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From the CEO: Israeli Plan for Dementia Echoes Globally

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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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New Lehava Initiatives In St. Petersburg Spotlight Jewish Innovation

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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

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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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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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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

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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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