Canadian Jewish News
Buenos Aires: the suffering “Paris”

Today, I visited a shantytown a few blocks away from a strip of five-star hotels. I walked through with Ricardo, an employee of JDC. He is working with a contractor to build a $1,500 “home” for a single mother of eight children. I dropped into Baby Help, a program the JDC set up to help pregnant women and mothers of young children to supply them with the basic necessities to raise healthy Jewish children. I arrived when the children were napping and watched in amazement as they slept so peacefully. Many of these sweet children were from very impoverished homes and if not for Baby Help would eat one, perhaps two meals a day.

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Israel Today
Israel to assist Sri Lanka improve emergency medicine

Israel has recently launched a long range plan to train the health authorities in Sri Lanka in the areas of trauma and emergency medicine. The project is being led by MASHAV, the Center for International Development and Cooperation in the Foreign Ministry, and in conjunction with the JOINT (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), and is considered a flagship project. During the second stage, Israel will launch a donation of six ambulances (a donation from the JOINT) to Sri Lanka. In addition, Israeli experts will conduct workshops for local health professionals in Sri Lanka.

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Federation of Jewish Communitites of CIS
Tatarstan Government Gives Major Grant to Rebuild Historic Synagogue and Jewish School

The President of the Republic of Tatarstan donated $400,000 to the Jewish Community of Kazan, to renovate the historic synagogue and Jewish school building. He stated that the Jewish Community will always feel at home on Tatar soil, since its aim is to unite all peoples, regardless of race or creed.The Chairman of the Community Mr. Alexander Velder, briefed the President with the Community’s activities throughout the past 10 years, including the humanitarian activities of the organization “Chesed,” funded by JDC, who serve more than 3,000 clients in the republic.

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Baltimore Jewish Times
FSU Jews Struggle To Keep Young Leaders

…Indeed, many young Jews in the FSU — nourished by summer camps, youth groups, Jewish schools, training as youth counselors and perhaps a birthright israel trip — express pride in their Jewishness — Cognizant of this, the JDC, Hillel and others offer leadership and management training to scores of young FSU activists. “They are the backbone of Jewish renaissance in the region,” JDC Baltics representative Andres Spokoiny says. “Much of their childhood and youth was spent in democracy, in a context in which Jewish alternatives started to exist. Therefore, these kids are in a much better position than their parents to be community leaders because they have a much more Western outlook, more community experience and more Jewish knowledge.”

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