Over 100 Years of Service to the Jewish People

“I Live. Send Help.”

JDC was founded during World War I, when prominent U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Henry Morgenthau Sr. wired New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff to ask for money to help Jews suffering in Ottoman Palestine. We were the first Jewish organization in the United States to give large-scale funding for international relief.

World War I left in its wake the seeds of many additional catastrophes—pogroms, health epidemics, famine, revolution, and economic ruin—and JDC played a major role in sustaining Jews in Palestine and rebuilding the devastated communities of Eastern Europe.

“WILL YOU UNDERTAKE MATTER?”

From that first 1914 telegram to high-tech innovations today, check out our interactive decade-by-decade history chronicling more than a century of serving the needs of Jewish communities worldwide.

In Desperate Times,


Transformative Impact

JDC’s relief activities, emigration aid, and rescue operations were critical following the Nazi rise to power and the outbreak of World War II.

After the war, a crisis of staggering proportions for world Jewry, JDC mobilized to support and resettle survivors, help reconstruct the remnant communities of Europe, create a network of social welfare services in the fledgling State of Israel, set up an extensive assistance program for Jews in North Africa and the Muslim world, and provide discreet relief behind the Iron Curtain.

World War II and Beyond

Discover hundreds of archival photographs of our work in Europe following World War II, from Belgium and Germany to Ecuador and Cuba.

Our Global Work Today

With the fall of Communism, JDC established cultural and educational programs to foster a sense of Jewish identity in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and developed an innovative welfare and relief system for needy elderly and Holocaust survivors.

Active today in some 70 countries, we work to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing high-impact disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.

Wherever in the World, We Answer the Call

Discover JDC videos highlighting Jewish life in Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Poland, and more, and learn how we’re helping to fuel a powerful revival of Jewish life in nations held back by Communist-era religious repression.

Over 100 Years of Service to the Jewish People

Our Commitment

We help the world's neediest Jews. We empower all Israelis to be part of their country's success. We build Jewish life and leaders. And we use Jewish values to guide our response to global emergencies, like natural disasters and public health crises.

Wherever a Jew is in need, we are there, working in 70 countries, impacting lives from Moldova to Mumbai.

JDC and Your Family History

Search over 500,000 names from historic documents in the digital JDC Archives. What will you find?

Contact Us

General Inquiries

212-687-6200
Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00pm, Eastern Time
info@jdc.org

Get In Touch

Programs Worldwide

Africa/Asia
africaasia@jdc.org

Latin/America
americas@jdc.org

Europe
europe@jdc.org

Former Soviet Union
fsu@jdc.org

Israel
israel@jdc.org

Archives
archives@jdc.org

Disaster Relief & International Development
idp@jdc.org

Media Contact
press@jdc.org

Employment Opportunities
humanresources@jdc.org

Technical or Website Questions
webmaster@jdc.org

How You Can Help

Donate
donate@jdc.org

Planned Giving
plannedgiving@jdc.org

Volunteer
globalservice@jdc.org

Other Information

Annual Reports

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Financial & Legal Documents

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Officers & Board Members

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Our CEO

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JDC's Supporters

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Operating Principles

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Privacy Policy

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