Yacov lived through some of the most harrowing chapters of Jewish history. As a teenager, he lived under Nazi occupation, and his mother's entire family was brutally murdered.
By the end of the war, Yacov was fighting for the Soviets and had risen to the rank of officer. Despite his bravery, three years after the war ended, Yacov was kicked out of both the military academy where he was studying and the communist party, a victim of Joseph Stalin's anti-Semitic purges.
Although Yacov was able to clear his name after Stalin's death, he never returned to the military, working instead as an educator, struggling to raise his family on a meager salary.
Today Yacov, now an 88-year-old widower, continues to struggle. His pension of $383 a month does not cover rent and heat, let alone medicine and food. In addition, numerous health problems – including stomach issues, fading eyesight, and severe heart problems – challenge Yacov every day.
Thankfully, The Fellowship provides Yacov with a food card, assistance with household items, subsidies for medicine, and homecare. This brave widower is so grateful not to be forgotten in his final years.
Tens of thousands of elderly Holocaust survivors, like Yacov, are in deep distress as winter approaches. The plight of these precious men and women is especially heartbreaking. They have survived the absolute worst evil humans could do to others. And today too many are isolated, lonely, and feeling abandoned.
Providing food, heat, medicines, and care for them is an enormous undertaking. But with God's provision and the help of loving friends like you, The Fellowship can meet the needs of those who have suffered so much.
Because of your monthly support, we are helping as many as we possibly can while there's still time to offer them care, compassion, and comfort.