Global Jewish Reflections | Living Richly, Even in a Fragile Sukkah
In the midst of a year of crisis, Brazilian Rabbi and Kaplan Leadership Fellow Ari Oliszewski considers what it means to be truly rich.
One Israeli Social Worker On Helping Families Face Coronavirus
Nitza Kamil reflects on the women she serves as a social worker with JDC’s Families First program in Israel, and how their lives have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Ukraine and Back Home in England, Volunteering Deepens Jewish Identity
Andrew Williams learned about community and responsibility when he volunteered with JDC Entwine in Kharkiv in 2018-2019. When the pandemic struck, he jumped at the chance to continue volunteering, this time virtually.
Global Jewish Reflections | These High Holy Days, Considering New Beginnings
In honor of Shabbat Shuvah (the “Shabbat of Repentance” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), Camp Szarvas Program Director Mina Pasajlic asks us to look forward toward new beginnings.
Global Jewish Reflections | Finding Gratitude and Responsibility in Isolation
In honor of the High Holy Days, Rabbi Alex Braver shares a talmudic story of isolation and offers a contemporary complement — the story of Liudmila Starikovich, who has been unable to leave her home in Belarus for over a decade.
Global Jewish Reflections | Honoring My Grandparents’ Jewish Journey to Australia
For a Yom Kippur unlike any other, Taryn Silver brings the Yizkor memorial service home, sharing her grandparents’ story of surviving the Holocaust and journeying to Australia. It’s one that inspired her to explore Jewish Europe and brought her back to her hometown of Melbourne.
Global Jewish Reflections | Teshuvah, Tefillah, Corona: Marking the High Pandemic Days
In this final Elul reflection, JDC-Europe’s director of Jewish education considers three Jewish lessons we can take from the coronavirus pandemic.
In Israel, Hebrew as a Second Language Unlocks Opportunity
JDC-Israel staff member Saeed Diabat has helped build a program to empower the Arab community in Israel with Hebrew language skills. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit, the program had to quickly adapt to the new reality.
Continuing the Cycle: How One Belarusian JDC Staff Member Discovered Her Grandparents’ JDC Story
Marina Gatskan grew up wondering about her grandparents’ lives in Moldova. As a JDC staff member, she delved into the archives and made an incredible discovery.
Global Jewish Reflections | Dismantling the Borders of Our Hearts This Elul
Rabbinical student and Weitzman–JDC Fellow Anna Calamaro traveled to Romania and Russia with JDC Entwine. Along the way, she discovered the power of opening ourselves up to one another, instead of closing ourselves in.