Jewish Federations of North America
– Our Global Connection
Strengthening Jewish communities in Israel and around the world has always been a top priority for the North American Jewish Community. It is The Jewish Federations of North America’s mandate to promote individual connection through innovative programming that reaches every sector of society.
Our Partner: JDC Programs & Initiatives
By partnering with local municipalities and organizations around the world, JDC ( American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) provides critical and innovative services such as relief and welfare, Jewish education, community and leadership development, and non-sectarian aid for the world’s most vulnerable populations in over 70 countries.
In the Former Soviet Union (FSU), JDC:
• Provides vital relief such as food, medical care, home care, and winter relief— to over 180,000* impoverished elderly Jews and critical nutritional, medical and other assistance to 28,000 children at risk and their families.
• Helps Jews reclaim their heritage and build selfsufficient Jewish life through JCCs, libraries, Hillel Centers, family retreats, Jewish education, and more.
• Offers training in practical skills of welfare and community work, leadership and management, academic expertise, and economic self-sufficiency to enhance communities’ independence.
In Israel, JDC:
• Develops strategic initiatives, in partnership with Israelis, to contend with the pressing social challenges facing the country’s most vulnerable populations: children and youth at risk, the elderly, people with disabilities, and vulnerable immigrants.
• Provides relief to those living under fire in Sderot, the Gaza border region, and the southern conflict zone in partnership with the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Israel Emergency Campaign.
• Offers research and expertise, through the Myers- JDC-Brookdale Institute, to develop efficient and effective services for the country’s most disadvantaged Israelis.
• Aims to decrease Israel’s level of poverty by equipping the chronically unemployed with skills and resources to successfully integrate populations with extremely low workforce participation: immigrants, people with disabilities, the ultra-Orthodox, young adults, and Israeli Arabs.
In Europe, JDC:
• Provides food and other basic needs for elderly Jews and reconnects them and their families to Jewish life.
• Trains and develops local leadership to help them face the community challenges of a changing Europe.
• Engages thousands of youth in Jewish education and regional networking through camp experiences, especially the flagship Lauder/JDC International Summer Camp at Szarvas, Hungary. * Client caseload numbers subject to change – www.JDC.org
In Latin America, JDC:
• Provided welfare—food, medicines, rent, and utilities subsidies—to a peak caseload of 36,000 impoverished Jews impacted by the 2001 economic crisis in Argentina and currently serves some 11,000.
• Helps restore individual self-sufficiency and reduce the welfare caseload by providing job re-training, placement assistance, and micro-enterprise loans while re-establishing community independence in Argentina. • Provides special assistance—food, milk, vitamins, vaccinations, equipment such as strollers, and day care services—to dozens of vulnerable young Jewish, Argentinian families and children living below the poverty line.
• Covers the cost of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah program in Cuba, the first organized Jewish study effort on the island in nearly five decades. Over the last six years, 38 ceremonies have taken place.
In Africa and Asia, JDC:
• Helps fortify and sustain small, isolated yet vibrant Jewish communities such as Tunisia and India.
• Supports Jewish schools and cultural institutions that are pillars of the communities in Morocco and Turkey.
Through its International Development Program (IDP), JDC:
• Responds to natural and manmade disasters that threaten people regardless of their race, religion, or nationality.
• Provides immediate relief and post-trauma assistance, such as providing livelihood retraining, home refurbishment, rebuilding schools, constructing community centers, and creating playgrounds.
• Establishes development programs such as the Women’s Health Empowerment Program, a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union and the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) for Rwandan orphans.
• Coordinates the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (JCDR) through which some 45 organizations provide a unified, Jewish response to natural and other disasters.
Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has given global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. Working today in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities and others to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize overseas Jewish communities, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens.
JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.