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.
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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.
Alla, 69, can barely move. Her hands shake from Parkinson’s disease and her feet and legs are covered with painful, itchy blisters due to Duhring Disease, a rare, chronic skin disorder. Despite the fact that she is in constant pain and has not left her house in over six years, Alla remains upbeat and positive thanks to The Fellowship.
Zurab and Tamar are so proud of their 1-year-old daughter, Nitsa, who learns more and more Hebrew each day at her new pre-nursery play group in Israel. The family recently made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) on a Fellowship Freedom Flight, and they haven’t looked back since.
Ana is a 92-year-old woman from Belarus living alone in Israel. She participates in The Fellowship’s With Dignity and Fellowship project, which provides impoverished elderly assistance with food, medicine, and companionship. Ana also receives monthly deliveries from The Fellowship’s virtual supermarket, which offers elderly who are strong enough to cook but too weak to go shopping an opportunity to order food for free.
No matter how much 14-year-old Darya tries to bundle herself up, she is always cold. She suffers from hypothyroidism, which can be easily managed with a balanced diet and medication. But her family cannot afford the medication, and when left untreated, the disorder is difficult to live with. Learn how The Fellowship responded to her needs.