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The Hesed Welfare Model--A Community Response to Crisis

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Publication Date: March 2003

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Avgar Amos; Roni Kaufman; Leonid Kolton; Sofia Abramova

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
International relations (International relief and humanitarian assistance)

Keywords: Crisis Management; Global Responsibility; Jewish Organizations; Community Building


After the fall of communism there was a socio-economic-political breakdown affecting all areas of life in the fomer Soviet Union. The Joint Distirbution Committee (JDC) worked to provide immediate relief in a way that would foster the rebuilding of a Jewish communal infrastructure. The Hesed centers fulfill those aims and are based on the principles of voluntarism, Yiddishkeit, and a community orientation.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.79 no.2-3, Winter-Spring 2002-2003.


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