The Columbus Dispatch
Students Rally to Help Haitians

The daily images and news out of Haiti are inspiring central Ohioans to jump in and get involved — even if that means going face first. Matthew Rodier, a seventh-grader at Columbus Torah Academy, was looking for a service project for his March bar mitzvah when the earthquake occurred. “I was in the car with my dad on the way to tae kwon do and we came up with the idea to have a demonstration to raise money,” said Matthew, who earned his black belt in the martial art in October. The Matthew Rodier Bar Mitzvah Project and Tae Kwon Do Demonstration: All proceeds go to the American Joint Distribution Committee, funding operations at a field hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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The Jewish Exponent
The Reward Comes in the Form of Accomplishing the Work Itself

Millions of lives — and the future of a tiny nation — are still in jeopardy. No, we’re not talking about Israel, but Haiti — that small, impoverished island nation. Within hours of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti last week, Israel and the United States led the way in rescue and recovery. JDC is providing food, water and other material support for EcoWorks and the Afya Foundation, aiding the work of Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health. It is also supporting medical services through Heart to Heart International and the IDF field hospital, which JDC furnished with infant incubators and orthopedic devices.

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The Baltimore Sun
Religious Groups Concentrate on Relief Efforts to Aid Haitians

In the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that has leveled Port-au-Prince, religious groups – many of which have long sent money and volunteers to Haitian orphanages, schools, clinics and churches – are focusing their charitable attention on disaster relief in the Caribbean nation of 9 million. They are talking about the devastation at services, taking up special collections and organizing teams to join the huge international relief effort … including the emergency relief fund of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

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The Jerusalem Post
Guess who did not come to the party?

An op-ed by JDC CEO Steven Schwager Symbolism, rather than action, dominated the General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America. Yes, the GA was a magnificent celebration of Israeli-American Jewish unity and a demonstration of its might. But I returned from Washington more concerned than I have ever been in my 20 years of Jewish communal service. On one hand, we at JDC will support the newly-created JFNA. On the other hand, we are worried about those who were not “present at the party” during the GA. I refer to the other Jews – those who do not live in Israel or North America. Their voices were silent, their needs received a cursory notice and their communities were ignored. I am not trying to be a party spoiler, but 20 percent – one fifth! -of the Jewish people today live outside of the US and Israel.

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The Jerusalem Post
Despite new resources, many trafficking victims go unidentified

Despite new legislation aimed at tackling human trafficking and increased resources to help victims, many people brought to Israel for forced labor or the sex industry remain unknown, according Ilan Cohn, senior program officer for the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI). CIMI is a joint effort of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Justice Ministry with funding from the European Council and kicked off the first of five workshops Wednesday aimed at teaching officials from the Israel Police and the ministries of Justice, Interior, Health, Welfare and Social Services and Public Security to better recognize the victims and help them.

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BBC Middle East
Israel sends aid to flood-stricken Burkina Faso

The Foreign Ministry’s international aid department – MASHAV – together with JDC Israel sent humanitarian aid to Burkina Faso following heavy flooding. Special aid was sent last week by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC Israel) to Burkina Faso. The West African country is suffering from a severe humanitarian crisis, due to recent floods, and hundreds of thousands of people have become refugees in their own country.

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Australian Jewish News
Community Gives Aid For Disaster Relief

With the region reeling from the aftermath of earthquakes in Indonesia, quakes and tsunamis in Samoa, and a typhoon in the Philippines, Jewish Aid Australia (JAA) is urging its supporters to help with emergency efforts. The community is working with Jewish Aid Australia and Mazon, as well as seeking to combine with the wonderful efforts of the Joint Distribution Committee, which has already pledged significant financial resources to help provide aid and assistance in the rebuilding process.

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JTA
JDC Collects Money for Quake Victims in Asia

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is collecting funds on a non-sectarian basis for relief efforts following two earthquake-related disasters in the Asia Pacific region. The JDC is raising to help the tsunami-wracked Samoan islands and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as well as the Philippines, where tropical storm Parma strengthened to a typhoon and two cyclones, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. For more information check the JDC’s Web site.

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The Jerusalem Post
Gov’t signs $6 million deal with private family foundation, JDC

The government on Monday signed a $6 million deal with the US-based Ruderman Family Foundation and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to create new services aimed at improving the lives of Israel’s disabled population. Named Masad Nehuyot in Hebrew – it has yet to receive an official English name – the project involves a $2m. investment from each of the parties, both of which will be involved in the decision-making process along with representatives from the disabled community. “We have brought together many Jewish foundations to work with the Israeli government on projects here but none have been involved in such a high level of partnership,” Alan Gill, executive director of international relations for the JDC, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “This is the first time we have created a national contractual partnership in this manner.”

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The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Retreat Rekindles Jewish Life in Siberia

Looking at Dasha Mazanik, one would never know that at one time her only Jewish experience was limited to what her grandmother, and sole guardian, Tamara shared. And yet today, Dasha, who was abandoned by her alcoholic mother after the death of her father, is an active participant in the JDC-suppoited Ulan-Ude JCC in Eastern Siberia, has taught Jewish tradition to youngsters, and participates in the JCC’s Shalom dance group. She even became a bat mitzvah in 2007. That transformation culminated this year in Dasha’s service as a madricha (counselor) at JDC’s week-long Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program for young Jews and their families in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

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The Jewish Journal of San Antonio
Young Jews from 20 Countries Gather for Leadership Training in Hungary

When Adir Bhastekar told his parents he had been offered the opportunity to leave the bustling, crowded streets of Mumbai this summer to travel to far-off Szarvas, Hungary, they told him to jump at the chance. They wanted him to join the more than 1,800 young Jews from around the world who woe experiencing a unique kind of Jewish community at the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation/American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) International Summer Camp in the serene forests of Southeastern Hungary.

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