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Faces of The Fellowship: Alexander and Galina

Alexander and Galina are Holocaust survivors who were both born in Vilna, Ukraine. When the Nazis invaded Ukraine in 1941, Alexander's family fled to Kazakhstan and Galina's family fled to Uzbekistan. After the war, both families returned to Vilna, where Alexander and Galina met and married.Years later, the couple made aliyah (immigrated to Israel), and they have happily been living in the northern Israeli town of Katzrin for more than 20 years now. But sadly, Alexander was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and Galina is sick with diabetes and heart disease. It’s hard for them to pay their medical bills, let alone cover any other expenses. They have a son and daughter who also live in northern Israel, but they have their own financial problems and aren’t able to help their parents. This winter, their solar panel heater – what most Israelis use to heat their homes – and their hot water heater broke in the freezing temperatures. Because they had no hot water, they weren't able to take showers, and they would sit shivering in their home. When they learned The Fellowship was going to fix both of their heaters, Alexander excitedly exclaimed, "We can't fix our solar panels and hot water heater on our own. Everyone who has come to help us should have good health."  Galina was also extremely grateful, saying, "I'm very excited that you've come to help because we can't do it on our own. There are no words to describe how emotional and beautiful this is for me.”


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