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Media Relations Director

Phone: (212) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.org
711 Third Avenue
New York , New York 10017
United States

Company Description: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) gives global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. On behalf of the...   more

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JDC Experts | JDC, 22 Aug 2015 [cached]
To set up an interview, contact Michael Geller, JDC's Media Relations Director, at (212) 885-0838 or
"Each group decided what they want ..., 11 Sept 2013 [cached]
"Each group decided what they want to do based on their constituencies," JDC spokesman Michael Geller said.
"In places where JDC has a ..., 29 April 2015 [cached]
"In places where JDC has a presence, we take the lead," says Michael Geller, spokesperson for JDC in New York.
"In Nepal, until today we didn't have a presence on the ground," says Geller. "Within the first 24 hours of the crisis we connected with our partners - Tevel b'Tzedek - an Israeli NGO based in Nepal; UNICEF, with whom we worked in Haiti; and the IDF field hospital with whom we worked in Haiti, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Philippines. So far, we have sent neonatal incubators and other equipment to the field hospital in Nepal."
Geller emphasizes that the most important things at the beginning of the crisis food, drinkable water and medical care. When asked if he could confirm reports that lack of clean water was proving to be a major issue, he confirmed as such.
When asked why the number was so small, Geller emphasized it is a matter of allowing the most essential personnel to come in first.
Geller explains that you do not want to strain limited local resources to accommodate too many rescuers, in an odd catch-22 of a situation.
"We operate on three fronts," says Geller.
JDC's director of ..., 29 April 2015 [cached]
JDC's director of communications, Michael Geller, told that reports on the ground in Nepal present a "dire situation" that has been exacerbated by Nepal's challenging weather, difficult terrain and deep poverty.
"This is the worst earthquake of its kind in 80 years for Nepal, and it is happening in a country that has other challenges it was dealing with before the earthquake like poverty. So the combination of these factors can create a very harrowing situation on the ground," said Geller.
JDC's main goal during the emergency stage, Geller said, is to "ensure that aid is given to the people as quickly as possible. The personnel at the IDF field hospital, he said, have "proven that they are effectively able to get into disaster zones quickly and treat people."
In the longer-term, JDC's mission the "restoration of livelihood," which includes setting up schools, medical care, post-traumatic support and disaster mitigation, according to Geller.
"We work with local communities, municipalities and volunteer organizations in the countries where the disaster has happened to help them help themselves and ensure that when the next disaster happens, they can organize an effective response," he said.
Geller praised the American Jewish community for "coming together to support the people of Nepal," noting the outpouring of support and inquiries about JDC's relief operations.
"I think that is one of the outstanding features of the Jewish community, its ability to come together and respond to crises and to show its dedication to tikkun olam (repairing the world)," he said.
In addition to the annual Canadian ..., 5 Jan 2015 [cached]
In addition to the annual Canadian aid shipment, the JDC provides pharmaceuticals, which are distributed as well to the island's non-Jewish population, as well as weekly chicken dinners, said JDC spokesperson Michael Geller.
JDC also supports bar and bat mitzvahs by bringing in rabbis to officiate, he said.
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