I’m getting ready to go this weekend to
Belarus, for the Campaign
Chairs and Directors (CCD) Mission
with the Jewish Federations of North America.
In every meaningful way – the challenges, the expectations, the horizons – what we see in
what’s happening around the Jewish world today.
Before the 1917 Soviet revolution, millions of Jews lived in
and the Pale of Settlement.
Most of them lived pretty autonomous lives, set apart from their non-Jewish neighbors.
Even secular Jews had a decent knowledge of Jewish tradition. But in the seventy years following the revolution, generations were cut off from Jewish tradition and memory.
With glasnost, the opening of society in the late 1980s, it was clear that there was no community, no organized Jewish life. JDC’s
And today, like in so many countries around the world, JDC does three things in
(1) We bring Relief to the poorest and most vulnerable Jews, with food, medical support, home care and other programs for thousands of elderly, struggling young families, youth at risk and the disabled.
(2) We work for the Renewal of Jewish life with camps, retreats, celebrations, community festivals and more.
(3) We develop tomorrow’s Jewish Leadership with programming and training.
It’s going to be an amazing mission.