When natural disasters or other calamities strike, we are the Jewish hands who help communities of all backgrounds and faiths rebuild. We’re on the ground when disaster hits, and we stay long after it’s over to make sure those communities get back on their feet. We also bring our expertise to slow-moving crises, like endemic poverty, food insecurity, and the plight of refugees, because repairing the world means taking action when we see people in need.

We know the importance of promoting resilience and rebuilding the community — not just the roads. That’s why we’re committed to helping people chart a new future, rebuild a sustainable local economy, and prepare to weather the next storm or crisis.

We deploy the best of Jewish humanitarian interventions and philanthropy, Israeli innovation, expertise in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and support Jewish communities from Greece to the Philippines on social action initiatives that are lifting lives every day.

We lead a Jewish response to global crises, doing our part to make the world a better place for all humanity.

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countries where JDC has responded to a natural disaster or other crisis

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Disaster Relief

From Indonesia to Nepal, from the Philippines to India, we’re on the ground when disaster strikes, working with communities to not just recover but truly rebuild — crafting innovative, sustainable solutions, and developing local capacity to ensure that the most vulnerable people in the hardest-hit towns and cities come back stronger than ever and are better prepared to mitigate future emergencies. During the pandemic, we’ve leveraged a century of rescue and relief experience to launch a comprehensive response: handwashing stations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical clinics, food delivery, and community awareness campaigns reaching millions.

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