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JDC and UNICEF: Partners in Philippines Typhoon Relief

photo: photo credit: Nancy Borowick

A JDC Ambassadors/JDC Entwine partnership, the event spotlighted the organizations' response to the recent Typhoon Haiyan.

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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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In Argentina, a JDC Model of Local Empowerment

– Rebecca Neuwirth

For JDC, our work in Argentina is a case study and a story that should be more widely appreciated.

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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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Latvian Jews Prepare For Purim

photo: Courtesy of Ariel Nadbornik

The Jewish community of Latvia will celebrate the holiday with a brand-new shpiel expected to attract 150 to 200 people to a hotel in central Riga.

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Proud History, Strong Connection: Reflecting on JDC and Japan

By: Dov Ben-Shimon

– Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships

photo: photo credit: JDC Archives

After the 2011 “Great East Japan Earthquake” and Tohoku tsunami hit, I spent a considerable amount of time working with our colleagues around the world to raise funds for JDC's amazing rescue operations.

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In Odessa, Not Alone Anymore: Lisa, 94

At 94, Lisa Kestelman of Odessa, Ukraine, would be alone in the world were it not for her Hesed homecare worker.

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In Kharkov, JDC is "Glue Keeping Puzzle Together"

A former Hesed volunteer in Kharkov before she became homebound owing to complications from a host of diseases -- diabetes, atherosclerosis, pancreatitis, and more -- Asya knows the importance of community and of giving back to the Jewish people.

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Q&A with David Bezmozgis: On Crimea, JDC's 100th, and His Next Novel

photo: Courtesy of David Bezmozgis

Hear from celebrated author David Bezmozgis, who penned the foreword to “I Live. Send Help,” the remarkable newly published JDC Archives book illustrating our century of service and modern Jewish history.

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JDC on the Front Lines

Amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, JDC continues its work caring for the country's most vulnerable Jews – like 74-year-old Felix of Sevastopol, a city of about 340,000 on the Crimean peninsula.

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Faces of the Ukraine Crisis: Boris and Izabella

Izabella and Boris are two of the faces of Ukraine's ongoing crisis. Living in dismal poverty, they spend their entire winter huddled together in their kitchen because it's the only room with heat in their dilapidated apartment in the slums of Odessa.

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Mobilizing Emergency Relief in Crimea

In light of unfolding events in the Crimea region of Ukraine, JDC has activated emergency plans aimed at helping the neediest within the ethnically mixed peninsula's Jewish community. Today Crimea is home to an estimated 17,000 Jews, mostly located in and around the main urban centers of Simferopol, Sevastopol, Feodosia, and Yalta.

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Stepping Up to Ukraine’s Challenge

For seniors Mihail and Lyudmila — just two of the many vulnerable, elderly people we have told you about during Ukraine’s ongoing crisis — JDC is a lifeline when violence and unrest spreads fear and concern for the future.

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Critical Crisis Care Continues

For Irina, a homecare worker at JDC’s Hesed social welfare center in Kiev, the crisis in Ukraine wasn’t going to stop her from taking care of her clients – even if merely doing her job put her in the snipers’ crosshairs.

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