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Today in Jewish History - October 24 / Tishrei 30

1914 October 24, AMERICAN JEWISH RELIEF COMMITTEE (USA)

Jacob H. Schiff
Courtesy of Hebrew Union College
Was established by Jacob H. Schiff, Louis Marshall, and Felix Warburg. It soon combined (November 27) with the Central Relief Committee founded by Orthodox leaders and the People's Relief Committee representing labor into one organization - the American Joint Distribution Committee. It campaigned and distributed funds wherever Jews were in need, especially in Eastern Europe. It is popularly known as the "Joint" or "JDC." During the First World War they spent almost $15,000,000 on relief efforts.


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