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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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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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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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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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Photo Blog: One Day in Kiev

Seen here in photographs taken by JDC's team in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital has been transformed into a landscape resembling a war zone, with charred buildings lining its wide boulevards and fortified encampments filling the city's Independence Square.

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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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From the CEO: A Life Inspired: Remembering Anne Heyman

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

CEO Alan Gill reflects on the inspirational life of Anne Heyman z"l and the impact she made on countless lives worldwide.

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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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Two Generations of JDC Leaders Visit Cuba

photo: Photo credit: Matt Borowick

JDC Board member Debby Miller and her daughter Stacy Gorelick, a new member of JDC Ambassadors Circle, had the opportunity to get to know some of the 1,500 members of Cuba’s Jewish community.

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From the CEO: In Jewish Europe, the Present Mirrors JDC's Past

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

CEO Alan Gill shares his JNS oped on how JDC's economic recovery work in European Jewish communities today reflects 100 years of impact on Jewish life.

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