As Shabbat nears in Israel, rockets launched from the Gaza Strip continue to explode in the south and center of the country, with several hitting residential areas in Ashdod and setting off bomb sirens in Tel Aviv (for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991) and in Jerusalem.
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.
Gain insight into JDC’s efforts to ameliorate poverty in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and other parts of the world by learning what JDC professionals on the frontlines of these initiatives reported at the JDC Ambassadors forum held recently in New York.
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.
With educational needs in Muslim countries a focus of attention today in many forums, read how JDC is helping Tunisian Jews provide new opportunities for girls and young women in Djerba, home to one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities.
Creative Programs “Outside the Jewish Walls” are Magnets for Non-Affiliated Jews
Read JDC senior professional Diego Ornique’s cogent account of JDC’s “JCC without Walls” initiative and the exciting events in alternative venues that are attracting increasing numbers of non-affiliated Jews.
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.
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.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has only just begun, but JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program is already in high gear. Just back from the 5th Annual Race for the Cure that took place in Sarajevo last weekend, a senior JDC professional recounts the inspiration he drew from the enthusiastic participants at this national event.
Learn how a snake show and a water buffalo ride are helping Salome Abraham to expand JDC’s outreach to young Jewish adults in India—an age group vital to the future of this small but active Jewish community.
Read how JDC brought the Jewish New Year to life in Buenos Aires with its latest edition of Urban Rosh Hashanah, a street festival that draws tens of thousands of people of all ages for a fun-filled exploration of Jewish holiday customs.
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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