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From the CEO: Under Fire In Ukraine, Heroism Abounds

By: Alan H. Gill

– JDC CEO

Alan H. Gill just returned from Ukraine where he met with some of the thousands of Jews displaced by the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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In Siberia, More Than 50 Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Each year in Siberia, dozens of young people celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs during a week-long JDC-supported family retreat.

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On the Ground: Photos of Destruction in Slavyansk

photo: Rachel Calman/JDC

These photos show the damage sustained by homes in Slavyansk, Ukraine, after bombing and artillery fire.

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On the Ground: Photos from Ukraine Crisis

photo: (Rachel Calman/JDC)

These photos showcase JDC's bold action on the ground to confront the needs of a troubled Ukraine and ensure the well-being of its most vulnerable Jews.

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JDC Global Symposium: Twin Cities

By: Nancy and Steven Schachtman, Yoav Segal, and Charlie Nauen

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.

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From the President: Letter from Odessa

JDC President Penny Blumenstein offers final thoughts from her Board Mission visit to Ukraine and reflects on her trip to Kiev and Odessa.

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From the President: Focus on Ukraine

By: Penny Blumenstein

"We had the opportunity to meet with the Israeli attaché and the German and American ambassadors. They gave us a perspective of the political situation and the prospects and difficulties facing the new Ukraine government."

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From the President: Maidan and More

By: Penny Blumenstein

Today, we toured Maidan. The square is so much larger than I had imagined. Because it still is filled with tents and surrounded by tires and bricks torn from the pavement, it is easy to imagine it filled with people and police.

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From the President: A Day in Kiev

By: Penny Blumenstein

– JDC President

These were people who had not been at risk, who went to work and came home to their own homes every night. Now they are living with friends, relatives, or in temporary shelters with no resources.

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A Summer Oasis: Ukrainians at Szarvas

Dozens of children from Ukraine and Russia will attend the camp's 25th summer -- a welcome respite from the tension gripping their nations.

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One Family's Slavyansk Story

For the Endeberrya family, the recent escalation of violence in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk hit terrifyingly close to home.

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Ukraine's Jewish Refugees

As the escalating crisis in Ukraine forces vulnerable Jewish refugees to flee their homes and seek shelter in safer cities, JDC is there.

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On the Ground as Tensions Turn Violent in Donetsk

photo: Gute for JDC

Post-election tensions flared into a raging battle between separatists and government forces at the international airport in Donetsk on Monday, representing the worst outbreak of violence in this eastern Ukraine city since the start of the Ukraine crisis. Through it all, JDC-supported Hesed workers have continued to care for the city’s most vulnerable Jews. View this latest gallery of photos from Donetsk, which show how Jewish life and the efforts of a caring community continue even in the midst of an ongoing crisis.

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Photo Essay: On the Ground in Donetsk

Discover the work JDC is doing to care for Donetsk's most vulnerable Jews with this extraordinary group of photos that powerfully illustrate Jewish community and Jewish life in the midst of crisis.

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As Crisis Escalates, Caring for Ukraine's Jews

With increasing unrest and violence in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, JDC has continued its critical work helping the country's most vulnerable Jews.

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Celebrating JDC's Centennial in Moscow

Tags: Education

JDC's century of service to the global Jewish people was celebrated at Limmud Moscow, an annual educational conference dating back to 2007 that is one of the many Jewish activities JDC supports in Russia.

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In Ukraine, Caring for our Caregivers

By: JDC CEO Alan H. Gill

JDC CEO Alan H. Gill says the Ukraine crisis requires special care for people on the ground, especially JDC staff and other caregivers going to extraordinary lengths to help those most in need.

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Ukraine Update: Bogdan's Story

photo: Bogdan Mayorov

Since birth, Bogdan has had special needs, suffering from epileptic attacks, frequent colds, and a speech impediment.

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Ukraine: One Family's Personal Crisis

Two weeks ago, the unthinkable happned: happy, healthy Marianna was hospitalized after a stroke. Though the initial diagnosis was recurrent cardiomyopathy – a weakening of the heart muscle – a final cause has not been fully determined, and more tests are required.

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Purim in Simferopol: Delivering Mischloach Manot and "JDC DNA"

Married for more than 60 years, Gregory and Asia Shur share their life together in a fourth-floor walkup in Simferopol, the Crimean capital of 330,000 people that has been at the center of much of the tension currently gripping Ukraine.

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