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JDC in the 1950s

Yemenite resident of MALBEN’s Kfar Zkenim at Ein Shemer working on a traditional embroidery project.


JDC’s first cargo of preserved kosher beef is loaded aboard the SS Ashburn.

New York harbor, June 1919

Grappling with the trauma of the aftermath of the Holocaust and the unprecedented needs in Israel, JDC was extensively involved with supporting every facet of immigration to the new state, from financing dramatic rescue operations to operating programs that facilitate immigrant integration into Israeli society. Amid these dramatic developments for world Jewry, JDC continued to assist Jewish communities in Muslim countries and to help with reconstruction in European Jewish communities.

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1950s : Jews in the Muslim World—The Ingathering to Israel and Aid for Those Left Behind

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