• n. A Jewish relief organization that supports Jews living in Israel and around the world.

Example Sentences

  • "The initial purpose of the Joint was to raise and distribute funds to help support the Jewish populations of eastern Europe and the near east during World War I." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • shortening of 'American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC


  • "Created in 1914 by the merger of several war relief organizations, the Joint’s original purpose was to raise funds for war victims and refugees.Today, the Joint sponsors programs of relief, rescue, and reconstruction in the State of Israel and around the world. Many of its efforts focus on restoring educational and cultural institutions and helping the remaining elderly Jews in the vanished communities of Eastern Europe." (JPS)

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