They say in times of crisis, there are moments that unburden those in the crisis and those who are caring for them. And somewhere between a ceasefire, a terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv, and unrelenting rockets attacks into Israel, in the home of an elderly woman in Ashkelon, that moment came for JDC staffer Rina Edelstein.
With record numbers of rockets hitting residential areas in Israel today, our teams are working non-stop to help the most vulnerable. And although we try and ensure we reach as many people as possible, it’s always important to remember that it’s not about numbers - it’s about each individual life. Meet 83-year-old Shula Carmiel from Moshav Arugot, outside of Kiryat Malakhi in south-central Israel.
Journey with Derek Miller to Quito, Ecuador, and read how he connected with the next generation of Jewish leaders at the recently concluded Encuentro—JDC’s Conference for Latin American and Caribbean Jewish Institutions and Community Leaders.
With two-thirds of Israel’s population now within range of an escalating barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza, read how JDC programs are helping people with disabilities cope with their unique challenges and fear.
As Shabbat nears in Israel, rockets launched from the Gaza Strip continue to explode in the south and center of the country, with several hitting residential areas in Ashdod and setting off bomb sirens in Tel Aviv (for the first time since the Gulf War in 1991) and in Jerusalem.
Read what the just-released report by Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies reveals about the tremendous need that persists today among large numbers of Jewish elderly in the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Gain insight into JDC’s efforts to ameliorate poverty in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and other parts of the world by learning what JDC professionals on the frontlines of these initiatives reported at the JDC Ambassadors forum held recently in New York.
Read how JDC is working in Moscow to integrate special needs Jewish children into mainstream educational environments and including them and their families in activities that keep them connected to a caring Jewish community.
With educational needs in Muslim countries a focus of attention today in many forums, read how JDC is helping Tunisian Jews provide new opportunities for girls and young women in Djerba, home to one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities.
Creative Programs “Outside the Jewish Walls” are Magnets for Non-Affiliated Jews
Read JDC senior professional Diego Ornique’s cogent account of JDC’s “JCC without Walls” initiative and the exciting events in alternative venues that are attracting increasing numbers of non-affiliated Jews.
Meet the people behind JDC’s programs as staff member Dov Ben-Shimon takes you on a home visit to one of thousands of needy children and families benefiting today from the critical assistance made possible by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews/JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union.
With all eyes on Georgia following its recent parliamentary elections, JDC staff member Zhanna Veyts puts the country’s economic upswing in perspective as she describes the hardships experienced by pensioners, single-income families living below the poverty line, and the country’s many unemployed older adults.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has only just begun, but JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program is already in high gear. Just back from the 5th Annual Race for the Cure that took place in Sarajevo last weekend, a senior JDC professional recounts the inspiration he drew from the enthusiastic participants at this national event.
Learn how a snake show and a water buffalo ride are helping Salome Abraham to expand JDC’s outreach to young Jewish adults in India—an age group vital to the future of this small but active Jewish community.
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