Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Ameri-
can Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

WHEREAS, The mission of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
(JDC) is to exemplify that all Jews are responsible for one another and
to improve the well-being of vulnerable people around the world; and
WHEREAS, Since its founding in New York in 1914, JDC has become the
world's leading Jewish Humanitarian Assistance Organization reaching out
to more than 1,000,000 lives a year; and
WHEREAS, Today, JDC works in over 70 countries and in Israel to alle-
viate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting
connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term
development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters; and
WHEREAS, For over a century, JDC's response to overseas war, famine,
political upheaval, and disasters has been recognized and supported by
the U.S. Government and American NGOs; and
WHEREAS, JDC was founded during World War I on the premise of aiding
starving Jews in Palestine and Europe and whose programmatic scope now
serves individuals across the globe by bringing U.S. developed social
initiatives to Israel for at-risk children and young adults; trans-
ferring its Supportive Community model in Israel for the elderly to
North America's naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) and
to South Africa; training Latin Americans, Europeans and others in
developing effective homeland-Diaspora partnerships and policies on
immigration, integration and temporary/forced migration; and disaster-
preparedness training for local NGOs and responders in India, Indonesia,
Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Israel; and
WHEREAS, JDC manages social service networks that provide food, medi-
cine, home care, shelter and heating, employment centers and job-train-
ing services throughout Europe and Russia, fosters civic engagement and
community throughout Israel, provides educational, economic and communi-
ty development support throughout the Middle East and North Africa,
provides life-saving spinal surgeries and cancer treatments throughout
East Africa, developed small business loan funds and job training
centers in Latin America, while mobilizing expert professional staff and
local, U.S., Israeli and global partners to provide immediate relief and
long-term recovery to victims of disasters around the world; and
WHEREAS, JDC has proven for a century to create programs and solutions
benefitting the neediest populations in communities across the globe,
confronting some of the most difficult challenges and thus deserves
recognition from the State of New York where its global headquarters has
been for a century; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distrib-
ution Committee; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.


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