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Around the world, JDC’s work is changing people’s lives. And on any day of the week, Entwine participants are integral in making this difference. This is a space to learn about overseas needs from the young adults who are seeing it first-hand. Thanks for visiting and joining our global conversation.

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No Half Measures: Reflections on Inside Rwanda

The Rwanda of 2014 is not a country that does anything in half measures. The scenery is strikingly beautiful, the animals amazing, the people genuinely kind-hearted and welcoming and, sadly, the poverty and vulnerability that effects large parts of the population, all too clear to see. Even in the commemoration...

A Jewish Revival for All Ages

When I hear about the “Jewish revival” in Russia, it’s easy to imagine new families exploring their identities or young individuals more malleable to change. I just assumed current eighty or ninety year olds who chose to stay in Russia would not be interested in making Jewish communal groups a...

A Little Bit of Paradise

This week I visited a little bit of paradise. Located in the land of one thousand hills, overlooking Rwanda's Lake Mugesera, Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village stands in stark contrast to the country's brutal history. Founded in 2008 by philanthropist Anne Heyman , ASYV serves as a life force for Rwanda's most...

RAFI School Opening in Daanbantayan, Philippines

"You are not just building school classrooms, you are building the future of our school children in our town.” - Mr. Gilbert Arrabis, Vice Mayor of Daanbantayan With support from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), the Maya and Bagay Elementary Schools held a...

Reflections on Jewish St. Petersburg

Those who know me are familiar with my fascination with Russia and the Former Soviet Union. I had studied and written about the society, honed my language skills and, until recently, all but traveled to Russia to experience the culture first-hand. Thanks to JDC and the Eizenstat family, I visited...

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