Solidarity and Support in Times of Crisis

When you read about Greece in the news today the challenges seem enormous. The country's financial crisis has led to cutbacks in government services, a large increase in the unemployment rate, and overall political instability.

In the face of all these challenges, it's easy to imagine that Greece's Jews, as a small community of approx. 3,000 people, would be struggling and perhaps even be at risk of disappearing. Personally, I can't imagine what it must be like to live as a member of a minority community during such turbulent times.

Fortunately, although times are tough the Greek Jewish community remains strong and vibrant. Working together with JDC, the community is working to support individual members who are struggling and to keep their institutions afloat.

JDC is helping keep synagogues, schools, and community centers open to sustain the community today and for future generations. That's one of the things I find most inspiring about JDC's work around the world- that they always look to meet today's needs while also keeping an eye on helping communities build a better future.

I hope you'll be joining me at JDC's Inside Jewish Greece event this Tuesday to learn about the history of this unique community, and how they're facing their current challenges. I look forward to seeing you there.

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August 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM




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