It was announced this morning that The Fellowship will partner with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), with whom we have worked for many years, on a new project to distribute medicine and food to impoverished elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU), thus saving countless lives in the coming years.
The Food and Medicine Lifeline, a four-year, $13 million per year commitment, was announced Monday by the IFCJ. Many of the tens of thousands of recipients of the aid are elderly and impoverished Holocaust survivors, according to the IFCJ.
The assistance will be delivered through the JDC’s local network of humanitarian services throughout the states of the former Soviet Union.
“There are countless hungry and sick elderly Jews across the FSU, including over 100,000 needy elderly and Holocaust survivors, who depend on our help,” Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, IFCJ founder and president, said in a statement.
“Too many Jews around the world, but especially in the former Soviet Union, struggle to meet their most basic needs, including securing the food and medicine they need simply to survive.”