Federation Impact

Building a Network of Support for Israeli Families With Special Needs

Every parent knows how tough it is to balance work and family. But for Bader, an Israeli Arab construction worker and father of eight, the struggles of daily life are multiplied by his eldest son’s many special needs. Problems with hearing and vision as well as cognitive difficulties make …

The Makings of an Ambassador

Growing up, Masha Shumatskaya was eager to become a leader in the Jewish community in her hometown of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. A proud alumna of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)’s Metsuda leadership program for young Jews, she also graduated from her town’s Jewis…

The Miracle of Chanukah in Odessa

The menorahs in the Hesed social welfare centers in Odessa, Ukraine are alight with an added glow this Chanukah.

 

The joyful lights match those in Ira Sborovskaya’s eyes. She can’t help but marvel at the progress her country has made in the 25 years since Soviet oppression ended.

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A Journey to Justice in Ukraine

In late 2014, Nikita Didenko was living a dream. In his small hometown of Alchevsk, in eastern Ukraine, he was a counselor at the local Jewish youth club and a proud graduate of Metsuda, a program of Federation partner agency the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) that develo…

Sparking a Future for an Orphan in Uzbekistan

Angelina had lived through more by age 8 than most people will experience during their entire lives. Growing up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she lost both of her parents, then lost her 23-year-old brother shortly afterward in a construction accident.

 

Orphaned and alone, the young girl moved…