Izabella and Boris are two of the faces of Ukraine's ongoing crisis. Living in dismal poverty, they spend their entire winter huddled together in their kitchen because it's the only room with heat in their dilapidated apartment in the slums of Odessa.
For seniors Mihail and Lyudmila — just two of the many vulnerable, elderly people we have told you about during Ukraine’s ongoing crisis — JDC is a lifeline when violence and unrest spreads fear and concern for the future.
In light of unfolding events in the Crimea region of Ukraine, JDC has activated emergency plans aimed at helping the neediest within the ethnically mixed peninsula's Jewish community. Today Crimea is home to an estimated 17,000 Jews, mostly located in and around the main urban centers of Simferopol, Sevastopol, Feodosia, and Yalta.
For Irina, a homecare worker at JDC’s Hesed social welfare center in Kiev, the crisis in Ukraine wasn’t going to stop her from taking care of her clients – even if merely doing her job put her in the snipers’ crosshairs.
Seen here in photographs taken by JDC's team in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital has been transformed into a landscape resembling a war zone, with charred buildings lining its wide boulevards and fortified encampments filling the city's Independence Square.
As unrest continues to roil Ukraine, JDC’s stepped-up relief efforts include delivering food and other urgent necessities to Jews near in downtown Kiev where dozens have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in recent days.
SEFER – the international conference on Judaic studies – celebrated its 21st year this week, a testament to the staying power and importance of one of JDC’s first projects upon its return to Russia 20 years ago.
Paul Rosen has a long history in Jewish philanthropy, beginning with leadership positions with the Federation in Toronto, Canada and Broward County, Florida and later serving as National Co-Chair of JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. He currently lives with his wife in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
JDC’s most recent Hadracha madrichim training – part of its global network of leadership development opportunities – was held October 10-13 in the Czech Republic and drew a record number of local young Jewish leaders.
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