JDC opens cen­ter for his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS -

A cen­ter for the his­tor­i­cal records of the Amer­i­can Jewish Joint Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­mit­tee was ded­i­cated in the group’s Jerusalem of­fices on Tues­day.

The Mar­shall M. Wein­berg JDC Archives is a cli­mate-con­trolled, state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity that will house the his­toric archival records of JDC’s Jerusalem and over­seas of­fices.

The archives, span­ning 1914 to present day, in­cludes more than 5 kilo­me­ters of doc­u­ments, 100,000 pho­to­graphs, a re­search li­brary of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 au­dio record­ings in­clud­ing oral his­to­ries and a col­lec­tion of 2,500 videos. Since its found­ing dur­ing World War I, the JDC has pro­vided hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief in 70 coun­tries.

The funds for the cen­ter were do­nated by in­vestor and phi­lan­thropist Mar­shall Wein­berg, an hon­orary JDC board mem­ber. Wein­berg also is a board mem­ber of JTA’s par­ent com­pany, 70 Faces Me­dia.

“It’s crit­i­cally im­por­tant to­day that we, as Jews, un­der­stand how our past in­flu­ences our present and fu­ture. When two of the lead­ing ar­chiv­ists in Amer­ica have stated that the JDC Archives is one of the most im­por­tant col­lec­tions of modern Jewish his­tory and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance in the world, I know that in­vest­ing in its safe-keep­ing ben­e­fits the Jewish peo­ple and all hu­mankind,” Wein­berg said in a state­ment.

Also on Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin wel­comed more than 100 JDC board mem­bers and guests from around the world to his res­i­dence to cel­e­brate the state’s up­com­ing 70th an­niver­sary and JDC’s cen­tury-plus work in Is­rael.

Rivlin was shown a doc­u­ment from the JDC archives, a re­cently un­earthed 1920 let­ter from his fa­ther’s cousin Rabbi Moshe Rivlin re­quest­ing JDC as­sis­tance for matza and food for needy Jerusalem Jews at Passover. (JTA)

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