Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world honors and remembers the millions who were killed during the Holocaust. Earlier today in Israel, The Fellowship's Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was interviewed on a popular TV talk show about the workThe Fellowship does to help the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Israel:
"There are about 155,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. About one out of three lives below the poverty line. We don't have a lot of time. We might have a maximum of 10 years to help them, to take care of them and to love them.
"There are lots of things that can be done. ... It's so sad that Holocaust survivors need our help with heating and food.
"We have a lot of projects. By the end of 2015 we're going to provide emergency distress buttons to 10,000 needy Holocaust survivors who live in poverty. They'll have a button on their wrist and on the wall in their home. If they have a problem they'll be able to call for a free medical consultation; they'll be able to order an ambulance for free instead of for $175.
"A year ago I came to someone's house in Hadera to bring her a heating check. She cried and said, 'I'm so worried that I won't survive the winter.' She has asthma and she lives on the 6th floor of a big old building. It's so cold there and she said, 'I don't have money to call an ambulance. If they don't admit me to the hospital I'll have to pay $175. That's half of my monthly benefits.' ... It's a big problem."
Thank you to all our compassionate donors who make these kind of projects possible and who help us to bless this important segment of Israeli society.