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  • Nepal: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    April 27, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Jews in Israel and abroad are responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 —resulting in the death of more than 4,000 Nepalese people — through action and financial campaigns.

    “The people of Nepal are in desperate need right now,” American Jewish Joint...

  • At a N.Y. museum, a window into JDC’s history

    June 16, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    Thus reads the Aug. 31, 1914 telegram from Henry Morgenthau, the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, to New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff, sent as the Jewish community in Ottoman-controlled, pre-state Palestine began to feel the effects of World War I. The letter prompted an...

  • Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with Holocaust survivors who are applying for Holocaust reparations through the representation of lawyers at the pro bono law firm.


  • Lew to JDC: U.S. will move against Iran sanctions busters

    December 12, 2013 | 11:50 am

    The United States is prepared to move against violators of its sanctions against Iran, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

    “Our enforcement of the sanctions regime will be as unflinching as ever, so any CEO, general counsel or...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

    The solicitation for...

  • Jewish groups sending aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    July 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    A coalition of Jewish groups is providing more than $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

    The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, which is made up of 14 organizations and coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, convened Thursday in New York to...

  • Report: Coerced contraception behind 50 percent decline in Ethiopian-Israeli birth rate

    December 11, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots.

    The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a...

  • JDC appoints Alan Gill as new CEO

    November 26, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee named Alan Gill, its longtime executive director of international relations and a resident of Israel, as the organization's new CEO.

    Gill will take over on Jan. 31, 2013 from interim CEO Darrell Friedman, who stepped in after the...

  • Wiesenthal officials ask Ecuador to intercede for Alan Gross

    November 12, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross.

    The meetings came on the sidelines of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Latin American gathering of Jewish...

  • Polish architects design five sukkot for display in Warsaw

    October 5, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Five sukkot designed by Polish architects are being displayed in a public square in Warsaw.

    The Poland office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which initiated and organized the Warsaw sukkot exhibition, had the temporary Jewish ceremonial dwellings placed at...

  • In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

    March 7, 2012 | 10:29 am

    As I sit here in Tokyo with the first anniversary of the tsunami fast approaching, I recall my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that well-meaning person that...

  • JDC helping Christchurch Jews to rebuild

    March 7, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is helping the Jewish community of Christchurch to rebuild following the city’s devastating earthquake.

    JDC funding will contribute to Christchurch Jewish community efforts to repair a damaged local synagogue and homes, replace...

  • JDC staffer to chair Obama’s faith-based panel

    February 8, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    President Obama named a top American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee official as chairman of his faith-based council, as well as a top Conservative rabbi to the council.

    Susan Stern, the government affairs adviser to the JDC, will chair the President’s Advisory Council on...

  • JDC to help Pakistani flood victims

    August 18, 2010 | 10:14 am

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.

    JDC is collecting funds to provide Pakistani flood victims with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities.

    Flooding began about three weeks ago and has affected over 170 million...

  • Young Iranian Jewish professionals make a splash launching JDC’s L.A. Chapter

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 14, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Nearly four years ago the life of Dina Kadisha, a young Iranian Jewish filmmaker, was completely transformed when she journeyed to Ethiopia with the New York-based American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and its volunteers on a humanitarian aid mission to help the...