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February 6, 2012 12:53 pm

Jewish ‘European Freeze’ Victims to Receive Aid From JDC

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The JDC has jumped in to assist Jews in Europe brace against the severe cold spell that has crippled the region. Credit: EPA/ENNIO LEANZA.

The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has jumped into action, helping Jews in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union brace themselves for a wave of severe winter weather, according to a press release.

The JDC activated its emergency winter action plan to provide extra heating supplies and food, in addition to the heating fuel, blankets, and warm clothes it typically provides, to the Jewish elderly and needy children in the region.

The cold front has engulfed much of Europe, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit in Ukraine. The severe weather has resulted in over 300 deaths across Europe and even north Africa, SkyNews reported.

“We’ve been able to mobilize quickly and respond to this latest deep freeze because emergency protocols are inherent to our historic winter relief program. For these Jews, many of whom have no one else to turn to, we are there to ensure an extra lifeline and much-needed sense of community at this time,” said JDC CEO Steven Schwager.

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