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JDC, Jewish Community of Romania Hosts Countrywide Tu B’Shevat Celebrations

Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is known for its various rituals like eating a new fruit on this day, conducting a special Seder, and eating from the seven species (shivat haminim) such as-- wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates --that originally grew in Israel.

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Migdal JCC of Odessa Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Some 600 people converged on Odessa, Ukraine, on Feb. 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the city's Migdal Jewish Community – the first JCC in the former Soviet Union (FSU).

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Bulgaria: Small Jewish Community, Big Impact

By: By Claudia Deutsch

In no small part due to JDC’s active presence for the last 25 years, Jewish ethnic identity and cultural values are thriving.

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Celebrating Chanukah with Ashalim and Better Together

Better Together operates in Israel's poorest neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for children and families.

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Experiencing the Flavor of Jewish Life with JDC

Different foods tell a myriad of stories through their ingredients and spices, bringing together Jewish people from around the world for generations through the joyful process of cooking and the shared eating of these dishes.

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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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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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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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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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Moscow Soccer Tournament Blends Jewish Identity, Volunteerism

Tags: Children

Four Jewish soccer teams from Russia and Israel came together in Moscow for the Inter Maccabi Cup, a two-day tournament marking the 25th anniversary of the revival of the Maccabi community in Russia.

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Inaugural Moscow Jewish Children's Book Festival Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Tags: Children

Thirteen of the best Moscow publishing houses came together late last month to celebrate International Children's Day with a children's book festival.

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In Djerba, A Lag Ba'Omer Pilgrimage

photo: credit: Gil Shefler/JDC

They'll gather together once more, as they've done on Lag Ba'Omer for 150 years – thousands of Jews visiting "La Ghriba," the ornate and ancient synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

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Polish Oscar-Winning Movie Sparks Interest in Jewish Issues

Last week, "Ida," a movie about a young woman training to be a nun who shockingly discovers her Jewish roots, won an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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Silence Speaks Loudly in Cuba

There was no way of knowing when we planned JDC's Board and Ambassadors trip to Cuba in fall 2014 that it would come at such an historic time in Cuban-U.S. relations.

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