Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has given global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. Working today in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities and others to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize overseas Jewish communities, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens. JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.
About JDC Short-Term Service:
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is seeking to connect young, North American Jews to the global Jewish community through Short-Term Service Programs for college students and young adults. Through meaningful volunteer projects directly connected to JDC’s global programs, participants take action to meet challenges facing Jewish communities abroad, gain insight into global Jewish needs, connect with local Jewish peers, and explore notions of global Jewish identity and collective responsibility. Participants return home feeling a real responsibility to care for their Jewish “family” overseas, and prepared to take action on behalf of the community they visited.
By the end of 2010, nearly 800 North American Jewish young adults will have experienced a JDC Short-Term Service Program and served in communities around the globe, from Israel, to Kazakhstan, to Argentina, to Rwanda.
For more information on JDC’s service programs, visit JDC.org/serve.
JDC’s Short-Term Service Programs receive generous support from Repair the World, JDC Board members, and individual donors.