Thanks to the support of millions of Christians worldwide, The Fellowship launched this year’s High Holy Days program in Israel and the former Soviet Union (FSU) – and it has been a huge success!
Thousands of Jewish children from across the former Soviet Union (FSU), aged 6-17, attended the Fellowship-supported FJC’s network of summer camps this year.
“I’ve already learned a few Hebrew words here and I want to continue learning in school!” says six year old Vika who just made aliyah from Ukraine with her family. She’s excited to begin a new life in Israel and grateful that The Fellowship is here to help every step of the way!
To celebrate summer and bring youth volunteers together with elderly in Israel, The Fellowship’s field coordinator in the Jordan Valley and Gilboa region organized a summer volunteer outing.
To help IDF soldiers recover after injury, The Fellowship is distributing special kits filled with basic items, such as towels, a tooth brush and tooth paste, packs of coffee and a mug, and other items that will make them more comfortable during their hospital stay.
Recently, Fellowship President Yael Eckstein and other Israeli dignitaries attended a dedication at a Fellowship-supported hospital in Afula. The Fellowship approved a grant to fortify a floor at the HaEmek Medical Center in northern Israel, as it is one of the cities that is vulnerable to rocket and missile attacks.
Fellowship-supported Tikva Children’s Home cares for hundreds of homeless, abandoned, and abused Jewish children in Ukraine and neighboring regions of the former Soviet Union. They provide loving care and a quality education that emphasizes Jewish faith. The goal is to empower the children to grow into self-sufficient individuals who give back to the community.
For many of the elderly and Holocaust survivors who visit Fellowship-supported Mana Hama Soup Kitchen, this place is much more than a soup kitchen.
Recently, The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas met Illiya, an elderly man living in Sderot, which is a community in southern Israel at risk for rocket attacks since it’s so close to Gaza. When Illiya heard alarms at night, he struggled to rush to a bomb shelter in time because of his age. He worried he’d be asleep and a rocket would hit his building while he was in his bed. Thankfully, The Fellowship was able to help.
IDF soldier Aiden is especially grateful for the support from The Fellowship and donors back in the U.S. “It just reminds you that there are people that care and they really support you. It’s great,” he says. And he adds that if one of those supporters were within arm’s reach, he’d give them a hug, because, “That says everything.”
Living under constant threat of rocket fire is hard to imagine. But this is exactly what families near Israel’s border with Gaza face every day. This is why The Fellowship is committed to providing these at-risk communities with over 50 mobile bomb shelters, making shelters much more accessible – and saving lives.
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