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JDC Inaugurating New Hq Building

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Israel will inaugurate its new headquarters here on a hill adjacent to the Givat Ram Hebrew University campus, leaders of the JDC announced at a press conference yesterday. The new building will house several agencies which are either a part of the worldwide service agency or closely linked with it.

The latter include Eshel, the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged; the Brookdale Institute of Gerontology and Adult Human Development in Israel; mental health programs; the Israel Committee for UNICEF; and the headquarters of the Matnassim — a network of youth and sports community centers which spread throughout the country.

Some 50 members of the JDC board are currently in Israel to celebrate the inauguration of the new building. Ralph Goldman, executive vice president of the JDC, stressed in the press conference that the JDC, which now operates in 25 countries, sees as its main function to act as a catalyst to get community work started.

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