Jewish Mother And Daughter Killed In Ukraine Shelling

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A Jewish mother and daughter were killed in a shelling in the embattled eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk.

Russian Jews To Aid Refugees From Ukraine

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The Russian Jewish Congress has pledged $30,000 in aid for Ukrainian refugees living in Russia.

JDC, Israeli Teams Head To Phillipines

10,000 feared dead in island nation in wake of Typhoon Haiyan; relief funds established

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With the toll of destruction in the Phillipines soars, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and other organizations have begun collecting aid for the thousands whose lives were ruined by Typhoon Haiyan over the weekend.

A scene showing the extensive devastaion caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte, Philippines.  Getty Images

Report: Coerced Contraception Behind 50 Percent Dip In Ethiopian-Israeli Births

Ethiopian women say they were told their ability to immigrate depended on taking a Depo-Provera shot.


Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots.

The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a 50 percent decline in the Ethiopian birth rate in Israel over the last decade.

Ethiopian worshippers gather at a makeshift synagogue established by the Jewish Agency in Gondar on Nov. 19. Getty Images

Alan H. Gill Named CEO Of Joint Distribution Committee


Alan H. Gill has been tapped to serve as the next CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where as the group’s executive director of International Relations he has helped build a global operation to support the JDC’s
humanitarian efforts in more than 70 countries and Israel.

Analysis: No Big Buzz At The GA

It's still early days for the Global Planning Table, announced last year.


A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week.

Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations spend money outside their local communities by making decisions on collective spending more transparent and communal. Federation officials hope this will stem the decline in overseas spending and bring more clout -- and money -- to federations’ collective action.

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, left, and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky at the GA. JTA

The Boy in the Green Shirt

Here’s how it works with these service trips: They lure you in under the guise of work, telling you you’ll be helping to build a school, volunteering at a clinic, or contributing to the community in some meaningful way, and you get on that plane to incredible fanfare (mostly imagined), feeling like a hero for what you’re about to do.

The abandoned synagogue in Ambover, Ethiopia is accessible only by rocky, dirt roads.

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.

PresenTense Joins JDC In Russia

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Russia has long been known for its musicians — and for the grueling conservatories in which those musicians are trained. The notion of learning and playing an instrument for pleasure is a foreign one, but with the support of PresenTense, the Jewish social entrepreneurship incubator, Sergey Novikov is trying to change that.

Sergey Novikov, seated at left, plans to build an anti-conservatory as a member of PresenTense’s first Moscow fellowship class.

Turkey Now Accepts Quake Aid; JDC Raises Funds



Two days after rebuffing repeated Israeli offers of aid, Turkey on Tuesday accepted help and Israel quickly sent an aid convoy that included seven tents to shelter some of those whose homes were destroyed in Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

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