We received this heartwarming letter today from one of The Fellowship’s partners in Ukraine, underscoring the importance of the lifesaving, bridge-building work you make possible with your generous support.
Shabbat [Sabbath] will be starting here in just a few moments, but I had to write to you while my impressions are still fresh.
I just came from a home visit to a bed-bound IFCJ client on the very outskirts of the city. Alexander's home is a tiny shack with no running water or indoor plumbing. Although he's young (59), he was badly beaten by hooligans a few years ago – just two weeks before he was meant to make aliyah [immigrate to Israel]. He has no family left in Ukraine, but he is cared for by his neighbors -- two incredible sisters.
The sisters became friends with Alexander's mother during the Second World War, and have remained friends ever since. When Alexander's mother was dying, these two selfless women made a promise to her that they would take care of Alexander, and so they have.
Ludmilla and Sasha are devout Christians caring selflessly and lovingly for their Jewish neighbor's son. They could not be more tender or devoted if he was their own flesh and blood.
Of course, I couldn't help but be struck not only by their altruism, but by the strong parallels to our relationship with The Fellowship.
I must run to light the candles, but I wanted to share the story and wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
All my best,