Jewish Disaster Response Corps

Elie Lowenfeld HeadshotThe JDRC is a faith-based initiative that assists all communities in domestic disaster recovery while exhibiting Jewish values and promoting broad and visible Jewish participation. The JDRC provides a Jewish partner for institutions and individuals to work with, thus filling the gap between disaster response and the Jewish community’s commitment to help others, as it would want to be helped.

Since its founding, the JDRC has mobilized hundreds of Jewish students to aid in post-disaster rebuilding efforts across the United States. It is a grantee of Repair the World, an organization that works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. Hillel International, a national campus based center for Jewish student life, selected JDRC to be a provider of alternative break trips. While thirty-two national Hillels applied for trips in 2011, the JDRC plans to run ten of these trips. After partnering with the Bronfman Center at NYU for over a year, the JDRC is now housed at Bikkurim, an incubator for new Jewish ideas.