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Faces of The Fellowship: Vladimir and Ida

Vladimir and Ida are Holocaust survivors who spent most of their lives in eastern Ukraine. They were proud of their Jewish heritage, but it often made their lives difficult. They faced anti-Semitic hatred on a regular basis, and it wasn’t uncommon for them to hear the phrase “dirty Jews” called out at them as they walked through the streets.  When Vladimir was drafted into the Ukrainian army, he was one of only two Jews in his platoon, and he was often picked on. After he completed his service, no university would accept him because he was Jewish.  The couple made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 1994, and they were so thankful to finally be home in the Holy Land, where they were able to live freely and openly as Jews. However, they struggle to make ends meet, as they are elderly and cannot work, and must survive on a meager government pension.  When their water heater broke earlier this winter, they didn’t have the funds to fix it. They thought they were going to have to go the entire winter without a warm shower – until The Fellowship stepped in and provided the money to fix it. “All my life I suffered from anti-Semitism. It's so good to see that there are Christians who love us because we're Jews,” Vladimir said. “Thank you.”

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