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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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New Book—Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

New Book—Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Reflections on Shanghai

Reflections on Shanghai

New Book—Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran

New Book—Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran

Lending a Helping Hand

Lending a Helping Hand

Ming Hui Pan Lectures on the Survival of Jews in China during World War II

Ming Hui Pan Lectures on the Survival of Jews in China during World War II

From JDC Iran to Morocco with a Healing Mission

From JDC Iran to Morocco with a Healing Mission

Tunisian Treasure

Tunisian Treasure

“A New Lens” on JDC’s Historic Films

“A New Lens” on JDC’s Historic Films

Mr. Shamsian’s Shiviti Gift

Mr. Shamsian’s Shiviti Gift

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

Gertrud Glanz’s Scrapbook from Shanghai

New Book on Wartime Refugees in Casablanca

New Book on Wartime Refugees in Casablanca

The JDC Archives Names Indexing Project: A Personal Retrospective

The JDC Archives Names Indexing Project: A Personal Retrospective

Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now Digitized

Records of JDC’s Role in “Operation Magic Carpet” Airlift Now Digitized

Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC Story

Miranda Carson Shares Her JDC Story

Memories from Aden

Memories from Aden

Insight into Moses Beckelman: Neither Pencil-Pusher Nor Pushover

Insight into Moses Beckelman: Neither Pencil-Pusher Nor Pushover

Lior Sternfeld Lectures on the Jewish Community in Iran from 1941 until the Revolution

Lior Sternfeld Lectures on the Jewish Community in Iran from 1941 until the Revolution

Elka Deitsch Shares her JDC Story

Elka Deitsch Shares her JDC Story

Traditional Ethiopian Pottery

Traditional Ethiopian Pottery

Special Video of Operation Solomon, the 1991 Airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel

Special Video of Operation Solomon, the 1991 Airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel

Joan Finkelstein Shares Her JDC Story

Joan Finkelstein Shares Her JDC Story

Long-Time JDC Staffer Donates Treasure Trove of Images to Archives

Long-Time JDC Staffer Donates Treasure Trove of Images to Archives

Miriam Steinberg Weiss Shares Her Father’s JDC Story

Miriam Steinberg Weiss Shares Her Father’s JDC Story

Historic Sound Recording from 1949 Operation Magic Carpet

Historic Sound Recording from 1949 Operation Magic Carpet

Bela Schoenfeld Shares Her JDC Story

Bela Schoenfeld Shares Her JDC Story

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