Over 25 Tons of Matzah to be Distributed to Vulnerable Populations in the former Soviet Union; Passover Aid to Egypt's Jews
Michael Geller / JDC
Telephone: (212) 885-0838
For Immediate Release
New York, NY, April 15, 2019 – This Passover, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is promoting the diversity of global Jewish life through its JDC Entwine ReOrdered Passover Kit – a do-it-yourself package including stories, toasts, recipes and traditions from eight Jewish communities worldwide – and continuing its long tradition of matzah delivery and Passover activities in local Jewish communities globally. Among these activities are seder meals, cooking workshops, volunteer opportunities, and cultural and educational events from Mumbai to Moscow. The provision of more than 25 tons of matzah to poor, elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union is made possible through JDC’s partnerships with the Claims Conference, Jewish Federations, and the IFCJ Lifeline, JDC’s operational partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ).
“On Passover, Jews are supposed to recount the exodus story as if we personally experienced it, identifying with the suffering and savoring the freedom. There is no better way to celebrate these connections across time and space than by sharing in this collective memory, fulfilling our responsibility to help each other in times of need, and embracing global Jewish traditions at our seder meals,” said JDC CEO David M. Schizer.
ReOrdered was launched in 2018 by Entwine, JDC’s young adult engagement platform. The kit offers participants an inside look into the Passover traditions of Jewish communities in Ethiopia, Morocco, the Former Soviet Union, Sarajevo. New for this year is an expansion pack highlighting communities in Argentina, Greece, India, and Poland. The free kit, which last year touched more than 7,000 people at their Passover seders, is expected to be used this Passover at more than 400 seders in 18 countries around the world. The kit was created with the support of the William Davidson Foundation.
In addition to the matzah delivery in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, JDC supports multigenerational model seders throughout the post-Soviet region. Volunteers in the region will also continue home visits to homebound and vulnerable populations during the Passover holiday. Additionally, in Nikolaev a special Passover concert will take place at a local café and in Kharkov, parents and children are invited to participate in a cooking class focused on traditional Passover dishes. In Zaporozhye, participants can learn the history and traditions of the holiday at a class offered at the local Hesed.
In Egypt, JDC distributed 88 pounds of matzah, chicken soup powder and other Passover food items to help the remaining Jewish population celebrate the holiday. Communal seders will be offered in communities in Kosice, Montenegro, Bosnia, India, Hungary and Romania. In Hungary, dozens of families will attend a communal seder at the JCC Budapest on the second night of Passover. In addition to the seders, various educational programming and events for children and teens are also planned around Poland, Germany and Romania leading up to the Passover holiday – in Berlin, JDC is supporting a LGBTIQ – friendly seder event and in Warsaw, local children can participate in the third-annual “Haggadah in the field,” a Passover themed treasure hunt around the city.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters. For more information, please visit www.jdc.org.
Entwine is building a generation of young Jews who lead and live a life of action with global Jewish responsibility at its core. We offer transformative global service and travel experiences, innovative educational programs, and tailored leadership development opportunities through which young people can explore, find meaning, and take action. Entwine is an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. Learn more at www.jdcentwine.org
JDC -- the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or "The Joint" -- is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe.
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