Family in their home in Thane, India.  The family's home was under four feet of water during recent flooding and received vitally needed assistance from JDC.

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.

A map of Asia Mumbai, India, Evelyn Peters Jewish Community Center, Rosh Hashanah Seder. Richard Lord.

JDC’s operations in Asia primarily focus on:

Primary school in Adapazari, Turkey, constructed following the 1999 earthquakes through partnerships established by JDC with Turkish and Israeli government agencies, the Turkish Jewish community, and Turkish Jews living in Israel.
Occupational therapy and social activities at the Turkish Jewish community’s home for the elderly in Istanbul are among the programs and services upgraded with technical assistance and seed money from JDC.

JDC’s programs in Asia increase the sustainability of local Jewish communities and ensure a viable Jewish future in the region.