Posts tagged Jewish Holiday Celebrations:

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In Battle-Scarred Ukraine, Purim An Incongruous Sight

This Purim JDC staff and community members in and near the war zone in the east of the country will celebrate the holiday despite the hardships visited upon them recently by the conflict.

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At Tu B'Shvat Celebration in Bulgaria, Togetherness and Tradition

Those who attended said it was very emotional to see four generations of Bulgarian Jews onstage together, reciting the prayers and singing songs in Ladino.

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Latvian Jews Prepare For Purim

photo: Courtesy of Ariel Nadbornik

The Jewish community of Latvia will celebrate the holiday with a brand-new shpiel expected to attract 150 to 200 people to a hotel in central Riga.

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From the CEO: Helping Latin American Communities Facing Changing Scenarios

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

With Jewish communities in Latin America facing new economic and social/political concerns, read what JDC President Penny Blumenstein took away from her recent visit to the region.

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Celebrating Israel’s 65th Anniversary in Romania

On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, read how Jews in Romania have joined Jewish communities around the world in celebrating Israel’s 65th anniversary.

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"Urban Pesaj" Fills Streets of Buenos Aires

photo: JDC/Heather Morgan

Thousands took to the streets of a trendy Buenos Aires neighborhood for "Pesaj Urbano" -- a favorite activity of JDC's YOK initiative, which engages people of all ages and backgrounds with Jewish culture outside traditional walls.

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For Cuba’s Jews, Saying “I Do” Under a Chuppah

Every wedding is unique—but capturing dozens of Cuban Jews under a chuppah (wedding canopy) in Havana is a sight to see. Read how a Latin American rabbi, who's made some 115 visits to Cuba’s Jewish community on JDC's behalf, officiated at more than two dozen Jewish weddings, 21 of which were held on the same day.

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Tu B’Shvat in Mumbai: JDC Leads a Jewish Arbor Day Celebration with an Indian Twist

Read how JDC helped the Jewish community in Mumbai, India celebrate Tu B’Shvat—the Jewish Arbor Day—this week in its own very special way.

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Wedding Joy in Djerba, Tunisia

On the Tunisian island of Djerba, a traditional Jewish wedding recently had some 400 guests celebrating into the wee hours of the morning in their spacious new Jewish Community Hall.

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Chanukah Programs Brighten Jewish Connections in Poland and Romania

In Poland and Romania, JDC’s Chanukah activities mix traditional elements with innovative outreach efforts that are attracting people seeking new links to Jewish life.

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Bulgarian President Adds Pride to Community Chanukah Festivities

In a proud moment for the Jewish community, Bulgaria’s President kindled the first Chanukah light in Sofia’s historic synagogue, inaugurating a week of activities celebrating the Festival of Lights.

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Rosh Hashanah in Ukraine: A Personal Reflection

By: Zhanna Veyts

Returning to Ukraine 24 years after immigrating to the United States, JDC staff member Zhanna Veyts saw this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration in Kiev through her father’s eyes—and her own.

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“Being Jewish is a Party”: Celebrating 5773 in the Streets of Buenos Aires

Read how JDC brought the Jewish New Year to life in Buenos Aires with its latest edition of Urban Rosh Hashanah, a street festival that draws tens of thousands of people of all ages for a fun-filled exploration of Jewish holiday customs.

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Bringing a Sweeter New Year to Needy Jewish Children in Belarus

To combat ongoing economic hardship in Belarus, over 4,200 at-risk Jewish children and their families received essential support from us last year. See how Rosh Hashanah activities, portrayed in this slideshow, helped strengthen these children’s ties to the Jewish community—and let their families enjoy a sweeter New Year.

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Teen Seder in Tallinn, Estonia

It may be Next Year in Jerusalem but this year, a not-to-miss seder graced Tallinn, Estonia. Esther Burson, the JDC Jewish Service Corps Fellow serving that community, brought together local teen volunteers and her JSC Fellow peers from Argentina and Israel for a unique yet traditional Pesach celebration.

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Hasidim Make Rosh Hashanah Pilgrimage to Ukraine

We at JDC know well that Rosh Hashanah traditions can take on their own unique flair from one country to another. A recent article in Slate shares that for the 35,000 Hasidim (ultra Orthodox Jews) that embarked on the annual pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine (125 miles south of Kiev where the Breslov Hasidic sect’s founder, Rabbi Nachman, is buried), it was an inclusive and nearly 200-year-old “pray, eat, love” fest.

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New Year Reflections from Steve Schwager

During this week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish communities around the world are taking the time to reflect, recount, and reenergize for the year ahead. We here at JDC are no exception. Steve Schwager, our CEO, shares his own thoughts about the legacy of JDC, what we’re doing to help Jews in need, and who is still in need of our support. Excerpts below.

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Passover Prep in Motion Across the FSU

In Ukraine and Siberia … in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan … across the former Soviet Union (FSU) many of the poorest Jewish children and their families are set to take part in Passover seders this year, supported by the IFCJ-JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union.

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