Part two of this centennial celebration explores the organization’s activities helping Holocaust survivors and refugees to JDC’s most recent relief activities aiding victims of contemporary natural disasters.
By the end of 1950, JDC had helped ca. 440,000 stateless and at-risk Jews to emigrate to the new State of Israel. This number included JDC involvement in the airlift of Yemenite Jews to Israel in 1948/50.
JDC has been at the forefront in addressing social welfare needs in Israel since the state’s founding in 1948. In 1949, it partnered with the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government to create MALBEN, a comprehensive social services organization that assisted the elderly, the chronically ill, and people with disabilities.
In 1998, JDC, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Israel’s Education Ministry established PACT (Parents and Children Together) to address the needs of Ethiopian-Israeli pre-schoolers. Six years later, JDC and the Israeli government created TEVET (Fighting Poverty Through Employment), which continues to provide training and placement assistance for the long-term jobless.
JDC re-entered the Soviet Union in 1988 with the mission of reconnecting Soviet Jews to their heritage.
JDC’s Honorary Executive Vice President, was issued a visa allowing travel between Washington, Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, and Vilnius, for the period between July 1, 1991 and April 5, 1992. This was the first time since 1938 that anyone from JDC was issued a multi-entry visa that allowed travel throughout this region.
When economic calamity loomed in the post-Soviet era, JDC partnered with the Claims Conference, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and others to establish a network of Hesed social service centers across the former Soviet Union that continue to provide life-sustaining support for elderly Jews and children-at-risk.
Carrying forward its founders’ traditions, JDC’s Entwine program is empowering a new generation of global Jewish leaders. Under JDC’s auspices, young adults are working today across the globe.
JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, improving millions of lives today in more than 70 countries. Leveraging a century’s experience confronting poverty and crisis, JDC brings relief to the world's poorest Jews, rescues Jewish and non-Jewish victims of global emergencies, and helps to empower Israel's future.
This online exhibit is an abridged version of a larger exhibit entitled “I Live. Send Help.: 100 Years of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee," which was presented at the New-York Historical Society from June 13, 2014 – September 21, 2014. A full traveling exhibit is available for loan. For further information, contact email@example.com.