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New Study Illuminates the Hardship Facing Jewish Elderly Across Former Soviet Union

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Tags: Elderly

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.

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Turning the Tables on Poverty

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Rebecca Neuwirth

– Director, JDC Ambassadors

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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Working Together to Help a Family in Need in Ukraine

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Dov Ben-Shimon

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.

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A Home Visit in Georgia Provides a Graphic Picture of Human Needs

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

See how difficult life can be for the people behind the program statistics as JDC staffer Zhanna Veyts visits a struggling family in Tbilisi, Georgia, that JDC is helping to support.

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Georgia’s Economic Upswing Leaves the Vulnerable Behind

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Zhanna Veyts

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.

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A Bittersweet Return

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Zhanna Veyts

Tags: Children

Read how JDC is helping to support some of the world’s poorest Jews, as staff member Zhanna Veyts takes you along on a home visit in Kiev, Ukraine.

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An Inspirational Tale for the New Year

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Tags: Elderly

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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Bringing a Sweeter New Year to Needy Jewish Children in Belarus

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To combat ongoing economic hardship in Belarus, over 4,200 at-risk Jewish children and their families received essential support from us last year. See how Rosh Hashanah activities, portrayed in this slideshow, helped strengthen these children’s ties to the Jewish community—and let their families enjoy a sweeter New Year.

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Bringing a Sweet New Year to Families in the Crimea

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The crucial IFCJ-JDC Partnership for Children in the FSU seeks to meet the material, health, social, and spiritual needs of the region’s at-risk Jewish children.

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JDC Helps Bring Israeli Eye Care Expertise to Kyrgyzstan

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Sam Amiel

– Senior Program Manager

Recently JDC, together with the Israeli Foreign Ministry's MASHAV Foreign Assistance program, co-sponsored a medical humanitarian mission to Kyrgyzstan organized by Eye from Zion, a volunteer-based Israeli medical organization that provides surgery and training in ophthalmology to the developing world. Sam Amiel, a senior JDC staffer who accompanied this mission, captures the importance of Eye from Zion’s work in his field report.

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A Home Visit in Kishinev, Moldova

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Flo Low

Even as half of Moldova’s Jews are suffering significant economic hardship, JDC staffer Flo Low’s three-part field account shows how JDC and its partners are aiding the community, and ensuring Jewish life can thrive in Kishinev and beyond.

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Woman of Valor Brings Hope to Struggling Jewish Families in Uruguay

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Miriam is one of the founding members of a Tzedaká women’s commission that supports programs for children and families struggling to rebuild their lives since the country’s economic crisis earlier this decade.

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In Belarus, the Face of Jewish Poverty

Here at JDC we often stress the fact that we endeavor to save lives every day, one person at a time.

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JDC Expands Social Services for Kyrgyzstan Jews

In light of the heightened ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, JDC has expanded its welfare services, including providing extra food and medicine, to ensure that the region’s neediest Jews receive the care that they need under these unpredictable circumstances. We’re also continuing to monitor the safety of the local Jewish community clients every day.

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Job Centers Bolster Baltics Employment

The fact that there are economic woes in the Baltics is hardly “news” these days. But new to the media scene is how JDC is helping battle rising rates of unemployment and poverty among Jews in those countries—especially those who had managed to work their way into the middle class over the past number of years, only to find themselves knocked back down a number of rungs amidst the global financial crisis.

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Passover Prep in Motion Across the FSU

In Ukraine and Siberia … in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan … across the former Soviet Union (FSU) many of the poorest Jewish children and their families are set to take part in Passover seders this year, supported by the IFCJ-JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union.

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Helping FSU Children Brave the Cold

For many, this winter delighted with beautiful snow showers, bonus days-off for sledding, and glimpses of stellar athletes giving their all at the 2010 Winter Olympics. But in the former Soviet Union, there are many Jewish children who must go without, whose lives are deeply impacted in a different way by the cold, harsh winter and a frozen economy.

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