Global Jewish Reflections | In Cuba, Building a Resilient Jewish Community Through Hope, Faith, and Hard Work
Since 1992, Rabbi Shmuel Szteinhendler has been intimately involved with the renaissance and revival of the Cuban Jewish community. This is the story of three decades of JDC’s work on the island.
Global Jewish Reflections | Traveling with JDC, Packing Spare Socks and Family Stories
In her trips abroad with JDC Entwine, Rabbi Stephanie Crawley had discovered she carries with her “the inherited bones and stories and memories of my family and my people.”
Global Jewish Reflections | In Ukraine, Planting Seeds for a Jewish Future on Tu Bishvat
For Marina Kucherenko — the volunteer coordinator in Melitopol, Ukraine — Tu Bishvat is a chance to reflect on the progress her Jewish community has made since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Secret to a Long Life, From a 103-Year-Old Jew in Belarus
Born in 1917, Anna Budovskaya was a POW during World War II and returned to Belarus after the Holocaust to open her city’s first dental clinic. Now she depends on JDC to survive.
In Djerba, Listening To and Learning From Tunisian Jews
When Riki Aridan began working with educators in historic Djerba, she found teachers committed to innovating Tunisian Jewish girls’ education.
Global Jewish Reflections | In Siberia, Celebrating Miracles at a Group B’nei Mitzvah
When rabbinical student Joshua Jacobs traveled to Tomsk, Russia to lead JDC’s Siberian bar/bat mitzvah program, he discovered miracles “… such as has never been or will ever be again.”
Global Jewish Reflections | Moving Boulders (and Building Jewish Community) Together
This week’s Torah portion, Vaiera, reminds us of the power of the collective to tackle communal programs, Rabbi Joshua Mikutis writes.
A Love Letter to Artifacts: The Treasures Housed in JDC’s Archives
For JDC archivist Abra Cohen, objects like a DP camp tallit or a scrapbook from wartime Shanghai help tell the story of JDC’s impact since 1914.
Global Jewish Reflections | Using Torah Study to Give Back to My Ukrainian Jewish Community During the Pandemic
When the pandemic came, volunteer Valentina Limonova began recording a weekly Torah study lesson for the Jewish community of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Global Jewish Reflections | In Moldova, Building a Bridge Between Generations
When Ruth Penan traveled to Moldova on a JDC staff study trip, she got to see the organization’s lifesaving work firsthand.