Within the vast Asia region, India and Turkey are home to some of the oldest centers of Jewish life still thriving today.
JDC’s challenge is to ensure that the small, often widely dispersed Jewish communities in these countries can care for their neediest and remain culturally vibrant and self-sustaining.
JDC’s operations in Asia primarily focus on:
- Revitalizing Jewish life by supporting a Jewish school in Istanbul, a JCC in Mumbai, and other local Jewish institutions; helping to build local expertise; and strengthening the interconnectedness of the region as a whole.
- Developing tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, including communal lay leaders, professionals, and volunteers, by creating opportunities for professional forums, exchanges and shared learning.
- Rescuing victims of emergencies by being the first source of Jewish humanitarian assistance on the ground when disaster strikes and offering critical relief and expert long-term development assistance.
JDC’s programs in Asia increase the sustainability of local Jewish communities and ensure a viable Jewish future in the region.