When Daniel was diagnosed at birth with severe cerebral palsy, the doctor recommended that his parents leave him behind. His father did just that, abandoning his wife and son. But Danya, Daniel’s mother, loved her son and vowed that she would do whatever she could to give him a good life. Learn how The Fellowship is helping her do just that.
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Anastasia, 31, planned to spend her whole life in Donetsk, Ukraine, a place she knew was home. “It was what we knew and things were going very well,” she says. “Then the war came.” The ongoing conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian armed forces caused unrest and violence in her neighborhood. She could hear shelling in the distance as she took her 10-month-old son, Mykyta, and 2-year-old daughter, Sofia, to school and nursery. She and her husband, Leonid, 37, worried about the future of their country. Learn how The Fellowship helped . . .
Bentzi owes his life to The Fellowship. When he was a child, a Fellowship-supported orphanage rescued him off the streets. Today, he serves in the Givati unit of the IDF!
Tatiana, 92, is a retired math teacher who speaks eight languages. After she retired, she was able to eke out a modest living on her teacher’s pension and by tutoring children in her village in Ukraine in exchange for food. The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein visited Tatiana during her recent trip to Ukraine, and found her to be frail and in poor health.
Zelig has reached the impressive age of 101 years and is still mentally sharp. He lives alone in a small apartment and spends most of his days at home because he’s lost his agility and strength. Unfortunately, his small social security income isn’t enough to afford all the basic necessities. Learn how The Fellowship is helping.
Frieda, an elderly Jewish woman Yael met on her recent trip to Ukraine, is still scarred by what she experienced during the Holocaust. Frieda is 94 years old, and her memory is jumbled because of her health and age. Yet, as she told her scattered stories of the Nazis, they all ended with her memory of “the blood, the blood."
Sergey was in first grade when he arrived at Fellowship-supported Tikva Children’s Home, which cares for homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions of the former Soviet Union.
Tatiana, 70, still remembers observing Jewish tradition as a child, even during the harsh years of Soviet rule. She continues to inspire her family – her daughter, Lyuba, and grandchildren, Anton, 19, and Augusta, 12 – to hold onto their faith. She is the reason they frequently participate in Kiev’s Jewish community. The Fellowship has been a major part of the family’s life for many years now.
Chava, a 77-year-old widow, lives alone in Israel. She participates in The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship project, which provides impoverished elderly assistance with food, medicine, and companionship.
When the hostilities in Donetsk, Ukraine, started, Igor’s wife, Anna, was pregnant. The couple lived close to the Donetsk airport, which has been the site of a lot of violence during the conflict in the region. Early on in the fighting, Igor and Anna decided that they could not stay in the city. After temporarily moving to several different cities and sustaining damage to their home in Donetsk, they finally decided to move to their spiritual homeland, Israel, on a Fellowship Freedom Flight.