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Healing Terrorized Families in Jerusalem

Candy in Jerusalem usually costs just a few shekels. But when Nadav was assailed by knife-wielding terrorists as he and his little brother left a Jerusalem sweet shop, it nearly cost him his life.

Terror isn’t one individual against another; the stabs into Nadav, just 13 years old, al…

A French Jew Finds a New Home in Israel

Thibault felt like an outcast in his native Paris. He grew up in an assimilated household and felt disconnected from the Jewish community. But his last name left him a target for anti-Semitism.

The terror attack on a kosher supermarket in January 2015 was the last straw for this grandson …

A Place Where Kids can be Kids In Tumultuous Times

Uliyana Batalia, 12, lives alone with her mother in the war-torn eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. Each day is a new struggle for them to survive the constant fighting and meet their basic needs.

One bright spot is the Teen Club at Lugansk’s Jewish community center sponsored by Federat…

Reinvigorating European Jewry Through Camp

Like many young Jews from Europe, David Csillik had his first Jewish experience at Szarvas.  Run in part by Federation partner JDC, Camp Szarvas brings together 1,500 teens from more than 20 countries for summer fun while helping them explore their Jewish roots.

After six years as a Szar…

A Tale of Love and Darkness in Ukraine

When separatist forces entered Nikita’s small hometown in eastern Ukraine, he was forced to leave behind everything he knew, from JDC community programs to his beloved fiancée. Five hundred miles away in Kiev, he found a home at the city’s Moishe House, a Federation-supported communit…