JDC Continues Israel Crisis Response In the Field, Online

Even as hundreds of rockets from Gaza have barraged Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s () emergency response continues on the ground and now online in a new effort reaching the Israeli public. As volunteers are deploying in bomb shelters and emergency kits for the elderly and people with disabilities are prepped and distributed, (www.facebook.com/joint.israel) is offering videos and tip on how to handle children’s trauma, information for people with disabilities and those helping them in times of emergency, and instructions for how elderly Israelis can cope or can be assisted during the crisis.
“At this time of continued conflict, remains at the forefront of efforts to ensure that those Israelis most in need are reached, helped, and comforted. We are carrying out this most critical task with the tremendous support of our most valued partners in the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish federation system, the broad spectrum of American Jewish religious movements, and so many others,” said President Penny Blumenstein and Interim CEO Darrell Friedman.
Since the beginning of the crisis, immediately began caring for people with disabilities, the elderly, children at risk, and others through a variety of programs including hot meal distribution, care for displaced families, and constant outreach and aid provision to the disabled. is also:

works closely with Israel’s Ministries of Social Affairs and Social Welfare, Education and Health, the Home Front Command, and the National Emergency Network during times of crisis. ‘s emergency response in Israel is based on expertise and programmatic initiatives developed during the second intifada, the Second Lebanon War, and the Carmel Fires disaster. This response ensures that support and assistance can be delivered quickly and effectively.

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JDC Appoints Ofer Glanz Director of Former Soviet Union Department

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced today that Ofer Glanz has been appointed Director of its Former Soviet Union Department. With more than 20 years of private sector and NGO experience in global markets including Russia, Ukraine, India, Israel, and China, Glanz brings to JDC the ability to address today’s challenges in the former Soviet Union with expertise in creating and directing multiple local and regional operations throughout those regions. His past experience also includes creating community-building programs, strategic operational planning, and Jewish leadership training.

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JDC Announces First Archives Fellows

Two historians named inaugural recipients of the Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellowship

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced today that historians Mary Fraser Kirsh and Susan Gilson Miller were named the first Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellows. Designed for scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study, the Fellowship is for research in the JDC Archives facilities in New York or Jerusalem.

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JDC/Presentense Moscow Fellows Hold First Launch Night

Tonight the inaugural class of JDC/PresenTense Kaet Fellows will pitch and present their new social entrepreneurship ventures to Moscow’s thriving Jewish community. After five months of intensive training and incubation, the ventures will be presented to a group of more than 100 local Jewish community leaders, philanthropists, and others at Moscow’s Strelka Institute. A first in Moscow, such launch nights have been hosted by PresenTense in New York, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and 7 other sites this season.

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First-Ever Limmud China Launched

JDC and Limmud International Support Local Asian Jewish Leaders in Creation of Inaugural Limmud China

In a global first, Jews from Asia will gather near the Great Wall of China to build regional unity and share their Jewish experiences at Limmud China, an initiative of Jewish community leaders from Asia supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Limmud International. Nearly 100 Jews from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, are registered for the day-long event on June 3, 2012.

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To The Rescue: JDC Leads Growing Emergency Relief Effort for Greek Jewish Community

As financial conditions worsen for Greek Jews, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), through the support of the Jewish Federations of North America, is leading a growing group of global partners, including Lauder Foundation and Leichtag Family Foundation, to aid the financially-strapped Jewish community. Suffering under the weight of high unemployment, a loss of income, and new taxes, Jews are out of work and seeking assistance. In response, JDC has advocated for a pan-European and pan-Jewish response and has donated, to date, $330,000 for welfare and school scholarships to the Athens Jewish community, which has been the most hard hit. Additionally, JDC will be holding its European regional Gesher young leadership conference in Thessaloniki to ensure young Greek Jews can participate locally.

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JDC Responds to Extreme Winter Weather in Europe and Former Soviet Union

As a wave of dangerous winter weather continues to grip Eastern Europe and parts of the former Soviet Union, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has activated its emergency winter response system to supplement the care it already provides to tens of thousands of Jewish elderly and needy children at this time of year. In addition to the heating fuel, blankets, warm jackets, clothes and boots JDC has provided for 20 winters in the past, JDC staff are currently providing extra heating supplies and food to those who cannot leave home and called to check in on those who need additional medical care in some of the hardest hit areas like the Balkans and Ukraine.

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JDC/PRESENTENSE Names First Moscow Fellows

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and PresenTense have announced 13 young Jewish entrepreneurs as its first group of Moscow-based Kaet Fellows. From a high tech expert to a small town rabbi, these Russian social innovators will enter a 5-month incubator where they will transform their ideas for addressing community challenges into sustainable local ventures. Such ventures will include those focusing on Jewish education, emergency medical training, the needs of Jewish seniors, volunteerism, Jewish art and culture, among other topic areas.

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