What first struck me in Georgia was the incredible mixture of folklore and modernity, side-by-side. It was evident in the architecture, predominantly old structures – Orthodox churches, and stone buildings – nestled into the mountainous landscape. But at odd intervals in Tbilisi, the capital city, I’d come across a super-modern building – all glass and impossible shapes, rivaling the latest sensation in Bilbao or New York.
JDC’s investment in education for women in the ancient Jewish community on the island of Djerba is a crucible for the Jewish community development opportunities that arise among the world's most far-flung Jewish communities.
Since violence erupted in Ukraine last year, many caretakers and volunteers working for JDC's Hesed social welfare center network have risked their lives treating thousands of homebound and frail elderly around Ukraine.
As Ukraine’s crisis continues, marked this past weekend by dozens of deaths in the Black Sea coast city of Mariupol, JDC doubled down on its efforts to care for the most vulnerable Jews still living in the conflict-laden eastern part of the country.
Every Chanukah for the past two decades, a giant menorah has lit up the central square of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, bringing a little festive cheer to Jewish and non-Jewish locals during the long winter nights.
This week, I returned from Ukraine after a week-long trip visiting JDC’s programs, clients, and staff in both Odessa and Kiev -- the first time I was personally exposed to the crucial work JDC does in the former Soviet Union.
Earlier this month, the Jews of besieged Donetsk -- the city in eastern Ukraine caught in the crossfires of much of the tension and violence plaguing the former Soviet republic -- celebrated a very special Sukkot.
One of Moscow's largest Jewish community centers, the Nikitskaya, was renamed in honor of Ralph Goldman, one of the Jewish world's most accomplished leaders who died, at 100, in Jerusalem earlier this month.
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