This summer, a JDC Ambassadors trip set off to build bridges of a most personal kind with Jews in Hungary and the former Yugoslavia – Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia – and to better understand how they live.
What first struck me in Georgia was the incredible mixture of folklore and modernity, side-by-side. It was evident in the architecture, predominantly old structures – Orthodox churches, and stone buildings – nestled into the mountainous landscape. But at odd intervals in Tbilisi, the capital city, I’d come across a super-modern building – all glass and impossible shapes, rivaling the latest sensation in Bilbao or New York.
The Symposium wasn't a chance to pontificate about future political moves in a highly uncertain time -- it was a unique opportunity to learn about very concrete aid that is being delivered to Jews in their hour of need.
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.
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.
The Jewish community here, long one of the largest in Europe, is struggling to find its identity in the face of a rising tide of anti-Semitism following years of Communist rule. This community needs JDC's vigilance and support.
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