The Fellowship Hotline provides anyone in need in Israel a place to call to get help. Fellowship operators are trained to direct callers to a Fellowship project, other non-profit organization, or government body that can help with their particular issue. When there isn’t an obvious project or group to direct callers to, the Fellowship operators get creative -- like with IDF veteran Yitzhak.
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The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein is currently in Ukraine delivering food packages and winter heating assistance to our Operation Winter Warmth recipients. One of those recipients is Frida, a widow and Holocaust survivor who still remembers the bloody atrocities she witnessed as a child.
The Fellowship Hotline was able to pair an elderly Holocaust survivor who turned to the Hotline for assistance in paying his electricity bill with a citizen who wanted to do a good deed and donate to Holocaust survivors.
Fellowship Hotline operators receive phone calls from some of the most desperately needy in Israel on a daily basis. Many of these callers have psychological, physical, and financial needs. One caller, 67-year-old Ori, called in October 2016 asking for help with home repairs and for emotional support for his desperate situation.
Next week, The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein is traveling to Ukraine to visit some of our Operation Winter Warmth recipients and to help distribute blankets, firewood, and food packages.
Shulamit is a 92 year-old beneficiary of The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship program, which provides food, medicine, and companionship to impoverished elderly in Israel. After a life of volunteering to help others, she now gratefully receives our help -- and wrote a moving thank-you letter to express her appreciation.
Ten years ago, Yevgenij, now 39, was in his prime. He had a job, a wife and newborn son. Today, it takes Yevgenij ten minutes just to get from his bed to the door of his apartment to answer the intercom. Yevgenij was injured while overseeing the construction of the Kiev subway, when a subway tunnel collapsed on him. Now his hip and spine are twisted, making walking extremely difficult.
In these last few days before Christmas, The Fellowship has been distributing supermarket vouchers and food boxes to impoverished Christian Israelis, ensuring they’ll have enough food for a festive holiday meal.
Hamas fired over 4,500 rockets and missiles on Israel during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Nearly every Israeli city was hit, but cities closer to Gaza had hundreds of rockets fired at them throughout the war, including Ashkelon, where Barzilai Medical Center is located. “Our maternity wing had no fortification,” Anat, Barzilai's head midwife, recalled. “If a rocket were to strike our ward, God forbid, there would be nowhere for us to run or to protect the mothers and newborn babies.” The grave situation at Barzilai Hospital prompted The Fellowship to take action.
In these final weeks of 2016, we reflect on all that your support has allowed us to do this year, including helping Jews in need or in peril make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) from more than 20 different countries. We could not be more grateful for your faithful support, friends!