JDC Increased Help to Jews Around the World in 1982

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) increased its efforts last year to aid Jewish communities overseas, according to the 1982 annual report released this month by the organization. “Aside from JDC’s programs for Jews and Jewish communities overseas, programs involving welfare, health and education, the JDC has been playing an increasingly vital role on the world scene,” JDC President Henry Taub said in a separate statement.

The 1982 report covered the activities of the JDC in its program of rescue, relief and rehabilitation.

In his introduction to the report, Ralph Goldman, executive vice president of the JDC, said that programs helping “hundreds of thousands” of people in around 30 countries “totaled $43.1 million in 1982, of which $37.8 million came from the United Jewish Appeal supported by the Jewish federations and welfare funds.” Other contributions came from the United States Refugee Program and from Jewish communities in Canada, Europe, South America and South Africa, he added.

RETURNED TO POLAND

He also noted that the JDC resumed operations in Poland last year, where a small Jewish community of elderly men and women, most of them survivors of the Holocaust, still remains. The JDC has also returned to Czechoslovakia and Hungary in recent years, he said.

Taub pledged in his statement to become even “more deeply involved in support of Jews and Jewish communities in Israel, North Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe in 1983.”

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