Tuuesday July 13, 2021
Join us for a rare opportunity to learn about the multi-faceted work of JDC in North Africa from the 1980s to the 2000s through the reflections of two of its former country directors.
Dr. Seymour Epstein (Epi), a former JDC pedagogic consultant and country director in Morocco will analyze the JDC program in the Moroccan Jewish community of the 1980s through the prism of authority dialogue which arises between the values and culture of an NGO and its host country. The presentation will describe the various activities of the JDC in education, health, welfare, and care for the aged illustrating some tensions due to competing authorities.
Yechiel Bar-Chaim, JDC’s former country director in Tunisia between 1999 and 2014, will discuss the challenge of navigating American and Tunisian cultural differences while working with local partners to improve welfare and educational services. He will reflect on both the successes and failures of that effort and what he learned in the process.