American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

‘He Was All About The Jewish People’

Remembering the JDC’s Ralph Goldman, who died this week at 100.

Culture Editor

Ralph Goldman twice retired from his role as executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, but up until the last few weeks of his life, he was still working, going to his office at JDC Israel almost every day. Mr. Goldman, the JDC’s honorary executive vice president died in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning at age 100, after a lifetime of service and passionate allegiance to the Jewish people.

Then Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, greets Ralph Goldman at a celebration of the former JDC leader's 100th birthday.

Ralph Goldman, Ex-JDC Head And A Builder Of Israel, Dies At 100


Ralph Goldman, a former leader of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and a central figure in Israel’s establishment, has died at the age of 100.

Hungarian Jews Today Face Shoah Distortion

Bigotry, Holocaust distortion confront a community balancing fear and hope.

Associate Editor

Seventy years after the decimation of Hungarian Jewry in 1944, the surviving community is balancing fear and hope in a country that has rarely rewarded the latter.

Members of the Hungarian Jewish community and their supporters protest the election of a far-right party. Getty Images

Israeli Teams At Work In Phillipines

Storm-battered nation grateful for medical and rescue work; Jewish fundraising reaches $1 million.

Assistant Managing Editor

After landing at the Phillipines' Cebu-Mactan Airport in an El Al plane, an Israeli team of some 200 medical and rescue personnel immediately set up an emergency hospital and began surveying the damage from Typhoon Haiyan from the air.

Israeli medical and rescue teams leave an El Al plane at Cebu Mactan Airport. Photo courtesy government of Israel

JDC Announces New CEO


The world’s largest Jewish relief organization, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), has announced that Alan Gill will take the reins as CEO next year.

“We couldn’t be more proud that Alan Gill, whose seasoned leadership and forward-thinking expertise has been so critical to JDC’s impact in recent years, will lead us into our second century,” said JDC President Penny Blumenstein, according to the JDC press release.

Interim CEO To Take Over As JDC Launches Search


In the wake of the announcement that American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Executive Vice President and CEO Steven Schwager will step down as CEO, the organization has named veteran Jewish community executive and leader Darrell Friedman as interim CEO, effective July 1.

Friedman spent 17 years as CEO of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and has been a strategic consultant to major national and international Jewish organizations.

Japan Disaster, Itamar Killings Put Jewish Giving On The Spot

Community opens wallets for two tragedies.


Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

Jewish organizations have joined the relief effort in Japan.

European Cold Snap Puts Needy Jews in Danger


(JTA) -- Severe weather across Europe this week shut down airports and businesses, and made it much more difficult for needy Jews to get the food and financial assistance they require.

The unprecedented snow and low temperatures in places such as the Baltics, Bulgaria and Romania has required the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to work harder than ever to get assistance to its clients in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

Special to the Jewish Week

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

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