New JDC head hopes to increase diversity of organization’s board

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January 17, 2016 22:49
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One of America’s foremost Jewish charitable organizations has big plans to expand its board to become more inclusive of young people and representatives of Jewish communities around the world, according to its newly chosen president.

Speaking with The Jerusalem Post by phone from Texas, Stanley Rabin, elevated to the head of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee last week, has said he intends to increase the pace of integration of non-Americans into his organization’s board to better reflect the needs and interests of the communities it serves.

Known colloquially as “the Joint,” the JDC helps Jews in distress around the world and is perhaps best known for its Hesed social service centers throughout the former Soviet Union. It runs Jewish summer camps in Hungary, facilitated the aliya of Ethiopian Jewry and, in recent years, has become heavily involved with assisting the thousands of Jews displaced by the Ukrainian conflict.

The son of immigrants from Belarus and Ukraine, the 77-year-old former JDC treasurer, past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and member of the American Jewish Committee board of governors, said he is deeply committed to the idea of giving Jews from around the world a seat at the table.

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