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More than 30,000 boxes of matzah will be delivered by JDC volunteers to the Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union during the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, March 2021. Credit: JDC.

JDC offers annual Passover food packages, educational activities via Zoom

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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is reaching widening global audiences this Passover with hundreds of online events, holiday content and its century-old tradition of delivering matzah to Jews in need. While in-person activities...
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Artem Okun leads a Jewish educational seminar for young Jews in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: JDC.

A lesson in Hanukkah miracles from post-Soviet Jews

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We Jews are no strangers to miracles, but in the great tales of Divine deliverance, the Hanukkah story feels like the runt of the litter. Compared to the parting of the Red Sea or the...
JDC Hanukkah candle-lightings and other online programs are geared to connect Jews worldwide as the coronavirus pandemic reaches an especially dark period, December 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Hanukkah candle-lighting on Facebook, events on Zoom to connect Jews worldwide

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As a way to connect Jews of all ages during the height of the global coronavirus pandemic, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is inviting people to join on Facebook and unite with...
Staff and volunteers with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) distribute food packages to the Jewish community in Kishinev, Moldova. Credit: Courtesy.

JDC names Ariel Zwang as agency’s new CEO

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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced Ariel Zwang as its next CEO, the first woman to hold this position in the organization’s history. Zwang currently serves as CEO of Safe Horizon, one of...

On Simchat Torah: Lessons from Liudmila, a pandemic sage

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As we are about to celebrate Simchat Torah—a holiday defined by its communal gatherings, and the critical importance of physical proximity and traditions like dancing with the Torah—I find myself thinking of the Talmudic...
JDC volunteers delivered food packages to seniors prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 18, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Communities worldwide celebrate New Year amid pandemic with help of JDC

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In the face of a new, socially distant pandemic reality, thousands of Jews worldwide managed to enjoy JDC-supported holiday programming for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Nearly 9,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet...
JDC volunteers safely deliver matzah to elderly Jews in locations around the former Soviet Union, including in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, home to the country's largest Jewish community, April 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

JDC deploys digital Passover resources to connect global Jewish communities

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To connect the global Jewish community for its first Passover in the age of social distancing, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, is deploying special online and digital holiday tools to help...
Alex Weisler and Asya Shmushkevich Credit: JDC.

An Esther for our times

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“Was it useful?” That was Asya Shmushkevich’s question last spring as I played her the video on my phone. Two years earlier, I’d interviewed her to spotlight the quiet crisis of tens of thousands of...
Song sessions, dancing and art workshops are part of the three-day American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) sixth annual Active Jewish Teens (AJT) Conference in Liev from Nov. 7-10, 2019, as they were last year (pictured). Credit: JDC.

Hundreds gather in Kiev for JDC’s Active Jewish Teens sixth annual conference

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More than 400 Jewish teens from around the world are gathering for American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) sixth annual Active Jewish Teens (AJT) Conference in Kiev this weekend to celebrate their growing role...
More than 8,500 poor, elderly Jews from in the former Soviet Union will receive a special holiday package of food and traditional holiday items for Rosh Hashanah, including honey, September 2016. Credit: JDC.

Thousands to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at JDC events from India to Morocco

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Thousands of Jews from emerging, established and ancient Jewish communities around the world will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah at scores of JDC events, including concerts, workshops, volunteer opportunities, trainings and cultural performances. As part of...