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Africa and Asia

Children in a Jewish day school.

Djerba, Tunisia, 2000s.

JDC’s reach includes many exotic countries across Africa and Asia. From its earliest years, JDC responded to emergencies such as the Great Fire in Salonika in 1917 and assisted Jewish communities in Turkey. JDC financed and organized Operation Magic Carpet from Yemen and Operation Ezra and Nechemia from Iraq. Health and education work in Iran was discontinued with the revolution in the mid-1970s. Today, JDC assists remnant Jewish communities in Egypt and Myanmar to care for the needy, helps to enhance Jewish life in India, and works with local communities in North Africa with support for social welfare programs and Jewish schools. JDC continues its non-sectarian work in Ethiopia.

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