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In Ukraine, Caring for our Caregivers

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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: One Family's Personal Crisis

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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"

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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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In Kharkov, JDC is "Glue Keeping Puzzle Together"

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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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JDC on the Front Lines

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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

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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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Critical Crisis Care Continues

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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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JDC Delivers Aid to Homebound Kiev Jews

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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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Caring for the Vulnerable Elderly in Odessa

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Through seven visits to elderly and children at-risk, the group saw the support the local Hesed and Beitenu day centers gives the city’s most vulnerable Jews.

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

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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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Read what Hesed and Compassion Mean to a Frail Elderly Woman in Russia

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Read how the Book of Ruth’s story of kindness and compassion for the elderly is echoed today in the work carried out throughout the former Soviet Union by the Hesed welfare centers that JDC helps to support.

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