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JDC's messages of social and global responsibility, caring for the poor and sick, and helping the elderly, emanate from Jewish values. Our archival records speak to the enduring and evolving relationships among Jews and document broad-based humanitarian efforts around the world.

The JDC Archives recognizes that the complicated task of teaching responsibility for others is often best realized through stories that leap out of the pages of history. Educators are invited to seek out primary sources from within our Archives: eye-witness accounts of dramatic rescues, references to unsung heroes who sacrificed their lives in service to the Jewish people, touching thank you letters from people assisted by JDC, and the like.

The Archives documents modern Jewish history and can be creatively utilized in program development for youth groups, bar/bat mitzvah projects, leadership training activities, and for university studies. The Archives is a testament to JDC's concern for every Jew in need and its humanitarian activities, which are provided within the context of local realities and socio-political constraints.

JDC has been a part of every milestone of contemporary Jewish history and continues to operate at the center of global Jewish concerns regarding rescue, relief, and renewal of Jewish life.

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Topic Guides

Educators are invited to utilize fascinating primary source documents, photos and films on selected historical events for a variety of educational settings.

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Just Like Henry

Youth leaders, educators and synagogues are encouraged to use this social action handbook for projects for bar mitzvah, youth programs, and families.