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JDC Delivers Aid to Homebound Kiev Jews

As unrest continues to roil Ukraine, JDC’s stepped-up relief efforts include delivering food and other urgent necessities to Jews near in downtown Kiev where dozens have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in recent days.

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Twenty Years of SEFER

photo: photo credit: Nikolay Busygin
Tags: Education

SEFER – the international conference on Judaic studies – celebrated its 21st year this week, a testament to the staying power and importance of one of JDC’s first projects upon its return to Russia 20 years ago.

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Caring for the Vulnerable Elderly in Odessa

Tags: Elderly

Through seven visits to elderly and children at-risk, the group saw the support the local Hesed and Beitenu day centers gives the city’s most vulnerable Jews.

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From the CEO: Israeli Plan for Dementia Echoes Globally

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

With Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia an increasingly critical factor in planning services for elderly worldwide, CEO Alan Gill pinpoints JDC’s role in helping aging populations in Israel, Russia, and beyond.

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Trip to Siberia Underscores Value of JDC for Dedicated Volunteer

photo: Courtesy of Cheryl Fishbein

While all of Cheryl Fishbein's travel experiences were meaningful, one trip in particular stands out among the rest: the trip to Birobidzhan.

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JFNA Mission Visits JDC-Supported Programs in Belarus

photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Shklar
Tags: Elderly

JDC Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships Dov Ben-Shimon recently traveled to Minsk, Belarus, to address more than 100 Federation campaign leaders and staff.

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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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Read what Hesed and Compassion Mean to a Frail Elderly Woman in Russia

Tags: Elderly, Women

Read how the Book of Ruth’s story of kindness and compassion for the elderly is echoed today in the work carried out throughout the former Soviet Union by the Hesed welfare centers that JDC helps to support.

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Saving Memories; Preserving the Quality of Life

By: Flo Low

photo: Sarah Levin

Read how JDC’s Margery Kohrman Saving Memory program in the former Soviet Union is helping to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s disease sufferers while changing attitudes and social perceptions.

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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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Rediscovering Jewish Roots in Kazakhstan

By: Dov Ben-Shimon

In the far-off city of Almaty in Kazakhstan, learn how a family is reconnecting to its Jewish heritage.

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Moving Forward in the Former Soviet Union

By: Ofer Glanz

– Executive Director, JDC Former Soviet Union Programs

photo: Jay Nubile

On the 25th anniversary of the leadership mission that led to JDC's return to the Soviet Union after an absence of 50 years, JDC's Executive Director of Former Soviet Union Programs describes the challenges facing JDC in that region today.

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

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

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

Tags: Elderly

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

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

By: 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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