UJC to raise $10 million for relief effort
The United Jewish Communities announced Monday that it will raise the funds to augment humanitarian and social needs programs that its overseas partners, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, already run in southern Israel, which has been under attack by Hamas missiles….
New Jersey Jewish News
A Jewish journey, from joy to sorrow and back
The Cuban-Jewish community has shrunk from 15,000 in 1959 to 1,500 today. In 1990, Castro relaxed the anti-religion attitude of the government, and many who had cast off their Jewish identity began to return. In 1992, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was given permission to assist with rebuilding the Jewish community.
Abraham Fund sponsors job fair for Israeli Arab women; More than 350 women participated in the job fair in Sachnin
…Amnon Be’eri-Sulitzeanu, Co-executive Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives said, “The overwhelming turnout of women that came to participate in the job fair is definitive proof that Arab women are eager to get out of the house, integrate themselves into the job market, and contribute to the earnings of their families.” The job fair was made possible through the framework of “Sharikat Haya” (life partnership a project of the Abraham Fund) in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee….
Georgian Refugees Seek Return to Normalcy
“The Jews that live in Tbilisi and in Gori are the poorest that I saw, in really poor condition, the worst I’ve seen,” said Amir Ben Zvi, a member of the crisis team for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that was flown in immediately after the conflict began. “It was easy for them to lose everything, and we had to make an effort to put them back on the standing where they were before.”
JDC: Funding intact for 2009
Despite the philanthropic turmoil facing Jewish charities and non-profit organizations, the American Jewish-Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced Monday that only a small portion of its $300 million budget for 2009 is likely to be damaged by the Madoff investment scam and the global economic crisis….
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.