jewish Adults in India Have a New JDC Champion

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Learn how a snake show and a water buffalo ride are helping Salome Abraham to expand JDC’s outreach to young Jewish adults in India—an age group vital to the future of this small but active Jewish community.

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A Bittersweet Return

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

Read how JDC is helping to support some of the world’s poorest Jews, as staff member Zhanna Veyts takes you along on a home visit in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Rosh Hashanah in Ukraine: A Personal Reflection

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Zhanna Veyts

Returning to Ukraine 24 years after immigrating to the United States, JDC staff member Zhanna Veyts saw this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration in Kiev through her father’s eyes—and her own.

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“Being Jewish is a Party”: Celebrating 5773 in the Streets of Buenos Aires

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Read how JDC brought the Jewish New Year to life in Buenos Aires with its latest edition of Urban Rosh Hashanah, a street festival that draws tens of thousands of people of all ages for a fun-filled exploration of Jewish holiday customs.

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An Inspirational Tale for the New Year

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Tags: Elderly

In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, see how I. L. Peretz’ classic tale of the rabbi of Nemirov’s charitable deeds in 19th century Ukraine inspires JDC’s efforts to bring help and hope today to some of the world’s poorest Jews. And please accept our best wishes for a sweet, meaningful, and productive 5773. Shanah tova u’metuka!

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Bringing a Sweeter New Year to Needy Jewish Children in Belarus

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To combat ongoing economic hardship in Belarus, over 4,200 at-risk Jewish children and their families received essential support from us last year. See how Rosh Hashanah activities, portrayed in this slideshow, helped strengthen these children’s ties to the Jewish community—and let their families enjoy a sweeter New Year.

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JDC Entwine Young Professionals Go Inside Jewish Cuba

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Tags: Entwine

Rather than spending the Labor Day weekend at a local beach, JDC Entwine young professionals opted instead for a unique opportunity to gain an insiders’ view of Jewish Cuba. Read how their five-day trip gave the participants exclusive insight into the incredible rebirth of Jewish life that JDC helped facilitate in this island nation.

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Bringing a Sweet New Year to Families in the Crimea

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The crucial IFCJ-JDC Partnership for Children in the FSU seeks to meet the material, health, social, and spiritual needs of the region’s at-risk Jewish children.

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Helping Jews in Ukraine Find their Economic Footing

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With labor statistics dominating the U.S. headlines at the close of every month, and unemployment a critical issue for many overseas Jewish communities, see what JDC and its partners are doing to help Jews in Ukraine overcome the dearth of local employment opportunities, especially in smaller, peripheral areas.

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JDC Helps Bring Israeli Eye Care Expertise to Kyrgyzstan

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Sam Amiel

– Senior Program Manager

Recently JDC, together with the Israeli Foreign Ministry's MASHAV Foreign Assistance program, co-sponsored a medical humanitarian mission to Kyrgyzstan organized by Eye from Zion, a volunteer-based Israeli medical organization that provides surgery and training in ophthalmology to the developing world. Sam Amiel, a senior JDC staffer who accompanied this mission, captures the importance of Eye from Zion’s work in his field report.

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