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We knew Israel was the only place where Jews can be free

Born in Ukraine, Alexander was only 11 when his family was forced to flee the approaching Nazi army. "We lived in a cabin that didn't have any heating," Alexander recalls of their rustic home in the mountains. "The winters got very cold. We also didn't have much to eat."

Several years after the war, Alexander met his wife at the factory where they both worked, and the couple soon had two children. When they retired, Alexander and his wife decided to relocate to their spiritual homeland: Israel. "We left everything we had behind," says Alexander. "We just knew that Israel is the only place where Jews can be free."

Sadly, tragedy has struck in recent years. In 2001 Alexander's beloved daughter was killed in a fire. And in 2006 Alexander's wife passed away. "She was my best friend and partner for life. My life is empty without her," Alexander says.

Now 83 years old, Alexander is very sick and rarely leaves his home. And he struggles to pay for rent, utilities, food, and medicine from his meager pension. "There's just not enough money. I have to decide where to cut corners. More than anything, it's the winter cold that brought back the bad memories of the Holocaust."

Thankfully, The Fellowship's Helping Hands Campaign allows Alexander to receive food, medicine and other basic essentials "It's a gift from God," he says. "Thank you to The Fellowship's donor's. God bless you!"

When you give to our Helping Hands Campaign, you are helping destitute Holocaust survivors like Alexander. Your gift will provide necessities such as food, shelter, and medical assistance to needy Jewish people throughout the Holy Land. As it says in Proverbs 14:31, "Whoever is kind to the needy honors God." Please join in God's work with a generous gift today.

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