Global Jewish Reflections | Lekh Lekha Teaches Us to Grow Authentically
When Rabbi Zsolt Balla discovered Camp Szarvas, he found a place that would help him grow but still stay true to himself.
JCDR: Coming Together to Help Communities Recover From Disasters
Learn all about the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR), which brings together humanitarian organizations like JDC, AJWS, HIAS, IsraAid, AJC, and World Jewish Relief.
Global Jewish Reflections | Noah: The Bible’s First Influencer
The Biblical story of Noah can teach us how to adapt to moments where we feel subject to forces beyond our control, says Rabbi Ari Sigal, a Kaplan Leadership Fellow in Chile.
For One Szarvas Alumnus, T-Shirts Help Bring Camp Home
For Andras Paszternák, his large collection of camp T-shirts is a way to show his love for Szarvas, the JDC-Ronald S. Lauder Foundation international Jewish summer camp in Hungary.
In Warsaw, Building Polish Jewish Identity Through Celebration and Exploration
Growing up, Kaja never knew she was Jewish. Now she serves as the Warsaw JCC’s teen coordinator, educating the next generation of Polish Jews.
In Kaliningrad, Jewish Community Comes Together During Pandemic
When the pandemic began, the Jewish community of Kaliningrad answered the call, caring for its most vulnerable. Learn more in this post from the Russian city’s Hesed director.
Finding Community in Los Angeles and Around the Jewish World with JDC Entwine
When Sarah Herman got connected with JDC, she realized the organization was already part of her family’s post-Holocaust Jewish journey. Now, through travel, she’s found Jewish community around the world.
Global Jewish Reflections | Finding Hakafot in the COVID Era
As a JDC Entwine Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Helsinki, Jake Berger discovered the joy of the Simchat Torah hakafot celebration. This year, with communal celebration impossible, he considers the meaning of the tradition.
Global Jewish Reflections | This Shemini Atzeret, Volunteering to Remember
In honor of Shemini Atzeret, Sasha Nazar, head of the JDC-supported Lviv Volunteer Center, writes about his work cleaning Jewish cemeteries in small towns where there have been no Jews for more than 70 years, and why he finds it so meaningful.
For One Kaplan Leadership Fellow, Strengthening Her Community Starts With Its Children
As the director of the JDC-supported Jewish Family Service in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Irina Oksenenko is building her community’s future by helping children in need. Thanks to the Kaplan Leadership Initiative, she has the training to do it.