Jewish News of Greater Phoenix: JDC: Aiding World's Needy Jews
An Interview with Steven Schwager "The critical issue is that as bad as things are here, we are a global people, and we're all responsible one for the other, and if we don't take care of our brethren overseas, we won't be a global people anymore." So says Steve Schwager, the CEO and executive director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (better known as the JDC or "the Joint"). He was in Phoenix recently to press the case that, as tempting as it is to turn the focus inward in these trying times, the American Jewish community should not lose sight of the growing needs of Jews around the world. Schwager, who joined JDC in 1989 as chief operating officer, took on his current role in 2002. The Joint aids poor and struggling Jewish communities in 70 countries around the world. "You can't manage in 70 countries sitting in New York," he says, so he and his staff are generally on the road about 130 days a year.