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In Djerba, A Lag Ba'Omer Pilgrimage

photo: credit: Gil Shefler/JDC

They'll gather together once more, as they've done on Lag Ba'Omer for 150 years – thousands of Jews visiting "La Ghriba," the ornate and ancient synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba.

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Polish Oscar-Winning Movie Sparks Interest in Jewish Issues

Last week, "Ida," a movie about a young woman training to be a nun who shockingly discovers her Jewish roots, won an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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Silence Speaks Loudly in Cuba

There was no way of knowing when we planned JDC's Board and Ambassadors trip to Cuba in fall 2014 that it would come at such an historic time in Cuban-U.S. relations.

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At Tu B'Shvat Celebration in Bulgaria, Togetherness and Tradition

Those who attended said it was very emotional to see four generations of Bulgarian Jews onstage together, reciting the prayers and singing songs in Ladino.

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From the CEO: Around the World, Snapshots of Jewish Hope

Here are four snapshots from my recent travels – from Israel to Russia to Poland to the Netherlands – which illustrate JDC at work.

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In Siberia, More Than 50 Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Each year in Siberia, dozens of young people celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs during a week-long JDC-supported family retreat.

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A Summer Oasis: Ukrainians at Szarvas

Dozens of children from Ukraine and Russia will attend the camp's 25th summer -- a welcome respite from the tension gripping their nations.

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Responding to the Balkans' Devastating Floods

photo: photo credit: Itai E. Shamir

JDC's comprehensive crisis response included aid to the broader population through IDP partners, as well as assistance to the Jewish community.

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JDC and UNICEF: Partners in Philippines Typhoon Relief

photo: photo credit: Nancy Borowick

A JDC Ambassadors/JDC Entwine partnership, the event spotlighted the organizations' response to the recent Typhoon Haiyan.

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Celebrating JDC's Centennial in Moscow

Tags: Education

JDC's century of service to the global Jewish people was celebrated at Limmud Moscow, an annual educational conference dating back to 2007 that is one of the many Jewish activities JDC supports in Russia.

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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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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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Marc Chagall & JDC

photo: photo credit: Matt Borowick

Read remarks shared at a JDC event around the Marc Chagall exhibit at The Jewish Museum. The event was a cooperation between the JDC Board, JDC Archives, Ambassadors, and Entwine.

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At Seaside Seminar, Connecting Latvian Jews

photo: Courtesy of Martin Levi

More than 90 people – young Jews and their children from all over Latvia – traveled to the seaside on the Gulf of Riga Oct. 11-13 for a JDC-supported family weekend.

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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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From the CEO: Estonia's Jewish Rebirth is a cause for a Sweet New Year

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

As we prepare to celebrate the Jewish New Year next week – and I extend my deepest personal wishes for a Shanah Tovah to you – I have been giving some serious thought to one of its major themes: rebirth. After all, Jewish tradition teaches us that at Rosh Hashanah the world was born and in many ways we celebrate that birth year after year at this time.

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Writing a New Chapter of Jewish History in Hungary with JDC Ambassadors

photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Neuwirth

The Jewish community here, long one of the largest in Europe, is struggling to find its identity in the face of a rising tide of anti-Semitism following years of Communist rule. This community needs JDC's vigilance and support.

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From the CEO: JDC Stands with Greece's Jewish Community

By: Alan H. Gill

– Chief Executive Officer

As Greece’s economic woes continue to multiply, read how recent visits made by JDC’s CEO and Board members to the Jewish community in Athens underscored JDC’s assistance and support in the face of ongoing challenges.

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New Museums In Russia and Poland To Use JDC Materials

Tags: Education

Two innovative new museums, in Warsaw and Moscow, are using JDC Archives photographs and film footage to help tell the story of the Jewish people.

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