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The Gift of Warmth

Yael delivers a blanket and winter heating check to Shlomo and Simona IFCJ

Shlomo, 77, and Simona, 71, come from Riga, Latvia. Shlomo remembers living out the Holocaust in the Jewish ghetto and always being hungry as a small child. After the war, he spent much of his childhood dreaming of moving to the Jewish state, where he hoped life would be better.

About 20 years ago, Shlomo finally fulfilled this dream when he and Simona made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) together. However, while they are so happy to be in the Holy Land, the elderly couple today suffer from many health problems. Shlomo has Alzheimer’s disease and cannot care for himself, and Simona is blind in one eye and is sick with diabetes. Simona refuses to place her husband in a medical facility, and so she struggles to care for them both. 

With all the different medications they need, it’s hard for Shlomo and Simona to afford heat. Thankfully, this winter, The Fellowship provided them with warmth in the form of blankets and a check for heating as part of our Operation Winter Warmth initiative. They are so thankful for the loving support they receive from Christians and Jews as they live out their final years in the Holy Land. 

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