Jerusalem Post
Employing the unemployable

Prior to getting a job at Office Depot through the JDC’s Strive program, Ze’ev had been earning a living, but his line of work – dealing drugs – could have landed him in jail. Today, Ze’ev is earning high marks from his boss, thriving in his new job and hoping for a promotion in the near futu… “The goal of the program is to not only move more people into the labor force, but to keep them there as well, and prevent them from falling back into the circle of distress,” said Yossi Tamir, director of Tevet. “However, the JDC’s work is not limited to employing the previously unemployable, but we are also responsible for delivering social services to Israel’s most underprivileged and vulnerable citizens…”

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Jerusalem Post
Joint effort

…”I was from Holland, and I was in Bergen-Belsen. I came back without my father, but with my mother and sisters,” recalls Nordheim, now 73, who manages the computer systems for JDC-Israel. “…The JDC provided crucial assistance to his family after their initial request to the British was denied, and Nordheim, then aged 13, arrived in Palestine with his family in 1947. After a career in teaching, at 40 years old he decided to start a new career with computers and went to work for the Joint in the 1970s. The prestigious Israel Prize is awarded each year on Yom Ha’atzmaut to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to Israeli society and culture. This year JDC-Israel is set to receive the award, in recognition of the charitable organization’s ongoing and deep influence on Israeli life. Like Nordheim, many of the organization’s employees have a personal connection…

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Jerusalem Post
Time Bank helps JDC win Israel Prize

…”Started four years ago as a joint project of JDC and the Association of Community Centers, Time Bank has since expanded to 30 locations across the country and claims more than 3,000 “bankers.” The program will eventually be fully taken over by the Association of Community Centers; it is a good example of the kind of social projects that caused the JDC to be chosen as a recipient of this year’s Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel.

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Jerusalem Post
How the ‘Joint’ does it

…”The JDC has helped Jews in the land of Israel under the Ottoman government, the British government, and every previous Israeli government. We will be here as long as there are vulnerable citizens in need of assistance…” As Israel celebrates its 59th birthday, it is still fighting a war on two critical fronts. The second front is the social: bridging gaps in society, creating better options and opportunities for vulnerable populations, and striving for excellence in education and culture. It is this essential second front where the JDC stands unconditionally and indefatigably with the people of Israel.”

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Jewish Journal
The righteous doctor of Ethiopia — healing suffering in the world heads this Orthodox physician’s to-do list

…The life-defining change of direction came between 1985 and 1988, when he was a Fulbright lecturer in medicine at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Two years later in 1990, Hodes returned to Ethiopia as director of the JDC medical programs in that country, managing two medical clinics — in Addis Ababa and Gondar City — which care for 15,000 Falash Mura (Ethiopian Jews), many of whom are hoping to make aliyah.

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Ha'aretz
Someone to run with

Israel’s cross-country champion Antanesh Vilau began running long distances only one year ago,she says. “There is nothing to do in Kiryat Malakhi.”-the 13-year-old Vilau joined a team of 34 young Ethiopian immigrants who were participating in a local project organized by the foundation Elem: Youth in Distress in Israel.In order to be able to conduct the youth activities on a regular basis, Elka turned to the Elem project, called “Lighthouse,” after the building that houses all the organization’s youth services. The project is also being supported by the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Kiryat Malakhi municipality, JDC, Ashalim (another Israeli NGO for abused and neglected youth), and other foundations. It offers welfare, educational and financial services to youth.

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Jewish Journal
American ideas boost bid to get Israelis to work

…”Participants are counseled in everything from how to pay off personal debts and find creative childcare solutions, to discovering and pursuing an ambitious career path that suits their interests and abilities. STRIVE is one of at least two programs operating in Israel that are patterned after American-originated efforts to boost employment among the economically struggling and longtime unemployed; it is funded by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Israeli government”.

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Jewish Journal
American ideas boost bid to get Israelis to work

…”Participants are counseled in everything from how to pay off personal debts and find creative childcare solutions, to discovering and pursuing an ambitious career path that suits their interests and abilities. STRIVE is one of at least two programs operating in Israel that are patterned after American-originated efforts to boost employment among the economically struggling and longtime unemployed; it is funded by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Israeli government”.

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Jewish Journal
Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

…”Proportionally I think it’s the biggest event in the Jewish world,” said Andres Spokoiny, who handles the region for the JDC, which co-sponsors the yearly event and other community-building efforts. “It shows the thirst and desire to reconnect with Judaism, and that this reconnection takes place in an open, pluralistic environment with all the richness and diversity of Judaism present,” Spokoiny said. “And when they look around that ballroom and see 1,000 people, they feel they’re taking revenge on history…”

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JTA
Judaism scholars gather in FSU

More than 200 scholars attended a Jewish studies conference in Moscow. The three-day conference of Sefer: The Moscow Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, a major gathering for the growing Jewish-studies community in the FSU, featured scholars from the former Soviet Union, Europe, Israel and the United States. The 14th annual event was organized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the JDC, the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the Research Center for History and Culture of East European Jewry in Vilnius.

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