Rwandan genocide orphanage heeds holocaust model
…Agahozo Shalom is budgeted at 20 million dollars (14.8 million euros), funded largely by private donors, corporate sponsors and partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).”The genocide in Rwanda has hit a strong chord with Jews, who have compassion and understanding of the trauma involved and what is needed for reconciliation and to move forward,” said William Recant, Director of Disaster Relief and Development for the JDC….
Canadian Jewish News
Birthright alumni visit Ukraine
…Demberg visited the family in their one-room house that has no running water, bringing them warm clothes and food. The family receives food and medical supplies delivered by Hesed, a program run by the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that is essential to their survival….
From Mumbai to Jerusalem
…Over Thanksgiving, my husband and I, who have spent considerable time working and living in Mumbai with JDC as a part of their Jewish Service programs, were glued to TV and the Internet….http://makom.haaretz.com/blog.asp?bId=108
Jewish Community Shocked by Mumbai Attacks
One of the targets in the Mumbai terrorist attacks was a Jewish community center, where at least six hostages were killed. Among the dead are Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, both directors of the center. Antony Korenstein, country director for India with the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee, speaks about their work with the Jewish community visiting and living in Mumbai.
Mumbai Jewish Center Hostages Perish as Death Toll Exceeds 150
…There are fewer than 5,000 Jews in India, according to the Joint Distribution Committee, a New-York based Jewish aid organization. Before the assault on the Jewish center, nine terrorists had been killed and one, a Pakistani, was arrested, said R.R. Patil, deputy chief minister of the state of Maharashtra. The attackers arrived in Mumbai by sea, Patil told reporters….
Dr. Rick Hodes Helps the Children of Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, there is one doctor for every 40,000 people and never enough medicine. In a nation with a per capita income of $220, modern treatment is reserved largely for the rich. But at Mother Teresa’s Mission, Rick Hodes, MD, devotes himself to healing the poor….
JTA's Blog, The Fundermentalist
JDC taps new head for Israel social policy center
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has named Dr. Dan Ben-David the director of its Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. The center is an independent social economic think tank that analyzes and develops macro-level policy alternatives. Ben-David, who started at his new post Nov. 1, replaced Professor Yaakov Kop, who had headed the Taub Center since its inception in 1982.
The Jewish Week
Pink Ribbons In Once-Red Europe
…Four years after the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee joined the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in a series of pilot advocacy and educational programs in three former Iron Curtain countries, tens of thousands of women are learning to take their health, literally, into their own hands, leaders of the initiative say.
Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky Opens
…Roman Vishniac, a Russian-born Jew, photographed some of the Jewish communities of Central and Eastern Europe before the conflagration of the 1930s and 40. Prompted by a commission of the American Joint Distribution Committee, Vishniac took over 16,000 photographs (2,000 of which survived the war) over a three-year period. His poignant works feature vibrant communities filled with life: men, women and children in their homes and schools, at their trades and in their streets, markets, and temples.
Abandoned synagogue gives shelter in Ossetian war
…All but 17 of South Ossetia’s Jews left during the earlier conflict, mostly going to Israel or Russia, and all but one of those fled during the recent war, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee says. The one remaining Jew, a 71-year-old woman, apparently sought shelter elsewhere.
The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
No Jew Left Behind
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee had a team in Tblisi, the Georgian capital, distributing food and other humanitarian aid. And the Jewish Agency for Israel’s representatives were also there helping those Jews who wished to leave that embattled land to find a new home in the State of Israel.
JFED organizes crisis relief for Georgia
…Overseas Federation partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) maintain services in the region and are assisting the local Jewish community, which is estimated at 7,000- 12,000 people. JAFI and JDC estimate some $2 million in potential emergency and longer-term needs.
Georgia’s Jews staying put – for now
…On Friday morning, Zorab Karichali came to the office of the American Joint Distribution Committee (the “Joint”) to ask for assistance from the aid organization. Three days earlier, he had fled the city of Gori with eight family members. Some are staying with family members, others in refugee centers.
The Jerusalem Post
Small-scale aliya from war-torn Georgia continues
…According to the JDC some 700 Jewish elderly and children were in the areas affected by the fighting and are among those receiving aid from the organization and Jewish communities abroad.
New Jersey Jewish Standards
Georgia on our Minds
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee estimates that more than 700 Jews have been displaced in recent days (see story, page 19), and international Jewish organizations, working closely with the Israeli government, have mobilized to evacuate members of the community, some to Israel.
The Telegraph (JTA blog)
Refugees worry about loved ones
…JDC has launched an effort to match their client lists of local Jews with those they have found from the area, but the process is slow, Ben Zvi said…The JDC staff has made several trips to the embattled city, now under Russian control, bringing in food packages and taking out local Jews. Many of those refugees are now scattered around Tbilisi.
UJC launches Georgia campaign
…UJC has set up a mailbox to take donations, in addition to a blog addressing the crisis. The organization’s overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, have been assisting the local Jewish community, a number of whom have made aliyah to Israel in recent days.
The Jewish Journal
Jews trapped on both sides of Russian-Georgian conflict
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), one of the agencies working on the ground, estimates that more than 700 Jews have been displaced in recent days. Jews caught on both sides of the conflict looked back at the damage with starkly different political viewpoints.
We Are Not Alone
…Beginning their day with top Jewish leaders and opinion makers, the delegation gathered at American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) headquarters for a conversation with Steven Schwager, JDC executive vice president and CEO. Schwager welcomed the 20 members of the leadership delegation from Belarus, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia.
A Jewish social service agency and a U.S.-based breast cancer awareness group are teaming to help treat breast disease in Bosnia
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which have partnered through the JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program, announced the creation of the Society of Senology at a conference this week in Bosnia- Herzegovina.