The Tamkin Foundation has made a $50,000 grant to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a distinguished, long- established international relief organization to support Ukrainians impacted by Russian aggression.

The Foundation’s grant has some interesting background elements. The JDC began operation inĀ  1914, and was founded with an initial capitalization of $50,000. Jews were persecuted in Ukraine in the early 1900s and JDC was active there with relief efforts in the approximate time frameĀ  that the Tamkin Foundation’s founder, William W. Tamkin, left Kiev with his family as a child destined for the United States.

This grant honors southern California physician Debra B, Luftman, MD, volunteering at the Poland-Ukraine border in conjunction with JDC.