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10 Years of Transformative Educational Seminars in Romania

Tags: Education

Explore how 10 years of Bereshit seminars — a bright spot during a troubling time for Europe’s Jews — have fostered creativity and connection in Romania's Jewish community.

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Q&A: Masha Shumatskaya

When the daily shelling began to be too much to bear last June, 23-year-old Masha Shumatskaya packed up her belongings and left her hometown of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine for the safety of Kharkov.

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A Wide Lens on Women's Education in Djerba

Tags: Education

JDC’s investment in education for women in the ancient Jewish community on the island of Djerba is a crucible for the Jewish community development opportunities that arise among the world's most far-flung Jewish communities.

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From the CEO: Around the World, Snapshots of Jewish Hope

Here are four snapshots from my recent travels – from Israel to Russia to Poland to the Netherlands – which illustrate JDC at work.

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Moscow JCC Renamed After Ralph Goldman

Tags: Education

One of Moscow's largest Jewish community centers, the Nikitskaya, was renamed in honor of Ralph Goldman, one of the Jewish world's most accomplished leaders who died, at 100, in Jerusalem earlier this month.

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From the CEO: The Best-Kept Secret, No Longer

JDC CEO Alan H. Gill says that JDC is continuing its historic legacy of engaging with the public today through new and exciting JDC platforms that highlight the organization's role meeting Jewish and humanitarian needs.

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Marc Chagall & JDC

photo: photo credit: Matt Borowick

Read remarks shared at a JDC event around the Marc Chagall exhibit at The Jewish Museum. The event was a cooperation between the JDC Board, JDC Archives, Ambassadors, and Entwine.

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Creating the Next Generation of Czech Jewish Leaders

photo: Courtesy of Marian Ziss

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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Szarvas – Through Our Children's Eyes

photo: Courtesy of Laura Spitzer

Witnessing the inspiring enthusiasm that Szarvas campers feel toward their Jewish identities made seeing our kids frankly just a bonus.

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JDC Supporters Join Together To Create Impact Network

photo: Courtesy of Jon Deaner

Together, Jon and Doron founded the first donor group under JDC Ambassadors. At a membership level of $2,500, the Impact Network model provides access to JDC Ambassadors events and engagement.

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When Rwanda Met Estonia: Launching a New Year of Global Jewish Service

photo: photo credit: Gil Shefler
Tags: Entwine

When high schooler Danielle Falk picked up a copy of "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families," a book about the Rwandan genocide, it changed her life forever. Now 25, the native New Yorker is preparing to spend a whole year in Rwanda at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village as part of JDC's Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC).

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New Lehava Initiatives In St. Petersburg Spotlight Jewish Innovation

photo: Courtesy of Yulia Lidis

For the past nine months, more than 20 young adults from St. Petersburg used JDC’s Lehava young leadership program to develop leadership skills and learn important project management strategies to help implement important change in the Jewish community. On the night of June 20, they presented their community initiatives, the culmination of weekly meetings, seminars, and a study trip to the United States.

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Reconnecting to Roots, One Teen At a Time

photo: Courtesy of Avrom Suslovich
Tags: Children

Ira, a 16-year-old Odessa girl who participates in Jewish programs at the JDC-supported Beit Grand JCC, only learned she was Jewish this winter. Now, she's cementing her connection to her roots.

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Celebrating Children's Day Throughout The Former Soviet Union

photo: Courtesy of Yulia Lidis
Tags: Children

Celebrated throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on June 1, the International Day of Children’s Protection is a time-honored tradition. Several JDC-supported institutions will mark the holiday with camps and programs.

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Making the Connection: JDC's Ambassadors Symposium

Making the Connection was the theme of the JDC Ambassadors Symposium, May 6-7, 2013.

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From the CEO: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities in Bulgaria and Hungary

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

Read CEO Alan Gill’s report on his recent visit with the Jewish communities in Sofia and Budapest, where JDC is helping to respond to changing conditions and escalating needs.

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"Destination Shanghai" Creates a Jewish Buzz in China

By: Simon Caplan

JDC senior professional Simon Caplan captures the highlights and explains the long-range strategy behind “Destination Shanghai,” the four-day international Jewish learning and networking experience that generated much excitement this week in China’s main commercial metropolis.

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From the CEO: Nurturing Young Jewish Leaders in the Former Soviet Union

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

Read CEO Alan H. Gill’s thoughts on his recent encounter with visiting young Jewish leaders from St. Petersburg, Russia, and JDC’s role in helping to produce a new generation of communal leadership in the former Soviet Union.

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Jewish Volunteers Engage in a “Week of Good Deeds” in Donetsk, Ukraine

Read how Jewish community volunteers have been promoting social engagement and help for one’s neighbors during “The Week of Good Deeds” in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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