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    IsraAID Looks to Build Network of Professionals in Asia

    by  • 20/03/2014 • Communities, Education, Events, Tikkun Olam • 0 Comments

    297193135603In a new initiative, IsraAID has begun to expand the scope of its work in Asia by engaging professionals from Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul to join the organization's humanitarian work across the region. 
    IsraAID, tapping into the Jewish and non-Jewish professional networks in all four cities, is looking to build a core group of professionals that can respond in times of crisis. They have a number of other long-term and ongoing initiatives in the pipeline as well.
    In February 2014, Dr. Debra Kalmanowitz, a professional Art therapist from Hong Kong, joined the IsraAID team in South Korea to lead an intensive professional training in Seoul for social workers, NGO's and government officials who support North Korean refugees suffering from post-trauma.
    In March 2014, Ms. Yael Mardix, a professional group therapist, and Ms. Racheli Ballasiano, a psycho drama therapist, will join IsraAID's professional team in the Philippines where they will conduct a psycho-social support workshop for people affected by the typhoon. Both Mardix and Ballasiano are Hong Kong residents.
    This follows a recent IsraAID-run training session for professionals, from a number of sectors, in Hong Kong. 


    A Look at IsraAID’s Mission in Tacloban (Photos)

    by  • 14/11/2013 • News, The World, Tikkun Olam • 0 Comments


    This is just a small selection of photos from IsraAID’s mission in Tacloban. This is the area now referred to as Haiyan's Ground Zero. A few hours ago an additional team of 7 IsraAID medical professionals also landed in Cebu.

    IsraAID is part of an international relief effort working in the area hardest hit. The devestation is unbelievable and these teams of rescue workers face incredible challenges.





    Please continue to follow us for updated information on the work IsraAID is doing.

    You can help support the IsraAID relief mission in the Philippines through their campaign on Global Giving at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/aid-to-the-philippines-after-typhoon-yolanda/

    The JDC’s Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts (and how you can help)

    by  • 12/11/2013 • AJL News, News, The World, Tikkun Olam • 0 Comments

    By November 9, 2013, in the immediate aftermath of super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (called Typhoon Yolanda there), The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) had already begun collecting funds for relief efforts.

    “Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Filipino people in the wake of yesterday’s deadly storm. We immediately activated our network of global partners and will leverage our previous experience in the region to provide immediate, strategic relief to survivors in their time of need,” said Alan H. Gill, JDC’s Chief Executive Officer.

    And while many international aid organizations are responding to this crisis, working in the Philippines post-disaster isn’t new territory for the JDC. They also helped to fight post-typhoon cholera in the Philippines through an Israeli partner in 2009.

    But the JDC’s history in the Philippines extends far beyond that. The JDC ensured the emigration of more than 1,000 European Jews escaping Nazi persecution to the island nation during World War II. The story of European Jews who took refuge was the subject of “Rescue in the Philippines,” a recently released documentary and this remarkable story will also be featured in the forthcoming issue of Asian Jewish Life.

    JDC has provided immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe, including to a number of regional efforts, namely in Japan following the tsunami there in 2011 and in South Asia after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Their partnerships with local NGOs demonstrates their longstanding commitment to the region.

    jap11.03JDC-JEN DSCF2940JDC partnership with JEN in Sendai, Japan. Hot meals being served to the evacuees. (Photo credit: JEN/JDC)

    They are now looking for contributions specifically for their relief efforts in the Philippines.

    To Make a Contribution:

    Online: www.jdc.org

    By Phone: 212-687-6200

    JDC Typhoon Haiyan Relief

    P.O. Box 4124

    New York, NY 10163

    United States

    (Please make check payable to JDC Typhoon Haiyan Relief)