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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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Entwined: Me, Sabah and JDC

By: Naomi Levin, JDC Entwine

Tags: Entwine

JDC gave me a piece of my family history – and at the end of the day, it’s the whole reason I’m standing here today.

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JDC Q&A: World Humanitarian Summit Reflections

By: Sam Amiel

photo: Sam Amiel

A Q&A with Sam Amiel, JDC’s Senior Program Director, International Development Program and Asia/Africa Region, on his experience at the first UN World Humanitarian Summit.

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On the Ground in Ecuador, Delivering Critical Aid

JDC's disaster relief expert and field medic Mike Attinson and JDC Latin America community development expert Viviana Bendersky are on the ground in Ecuador, coordinating JDC's response.

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NFTE Takes Bite Out Of Big Apple

By: Jamie Epstein

photo: photo credit: Jamie Epstein/JDC

Living in Jerusalem, 17-year-old Yaron Ohayon cares for his elderly father when he isn’t in school. Before enrolling in the Amal Lady Davis High School, Yaron dropped out of four other schools.

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Gratitude and Action: Coming Together to Do Good

By: Rebecca Neuwirth

My friends Ron Burton and Steve Silverman set off a month ago to help underprivileged children in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to attend a most amazing summer camp.

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Seeking Refuge: From Immigrant To Immigration Advocate

By: Lana Alman

Tags: Entwine

It said “Jew” in our passports. This is what motivated my parents to take the courageous act of leaving everything behind in search of refuge in the U.S.

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In Moscow, Powerful Play Bridges Generations

The experience was meaningful for both the teens and the elderly clients – an event to remember for vulnerable Jews who rarely get the chance to leave their homes.

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Building Connections Between Jewish Communities in the Former Soviet Union

Tags: Education

More than 150 Jewish professionals from across the former Soviet Union recently participated in JDC's sixth annual Jewish Educators' Conference, held at the Hesed Eliyahu social welfare center in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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What Drought Relief Looks Like in Gondar, Ethiopia

Several regions of Ethiopia are witnessing a major drought leading to malnutrition in rural areas where villagers don’t have adequate access to water, food, or medical care.

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Behind the Story: Israeli Arab Tech Expansion Prompted by JDC Partnership

What you may not know is that JDC created the pilot program, Excel HT, that was developed to enable Arab programmers, engineers, and graduates in high tech to become part of Israel’s rapidly growing tech space.

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Back to the Future: Active Jewish Teens

By: Marina Klimchuk

It's been 21 years and now I’m a JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps fellow, back in the same country my parents once felt forced to leave.

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At Szarvas Summer Camp, Finding My Own Jewish Identity

– Gabriella Kula

Szarvas gave me an understanding of how precious Judaism is, what an asset it is to my identity.

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Empowering Grassroots Innovation

Innovation, effectiveness and compassion are hallmarks of JDC’s important work caring for Jews and others in need. As JDC enters its second century of work, it is at the vanguard of the movement to foster grassroots innovation.

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Building Community in Jewish China

Tags: Education

For the fourth year in a row, the Chinese Jewish community met to discuss a vast selection of educational topics at the Limmud conference in Beijing.

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Making Meaningful Connections in Houston

By: Rebecca Neuwirth

photo: Jen Berman/JDC

Ukrainian and Hungarian Jews, Israelis, and American Jewish leaders converged on Houston for the first-ever Global Symposium in Texas.

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Helping Syrian Refugees Study and Smile in Turkey

By: Sam Amiel

Tags: Children

Last week, I had the privilege of working with our partner International Blue Crescent and the president of Turkey's Jewish community to deliver school supply kits to Syrian refugee children.

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JDC Responds to the South Asia Earthquake

JDC has made two emergency grants to partners who will provide medical and emergency aid in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

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