Touching Lives, Transforming Communities – Also in the Next 100 Years
The JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) is the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. JDC is a non-political, non-profit organization that was established in order to help Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world, especially in times of emergency or crisis. The organization works to strengthen local Jewish communities throughout the world, as well as to preserve and develop Jewish life in these communities.
JDC was founded in 1914 in order to help Jews in the Land of Israel and in Eastern Europe at the time of the First World War. It continued to assist the inhabitants of the Land of Israel under the rule of the British Mandate and, with the establishment of the State, to assist the inhabitants of the State of Israel.
Development of Innovative Social Services together with the Government of Israel
Israeli society is beset by many challenges, including growing and deepening social gaps, the security situation, and others. JDC Israel reflects the obligation felt by Jews of the United States and the Diaspora to take part in the efforts of the people of Israel to build a strong society.
JDC Israel has built the infrastructure of dozens of programs, social services, and initiatives that have changed the face of Israeli society: Children and youth at risk and their families have grown up in a more pleasant reality, the elderly as well as Holocaust survivors have been able to grow old respectfully in their natural environment, people with handicaps have succeeded in overcoming major hurdles, and of course new immigrants have been enabled to find their way in a new reality. Many who are unemployed, especially in the Haredi and Arab sectors, benefit from training programs that enable them to integrate into the work force and into society, teenagers without a family support system find their way to higher education, counseling and professional guidance, and more.
Creating Cooperation to Achieve Broad Social Change
JDC Israel is a non-political organization that works in cooperation with the government of Israel, local authorities, the third sector, and the business sector, as well as with donors from Israel and abroad. The organization identifies needs among groups to which it is committed, and together with its partners develops social programs that offer them appropriate responses. The programs and activities of the organization affect hundreds of thousands of Israelis and express the unceasing efforts of Joint-Israel to assure that its programs will have influence on the national level.
JDC Israel has various branches that assist weak populations in Israel:
Eshel to strengthen the status of the elderly in society.
Ashalim on behalf of children, teenagers and young people in situations at-risk and their families.
Tevet to break the cycle of poverty through employment.
JDC Israel-Young Adults and Immigrants to integrate young people and new immigrants into society.
Israel Unlimited to assist people with handicaps.
The Institute for Leadership and Governance to promote and facilitate effective interfaces between and within the different sectors engaged in the provision of public services.
JDC Israel in Numbers
JDC Israel affects 100,000 children, youths and teenagers at-risk, 280,000 elderly, 60,000 unemployed, 40,000 new immigrants, 150,000 teenagers, 80,000 people with handicaps, by means of 8 centers for employment of Haredim ǀ 22 job training centers in Arab society ǀ 3 employment centers for the Ethiopian community ǀ 30 “Better Together” residences for families-at-risk (residences in which multi-system change takes place, with an emphasis on children and youth-at-risk) ǀ 106 initiative groups and job training for youth-at-risk ǀ 20 early childhood centers ǀ 14 PACT communities in which activities for parents and children of the Ethiopian community are held ǀ 40 youth centers ǀ 6 centers for independent living of people with handicaps ǀ 24 support residences for people with handicaps ǀ 180 day centers for the elderly infirm ǀ 250 protected living residences for the elderly ǀ 130 non-profit organizations for the elderly ǀ 45 youth volunteer cities ǀ and more…