JDC gives aid to Moscow after heatwave

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
August 15, 2010 02:02

The American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee has deployed dozens of employees and volunteers throughout Moscow to help to residents of the Russian capital experiencing an unprecedented heatwave and massive brush fires.

The Jewish organization said over the weekend that more than 40 young Jewish students were doing check-in calls, in-home visits, revitalizing meal deliveries and purchasing fans to help those most tormented by the scorching weather.

“With thousands of Jewish seniors and children languishing in the unprecedented Russian heat and smoke pollution, we leapt into action,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager. “By activating our strong network of community centers and social workers with supplemental help from young people who gave up their traditional Russian summer vacations to volunteer, we have helped many people escape the oppressive and exhausting conditions brought on by this environmental crisis.”


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