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JDC in the 1920s

Settlers from a colony in the Krivoi Rog District.

Ukraine, 1926.

Food and clothing are distributed to hundreds of children in Uman.

Ukraine, August 1923

Following World War I, JDC expanded its relief efforts in Eastern Europe, including establishing Jewish health and welfare societies in Poland and the Soviet Union and funding public health programs in Lithuania and Romania. In Palestine, JDC began to extend subsidies to public health organizations and promoted economic and agricultural development.

In Depth

Post-World War I: Relief and Reconstruction

Exhibit

Beyond Relief: JDC in Interwar Ukraine and Crimea

By 1920, war, revolution, and famine had left the newly emerged Soviet Union in chaos. JDC brought aid to impoverished Jews in the region, especially desperate after years of bloody pogroms and ongoing exclusion from any government services.

News and Articles
Sarah Zarrow Lectures on the Joint and Women’s Vocational Education: Handicrafts Workshops for Jewish Girls, 1920s Lwów

Sarah Zarrow Lectures on the Joint and Women’s Vocational Education: Handicrafts Workshops for Jewish Girls, 1920s Lwów

2024 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

2024 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

More Than Just an ID Card

More Than Just an ID Card

Robin Buller Lectures on Sephardi Immigrants to France, 1919-1945

Robin Buller Lectures on Sephardi Immigrants to France, 1919-1945

Ethell Gershengorin Lectures on The JDC’s Activities on Behalf of Eastern European Jewish Children, 1919-1929

Ethell Gershengorin Lectures on The JDC’s Activities on Behalf of Eastern European Jewish Children, 1919-1929

A Tale of Two Photographs

A Tale of Two Photographs

Old World Discoveries

Old World Discoveries

Melissa Klapper Lectures on American Jewish Women Serving the JDC Abroad During the Interwar Years

Melissa Klapper Lectures on American Jewish Women Serving the JDC Abroad During the Interwar Years

New Book—In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

New Book—In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust

A Snapshot of Coming to America

A Snapshot of Coming to America

Prevention & Partnership: Launch of JDC’s Virtual Public Health Exhibit

Prevention & Partnership: Launch of JDC’s Virtual Public Health Exhibit

Snapshots of a Forgotten World

Snapshots of a Forgotten World

Michael Nutkiewicz Lectures on Eli Gumener’s Memoirs

Michael Nutkiewicz Lectures on Eli Gumener’s Memoirs

Illuminating History

Illuminating History

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

Natan Meir Lectures on Town Fools, Beggars, and Other Outcasts in Eastern Europe

Natan Meir Lectures on Town Fools, Beggars, and Other Outcasts in Eastern Europe

Glenn Dynner Lectures on JDC Aid to Traditionalist Jews in Interwar and Nazi-Occupied Poland

Glenn Dynner Lectures on JDC Aid to Traditionalist Jews in Interwar and Nazi-Occupied Poland

Mary Cox Lectures on Feeding Hungry Children after World War I

Mary Cox Lectures on Feeding Hungry Children after World War I

Issachar Ryback’s Agro-Joint Album

Issachar Ryback’s Agro-Joint Album

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet Union

Documenting JDC’s Work in the Soviet Union

Painting Depicts JDC Founders

Painting Depicts JDC Founders

World War I Prisoner of War Cards Available

World War I Prisoner of War Cards Available

JDC Archives Documents in Forthcoming Book on Minsk

JDC Archives Documents in Forthcoming Book on Minsk

Early Soviet Jewish Life Captured on Film

Early Soviet Jewish Life Captured on Film

Woodrow Wilson’s Appeal

Woodrow Wilson’s Appeal