Abandoned synagogue gives shelter in Ossetian war
…All but 17 of South Ossetia’s Jews left during the earlier conflict, mostly going to Israel or Russia, and all but one of those fled during the recent war, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee says. The one remaining Jew, a 71-year-old woman, apparently sought shelter elsewhere.
The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
No Jew Left Behind
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee had a team in Tblisi, the Georgian capital, distributing food and other humanitarian aid. And the Jewish Agency for Israel’s representatives were also there helping those Jews who wished to leave that embattled land to find a new home in the State of Israel.
JFED organizes crisis relief for Georgia
…Overseas Federation partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) maintain services in the region and are assisting the local Jewish community, which is estimated at 7,000- 12,000 people. JAFI and JDC estimate some $2 million in potential emergency and longer-term needs.
Georgia’s Jews staying put – for now
…On Friday morning, Zorab Karichali came to the office of the American Joint Distribution Committee (the “Joint”) to ask for assistance from the aid organization. Three days earlier, he had fled the city of Gori with eight family members. Some are staying with family members, others in refugee centers.
The Jerusalem Post
Small-scale aliya from war-torn Georgia continues
…According to the JDC some 700 Jewish elderly and children were in the areas affected by the fighting and are among those receiving aid from the organization and Jewish communities abroad.
New Jersey Jewish Standards
Georgia on our Minds
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee estimates that more than 700 Jews have been displaced in recent days (see story, page 19), and international Jewish organizations, working closely with the Israeli government, have mobilized to evacuate members of the community, some to Israel.
The Telegraph (JTA blog)
Refugees worry about loved ones
…JDC has launched an effort to match their client lists of local Jews with those they have found from the area, but the process is slow, Ben Zvi said…The JDC staff has made several trips to the embattled city, now under Russian control, bringing in food packages and taking out local Jews. Many of those refugees are now scattered around Tbilisi.
UJC launches Georgia campaign
…UJC has set up a mailbox to take donations, in addition to a blog addressing the crisis. The organization’s overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, have been assisting the local Jewish community, a number of whom have made aliyah to Israel in recent days.
The Jewish Journal
Jews trapped on both sides of Russian-Georgian conflict
…The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), one of the agencies working on the ground, estimates that more than 700 Jews have been displaced in recent days. Jews caught on both sides of the conflict looked back at the damage with starkly different political viewpoints.
We Are Not Alone
…Beginning their day with top Jewish leaders and opinion makers, the delegation gathered at American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) headquarters for a conversation with Steven Schwager, JDC executive vice president and CEO. Schwager welcomed the 20 members of the leadership delegation from Belarus, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia.
A Jewish social service agency and a U.S.-based breast cancer awareness group are teaming to help treat breast disease in Bosnia
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which have partnered through the JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program, announced the creation of the Society of Senology at a conference this week in Bosnia- Herzegovina.
Shaking Up the Seder Table at New York Restaurants
Capsouto Freres is not only serving a Sephardic-style seder menu including their Matzo Mina, (layers of matzo, egg, potato, and a sprinkling of parmesan), but they’re doing it for a good cause. The seders are serving as a fundraiser for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian aid organization which works in over 60 countries worldwide. Seders are $150.00 donation, 100% of which goes to help communities in need overseas.
BBC International Monitoring Reports
ISRAEL SENDS MEDICAL AID, EQUIPMENT TO KENYAN HOSPITAL
Last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by means of MASHAV, the Israel Centre for International Cooperation, sent a plane load of aid to Kenya that included three tons of medications and medical equipment for Kenyan hospitals. The Israeli embassy in Nairobi will transfer the equipment to two hospitals in Nairobi and one in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu. Eight hundred kilograms of ICU equipment was contributed by the International Distribution Programme of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Washington Jewish Week
New phase of Hillel activity in the FSU
There were few yarmulkes or other obvious signs of Jewish observance among the 200 young Jews from more than 20 Russian and Ukrainian cities who attended the four-day conference and training session, or its sister conference taking place concurrently in Kiev. Also, many of the participants were in their mid- to late 20s, typical in a region where Hillel is not an on-campus organization, but a city-centered Jewish youth club that draws teenagers as well as young married couples. The dual conferences came nine months into Hillel’s new partnership in the former Soviet Union with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
The Jewish Week
Jewish Study Flourishes In Moscow
…Recalling when the Soviet Union collapsed and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) returned to work in the FSU, Steven Schwager, CEO of the JDC, said: “It was a dream of JDC to have the Russian Jewish community take its rightful place among the global Jewish people. Limmud FSU is the fruition of that dream, and we are proud to be a part of its success.”
Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Responding to Natural Disasters: JDC’s Response to the Tsunami
Dr. Amos Avgar; Dr. William Recant; and Romi KaplanThis article examines the post-disaster intervention strategies of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) following the tsunami that struck South and Southeast Asia in December 2004.
Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
…Heyman was in town last week to raise money and awareness for the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. Moved to ease the plight of 1.2 million children left orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide, she came up with the idea of emulating the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, the model by which Israel absorbed, raised and educated hundreds of post-Holocaust Jewish orphans. …Using funds provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and private donors, the village will provide 500 Rwandan children with community, family, an education and a vocation.
Making communal servicea rite of passage in Jewish life
…”Not to take away from the short-term programs, but the long-term programs are much more intensive in terms of learning and contribution,” says Linda Levi, assistant executive vice president of the JDC and founder of its Jewish Service Corps, which places young volunteers for yearlong assignments in needy Jewish communities around the world. “The impact on the participants and the communities served is much greater.”
Rice’s help sought to solve old mystery
The JDC asked Condoleeza Rice to help solve a 40-year-old mystery involving the death of a former JDC official. The body of Charles Jordan, a former JDC executive chairman, was found floating in Prague’s Vltava River nearly 40 years ago. “Grounds to suspect foul play are undeniable given the circumstances, and yet the crime never received its deserved attention,” JDC Executive Vice President Steven Schwager wrote to the U.S. secretary of state on July 19…
New hearing aid system installed at Ifat cultural hall
A new hearing aid system is being set up at the regional cultural hall in Kibbutz Ifat, as is the standard in leading theaters across the country. Hard of hearing ticket holders will be equipped with complimentary headsets at the entrance to the hall. The new system is installed courtesy of the JDC.