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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Jerusalem Post
Joint effort

…”I was from Holland, and I was in Bergen-Belsen. I came back without my father, but with my mother and sisters,” recalls Nordheim, now 73, who manages the computer systems for JDC-Israel. “…The JDC provided crucial assistance to his family after their initial request to the British was denied, and Nordheim, then aged 13, arrived in Palestine with his family in 1947. After a career in teaching, at 40 years old he decided to start a new career with computers and went to work for the Joint in the 1970s. The prestigious Israel Prize is awarded each year on Yom Ha’atzmaut to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to Israeli society and culture. This year JDC-Israel is set to receive the award, in recognition of the charitable organization’s ongoing and deep influence on Israeli life. Like Nordheim, many of the organization’s employees have a personal connection…

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Jerusalem Post
Time Bank helps JDC win Israel Prize

…”Started four years ago as a joint project of JDC and the Association of Community Centers, Time Bank has since expanded to 30 locations across the country and claims more than 3,000 “bankers.” The program will eventually be fully taken over by the Association of Community Centers; it is a good example of the kind of social projects that caused the JDC to be chosen as a recipient of this year’s Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel.

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Jerusalem Post
How the ‘Joint’ does it

…”The JDC has helped Jews in the land of Israel under the Ottoman government, the British government, and every previous Israeli government. We will be here as long as there are vulnerable citizens in need of assistance…” As Israel celebrates its 59th birthday, it is still fighting a war on two critical fronts. The second front is the social: bridging gaps in society, creating better options and opportunities for vulnerable populations, and striving for excellence in education and culture. It is this essential second front where the JDC stands unconditionally and indefatigably with the people of Israel.”

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