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Young Jews Look to Their Elders to Build a Future in Latvia

Gangs of young people are roaming the streets of Riga, Latvia determined to help right past wrongs.  They go around the city knocking on doors of elderly Jews. Having witnessed the Holocaust or Soviet oppression, the eyes that come to the peephole have already seen it all, and they look dow…

Continuing the Legacy of Yemenite Jewry

Yechiya Ya’akov Dahari’s family kept the Torah in Yemen even under the most trying of circumstances.  A metal worker who raised nine children through poverty and prejudice, he felt he was tough enough to handle the deteriorating conditions. But when kidnappings and attacks became a dail…

Bridging Space, Time and Hearts in Russia

The stage at Federation partner JDC’s social welfare center in Moscow stretches from Russia to Lithuania, from the 1800’s to today.

On it, students from the state-of-the-art ORT Moscow Technology School—run by Federation beneficiary World ORT—are transformed into amateur Jewish ac…

School as a Place of Healing in Haifa

Wherever he was, Tom wished he were somewhere different. Though only in seventh grade, his difficult family life left him emotionally withdrawn and underachieving in school.

He seemed a perfect candidate for School with a Heart—Yuval, a school program for troubled youths in Haifa funded…

How JDC Helped an Orphan Lift Herself Up

After losing her parents and older brother before turning 8, Tashkent, Uzbekistan native Angelina was sent to live with her 70-year-old disabled grandmother in her cramped apartment. Her $80/month pension stretched to its limit to provide for both of them. But with help from Federation partn…