The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, impacting the lives of millions in more than 70 countries worldwide. Founded in 1914, JDC alleviates hunger and hardship, rescues Jews in danger, creates lasting connections to Jewish life, and provides immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.
JDC’s work focuses on:
Saving the poorest Jews by providing food, medication, home care and winter relief for impoverished elderly Jews; and delivering critical nutritional assistance, health care, financial support, and child-development services to the neediest children and their families.
Revitalizing Jewish life by developing the community infrastructure, leadership, and educational resources necessary to ensure a Jewish future.
Developing tomorrow’s Jewish leaders by training volunteers and professionals to lay the foundations for communal Jewish life and nurturing emerging visionaries to create Jewish learning initiatives and experiences for children and youth.
JDC is particularly active in the former Soviet Union, where millions of the world’s poorest Jews live. From central Europe to central Asia, JDC is a lifeline for the world’s most vulnerable. They have also been a critical support partner for Jews in Ukraine during the ongoing 2014 political and economic crises.