Gothamist.com
Shaking Up the Seder Table at New York Restaurants

Capsouto Freres is not only serving a Sephardic-style seder menu including their Matzo Mina, (layers of matzo, egg, potato, and a sprinkling of parmesan), but they’re doing it for a good cause. The seders are serving as a fundraiser for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian aid organization which works in over 60 countries worldwide. Seders are $150.00 donation, 100% of which goes to help communities in need overseas.

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BBC International Monitoring Reports
ISRAEL SENDS MEDICAL AID, EQUIPMENT TO KENYAN HOSPITAL

Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by means of MASHAV, the Israel Centre for International Cooperation, sent a plane load of aid to Kenya that included three tons of medications and medical equipment for Kenyan hospitals. The Israeli embassy in Nairobi will transfer the equipment to two hospitals in Nairobi and one in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu. Eight hundred kilograms of ICU equipment was contributed by the International Distribution Programme of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

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Washington Jewish Week
New phase of Hillel activity in the FSU

There were few yarmulkes or other obvious signs of Jewish observance among the 200 young Jews from more than 20 Russian and Ukrainian cities who attended the four-day conference and training session, or its sister conference taking place concurrently in Kiev. Also, many of the participants were in their mid- to late 20s, typical in a region where Hillel is not an on-campus organization, but a city-centered Jewish youth club that draws teenagers as well as young married couples. The dual conferences came nine months into Hillel’s new partnership in the former Soviet Union with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

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Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
Agahozo

…Heyman was in town last week to raise money and awareness for the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Moved to ease the plight of 1.2 million children left orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide, she came up with the idea of emulating the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, the model by which Israel absorbed, raised and educated hundreds of post-Holocaust Jewish orphans. …Using funds provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and private donors, the village will provide 500 Rwandan children with community, family, an education and a vocation.

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JTA
Making communal servicea rite of passage in Jewish life

…”Not to take away from the short-term programs, but the long-term programs are much more intensive in terms of learning and contribution,” says Linda Levi, assistant executive vice president of the JDC and founder of its Jewish Service Corps, which places young volunteers for yearlong assignments in needy Jewish communities around the world. “The impact on the participants and the communities served is much greater.”

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JTA
Rice’s help sought to solve old mystery

The JDC asked Condoleeza Rice to help solve a 40-year-old mystery involving the death of a former JDC official. The body of Charles Jordan, a former JDC executive chairman, was found floating in Prague’s Vltava River nearly 40 years ago. “Grounds to suspect foul play are undeniable given the circumstances, and yet the crime never received its deserved attention,” JDC Executive Vice President Steven Schwager wrote to the U.S. secretary of state on July 19…

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Jerusalem Post
Employing the unemployable

Prior to getting a job at Office Depot through the JDC’s Strive program, Ze’ev had been earning a living, but his line of work – dealing drugs – could have landed him in jail. Today, Ze’ev is earning high marks from his boss, thriving in his new job and hoping for a promotion in the near futu… “The goal of the program is to not only move more people into the labor force, but to keep them there as well, and prevent them from falling back into the circle of distress,” said Yossi Tamir, director of Tevet. “However, the JDC’s work is not limited to employing the previously unemployable, but we are also responsible for delivering social services to Israel’s most underprivileged and vulnerable citizens…”

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