Mission: Since 1914, the american jewish joint distribution committee (jdc) has acted on behalf of north america's jewish communities and others to fulfill the principle that "kol yisrael arevim zeh l'zeh" - all jews are responsible for one another.
Programs: Relief, welfare and health: relief and welfare programs provide human services to jews in need in countries around the world. Services are provided to those individuals that meet criteria relevant to the local environment, such as poverty and income levels, the existence or lack of available social services within a country, and consideration for physical mobility, disabilities, and unique circumstances.
empowerment and training: empowerment and training programs provide services and opportunities to those in need for increased access to employment opportunities and community integration for vulnerable groups within the jewish community around the world. Programs include creating opportunities that promote job upgrading and mobility for vulnerable populations, consulting for overseas jewish communities and professionals in the public sector.
social development and strengthening of jewish life: social development programs seek to enhance the viability of jewish communities around the world and to enhance responses to social needs through training and development. Programs focus on capacity-building through efforts to support the creation and maintenance of jewish communities, to strengthen communities by building communal participation, and to improve community life.
Serious & brilliant. JDC has a smart approach to supporting underserved Jews and supporting Jewish learning and heritage. They work to enhance the lives of Jews in areas that have had little support. They do not impose litmus tests but, instead, meet Jews (worldwide) where they are and respond to their needs