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Remembering Stanley Abramovitch This Yom Kippur

This year Stanley Abramovitch, a longtime JDC employee who died last May at 93, will be on our mind.

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When Rwanda Met Estonia: Launching a New Year of Global Jewish Service

photo: photo credit: Gil Shefler
Tags: Entwine

When high schooler Danielle Falk picked up a copy of "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families," a book about the Rwandan genocide, it changed her life forever. Now 25, the native New Yorker is preparing to spend a whole year in Rwanda at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village as part of JDC's Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC).

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JDC Breast Cancer Forum in St. Petersburg Expands WHEP Efforts in Region

More than 250 medical professionals from eight European countries, mostly coming from the Baltic region, attended the JDC-sponsored International Baltic Oncological Forum held last month at the JDC-founded Yesod Community Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Advancing Female Changemakers at JDC’s 2nd Int'l Women’s Leadership Workshop

photo: Ofir Ben Natan

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day (March 8), read how JDC’s International Women's Leadership Workshop in Israel is giving dynamic leaders from 13 countries an opportunity to gain new tools and inspiration for their changemaking work.

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Reflections on the 3rd Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

By: by Judy Amit

– Global Director, JDC - International Development Program

photo: Lee Celano/Getty Images

On the 3rd anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the Global Director of JDC’s International Development Program examines the way we bring our professional expertise to bear to save lives and rebuild communities following natural and man-made disasters.

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Two Faiths Come Together in Japan

Read how JDC has been helping the Jewish Community of Japan develop a cross-cultural relationship with a Buddhist Temple in the area hit hardest by Japan’s March 2011 disaster.

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Roles Reversed, Once Again

By: Rina Edelstein

They say in times of crisis, there are moments that unburden those in the crisis and those who are caring for them. And somewhere between a ceasefire, a terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv, and unrelenting rockets attacks into Israel, in the home of an elderly woman in Ashkelon, that moment came for JDC staffer Rina Edelstein.

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Care for Israel's Elderly in Crisis: Shula's Story

With record numbers of rockets hitting residential areas in Israel today, our teams are working non-stop to help the most vulnerable. And although we try and ensure we reach as many people as possible, it’s always important to remember that it’s not about numbers - it’s about each individual life. Meet 83-year-old Shula Carmiel from Moshav Arugot, outside of Kiryat Malakhi in south-central Israel.

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Caring for Families Impacted by Rocket Fire in Netivot

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.

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20 Years Later—A Rescue Comes Full Circle

By: Rebecca Neuwirth

– Director, JDC Ambassadors

photo: Doron Tashtit

Marking the 20th anniversary of the rescue convoys mounted by JDC during the Siege of Sarajevo, read how JDC’s work in that city continues today.

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Turning the Tables on Poverty

By: Rebecca Neuwirth

– Director, JDC Ambassadors

Israel

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.

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Helping in Haiti

During my recent trip with JDC Interface, I met volunteers from all over the world who told me that they came to help in Haiti and never left, or that they couldn't wait to come back again.

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Israeli Trauma Counseling Comforts Japanese Kids

Read about the latest visit to Japan by Israeli experts who, with JDC’s help, have brought their trauma counseling techniques to children and families displaced by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

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Don't Cry in Haiti: Part 3

By: Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz

“It is hard to describe the scenes of desolation we encountered…” Read Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz's eyewitness report from Haiti and the on-the-ground recovery efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Don't Cry in Haiti: Part 2

By: Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz

“It is hard to describe the scenes of desolation we encountered…” Read Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz's eyewitness report from Haiti and the on-the-ground recovery efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Don't Cry in Haiti: Part 1

By: Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz

“It is hard to describe the scenes of desolation we encountered…” Read Vered Schimmel-Lifschitz's eyewitness report from Haiti and the on-the-ground recovery efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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Giving the Gift of Sight in the Maldives

It’s been said that vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. And recently we teamed up with the Israeli humanitarian organization Eye From Zion and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to actualize just that.

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Physical Rehabilitation Clinic Dedicated for Haiti’s Amputees

Yesterday marked a tremendous stride forward for Haitian amputees and others severely injured by the earthquake: the dedication of a rehabilitation clinic and prosthetic workshop developed by JDC together with Israel’s Magen David Adom and Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital as well as the Haitian Red Cross and the HUEH (l’Hôpital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti). These modernized facilities are the first of their kind in Haiti.

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