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Relief and Social Welfare

Children outside a public soup kitchen.

Rovno, Poland (now Rivne, Ukr.), c.1921-1923. Photograph: Max J. Colton.

Since its founding in 1914, JDC has been a lifeline for Jewish communities in need. Through war, pogroms, famine, economic crisis, and political instability, JDC has found ways to reach Jews in need. It has provided emergency assistance at moments of crisis and has partnered with local Jewish communities to establish and support social welfare programs and institutions. It has mobilized to assist Jewish refugees. JDC established homes for the aged around the world and has helped local communities upgrade their institutions in keeping with modern standards. Health programs have brought succor to the sick, and services for the elderly bring sweetness and security to the lives of the elderly.

Exhibit

Everything Possible:
JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Featuring historic photographs from the JDC Archives, focuses on JDC’s significant efforts on behalf of children in the displaced persons camps established by the Allied Armed Forces after World War II. JDC was permitted to enter the camps to supplement minimal provisions with critical nutritional, medical, educational, and religious services for survivors.

News and Articles
Mr. Shamsian’s Shiviti Gift

Mr. Shamsian’s Shiviti Gift

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Presents Archival Documents to President Rivlin to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary

JDC Presents Archival Documents to President Rivlin to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary

New Book on World War I and the Jews

New Book on World War I and the Jews

From Europe to the Farm

From Europe to the Farm

Omri Tubi Lectures on the Transnational Roots of the Jewish State and Malaria Eradication

Omri Tubi Lectures on the Transnational Roots of the Jewish State and Malaria Eradication

When a Letter Becomes Art

When a Letter Becomes Art

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

Mary Cox Lectures on Feeding Hungry Children after World War I

Mary Cox Lectures on Feeding Hungry Children after World War I

A Grandfather’s JDC Legacy

A Grandfather’s JDC Legacy

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

Andrew Falk Lectures on American Jewish Foreign Policy in the Era of World Wars

Andrew Falk Lectures on American Jewish Foreign Policy in the Era of World Wars

Traversing a Minefield to Escape Communist Hungary

Traversing a Minefield to Escape Communist Hungary

Gerald Steinacher Lectures on the Red Cross, Jewish Relief Agencies, and the Holocaust

Gerald Steinacher Lectures on the Red Cross, Jewish Relief Agencies, and the Holocaust

Helen Cytryn and the Joint: A Photo Identification 70 Years in the Making

Helen Cytryn and the Joint: A Photo Identification 70 Years in the Making

A Lens on Poverty

A Lens on Poverty

Delivering Food Relief with Dignity: A Unique Artifact

Delivering Food Relief with Dignity: A Unique Artifact

Emely Katz Shares Her JDC Story

Emely Katz Shares Her JDC Story

Elka Deitsch Shares her JDC Story

Elka Deitsch Shares her JDC Story

Polish Jewish Expellees from Germany (1938-1939) Receiving JDC Aid

Polish Jewish Expellees from Germany (1938-1939) Receiving JDC Aid

A Timely Seder

A Timely Seder

Miriam Steinberg Weiss Shares Her Father’s JDC Story

Miriam Steinberg Weiss Shares Her Father’s JDC Story

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

Postcard from Theresienstadt

Postcard from Theresienstadt

Refuge in Jamaica

Refuge in Jamaica

An Early Call to Action

An Early Call to Action