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

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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

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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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JDC’s Moscow Rep. is a Jewish Community Person of the Year

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Getting a jump on the upcoming awards season, the Russian Jewish community federation last week named its own top-ranked “celebs” – and JDC Moscow Rep. Alik Nadan won a coveted Person of the Year spot.

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Volunteers for Good in St. Petersburg

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Read how young Jewish leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia promoted opportunities for volunteerism and social engagement by organizing a well-attended Volunteers Fair.

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New Study Illuminates the Hardship Facing Jewish Elderly Across Former Soviet Union

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Read what the just-released report by Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies reveals about the tremendous need that persists today among large numbers of Jewish elderly in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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“Mainstreaming” Special Needs Jewish Children in Moscow

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Tags: Children

Read how JDC is working in Moscow to integrate special needs Jewish children into mainstream educational environments and including them and their families in activities that keep them connected to a caring Jewish community.

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Working Together to Help a Family in Need in Ukraine

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Dov Ben-Shimon

Meet the people behind JDC’s programs as staff member Dov Ben-Shimon takes you on a home visit to one of thousands of needy children and families benefiting today from the critical assistance made possible by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews/JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union.

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A Home Visit in Georgia Provides a Graphic Picture of Human Needs

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

See how difficult life can be for the people behind the program statistics as JDC staffer Zhanna Veyts visits a struggling family in Tbilisi, Georgia, that JDC is helping to support.

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Georgia’s Economic Upswing Leaves the Vulnerable Behind

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Zhanna Veyts

With all eyes on Georgia following its recent parliamentary elections, JDC staff member Zhanna Veyts puts the country’s economic upswing in perspective as she describes the hardships experienced by pensioners, single-income families living below the poverty line, and the country’s many unemployed older adults.

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A Bittersweet Return

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

Read how JDC is helping to support some of the world’s poorest Jews, as staff member Zhanna Veyts takes you along on a home visit in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Rosh Hashanah in Ukraine: A Personal Reflection

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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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An Inspirational Tale for the New Year

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Tags: Elderly

In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, see how I. L. Peretz’ classic tale of the rabbi of Nemirov’s charitable deeds in 19th century Ukraine inspires JDC’s efforts to bring help and hope today to some of the world’s poorest Jews. And please accept our best wishes for a sweet, meaningful, and productive 5773. Shanah tova u’metuka!

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Bringing a Sweeter New Year to Needy Jewish Children in Belarus

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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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Bringing a Sweet New Year to Families in the Crimea

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The crucial IFCJ-JDC Partnership for Children in the FSU seeks to meet the material, health, social, and spiritual needs of the region’s at-risk Jewish children.

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Helping Jews in Ukraine Find their Economic Footing

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With labor statistics dominating the U.S. headlines at the close of every month, and unemployment a critical issue for many overseas Jewish communities, see what JDC and its partners are doing to help Jews in Ukraine overcome the dearth of local employment opportunities, especially in smaller, peripheral areas.

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Hip Hop in Moldova as Next Gen’rs Create their Own Jewish Space

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Flo Low

Even as half of Moldova’s Jews are suffering significant economic hardship, JDC staffer Flo Low’s three-part field account shows how JDC and its partners are aiding the community, and ensuring Jewish life can thrive in Kishinev and beyond.

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