Jewish Week: A Foreign Experience Forget the Poconos and the Catskills. Try a one-of-a-kind camp in Hungary this summer.
Szarvas is an international Jewish summer camp founded by the Ronald S. Lauder foundation and JDC. The camp draws together campers from all over the world especially from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Campers range in age from 8 to 18 years old. No country dominates; the United States is just another table in the dining hall between Russia and Latvia. I expected to make friends and learn about other cultures; I was surprised by how I changedï¿½We also want to be good people. It doesn't matter where you live; you want to do what is right. Our wishes joined the sky and together, 500 Jews strong, we entered the dining room for Shabbat dinner.
Two months ago Prof. Zvi Sussman passed away, one of Israel's great and most original economists. Prof. Sussman's article, the final version of which was completed from his hospital bed, is included in the annual review of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israelï¿½ The conclusions of the late Prof. Sussman: poverty and inequality are the result of the market economy. Welfare budgets come to balance and correct its distortions.
Canadian Jewish News: Buenos Aires: the suffering "Paris"
Today, I visited a shantytown a few blocks away from a strip of five-star hotels. I walked through with Ricardo, an employee of JDC. He is working with a contractor to build a $1,500 "home" for a single mother of eight children. I dropped into Baby Help, a program the JDC set up to help pregnant women and mothers of young children to supply them with the basic necessities to raise healthy Jewish children. I arrived when the children were napping and watched in amazement as they slept so peacefully. Many of these sweet children were from very impoverished homes and if not for Baby Help would eat one, perhaps two meals a day.
Baltimore Jewish Times: FSU Jews Struggle To Keep Young Leaders
...Indeed, many young Jews in the FSU -- nourished by summer camps, youth groups, Jewish schools, training as youth counselors and perhaps a birthright israel trip -- express pride in their Jewishness -- Cognizant of this, the JDC, Hillel and others offer leadership and management training to scores of young FSU activists. "They are the backbone of Jewish renaissance in the region," JDC Baltics representative Andres Spokoiny says. "Much of their childhood and youth was spent in democracy, in a context in which Jewish alternatives started to exist. Therefore, these kids are in a much better position than their parents to be community leaders because they have a much more Western outlook, more community experience and more Jewish knowledge."
Texas Jewish Post: JFGD program helps b'nai mitzvah in Cuba
Dallas Cuban B'nai Mitzvah Buddy Program, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the JDC) was born during a family meeting of Harlan and Hank Pollock, their children and grandchildren, upon their return from a federation humanitarian mission to Cuba earlier this year. "We went to Cuba bringing drugs, clothing, shoes and other supplies as well as Judaica,” said Harlan Pollock. “As we were preparing for the joy of the b'nai mitzvah that were to happen in our own family in the coming year, the idea that it's so difficult, and so expensive, for that to happen there really hit home. We came back with a deep sense of wanting to help.