November 16, 2009

Celebrating 95 Years

This year marks the 95th anniversary of JDC, the largest international Jewish humanitarian assistance organization in the world. Established in 1914 by an ad hoc coalition of North American Jewish groups to channel funds to starving Jews in Palestine and Europe during World War I, JDC has played a critical, often life-saving role in most important events in 20th century and 21st century Jewish history. Today, JDC is a constant in the lives of the world’s poorest Jews, providing life-sustaining aid while helping new and older generations connect with their Jewish heritage. And with decades of relief and development experience behind the organization, JDC effectively provides non-sectarian assistance to non-Jews worldwide who are victims of natural and man-made disasters.

JDC is proud to celebrate 95 years as a trusted partner that propels vulnerable Jewish and non-Jewish communities from dependent to self-sustaining.

As part of the celebration,  JDC invited children from around the world to help us celebrate this anniversary through artistic expression. 

To see the full slide show of their work, please visit this LINK.  You can read the official press release HERE and view JDC's historical timeline HERE.   

At the October meetings of JDC's Board of Directors, Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu sent the following message in congratulations of 95 years:

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