Informative Breakfast with the JDC
Recently, a group of Jewish Community Foundation donors participated in an intimate educational breakfast with Gideon Herscher and Lela Sadikario from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). JDC supports vulnerable communities around the world, and Gideon provided updates on their work in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Venezuela.
There are 110,000 elderly Jews across the former Soviet Union, many living in deplorable conditions, JDC supports them with food, medicine, coal, and gas for warmth. At the same time, there has been a Jewish revival among the younger generations, with passionate youth creating an organization called Active Jewish Teens that emphasizes tikkun olam in their own communities and works to build Jewish connections across Europe. Though there has been a rise in nationalism throughout the region Lela reported that the Jewish community in Europe is more unified than ever before, and has stood strong together after Paris and other attacks. Additionally, and with immense sensitivity and caution in Venezuela, the JDC remain vigilant and are continuously looking for ways to support the Jewish community who are almost entirely dependent upon outside assistance for survival.
Fundholder Day Trip to Tijuana
In September 2016, the Foundation joined with the San Diego Grantmakers to host our fundholders for “Experience Your Border: A Learning Tour of Cross-Border Issues in the Tijuana-San Diego Region”.
During this full-day excursion the group learned about cross-border air and water quality issues and heard directly from the bi-national practitioners, who are working to address them. Guest speakers from U.S. and Mexican civil society organizations, their private sector partners, and the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana discussed how innovative partnerships have influenced the U.S./Mexico relationship on these issues.
The group also got to experience some of Tijuana’s diverse cuisine with a wonderful lunch prepared by the students at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and during a happy hour debrief with local craft beers and wines.
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