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.
In honor of Easter, Yassar Alsaad, The Fellowship’s field coordinator in Jerusalem, decided to organize a special activity in cooperation with Fellowship volunteers, bringing together Israelis of various ages and faiths to bring joy to some elderly Christians in the Holy City.
By partnering with various organizations on the ground in the former Soviet Union, The Fellowship is able to help tens of thousands of needy Jews, including children, impoverished families, the disabled, and the elderly who are desperately trying to make ends meet on little to no income.
In the former Soviet Union, tremendous discrimination and stigma still surround children with physical or mental challenges. This is why The Fellowship is so dedicated to helping the families of children with special needs. Many are desperately trying to make ends meet, as well as pay for much-needed treatment and therapies for their children.
World ORT, a group of Fellowship-funded Jewish schools throughout the former Soviet Union (FSU), estimates that 20 percent of students wouldn’t be able to attend their schools without The Fellowship funding their hot meals, bus rides, and school security systems.
In preparation for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins this Wednesday at sundown, The Fellowship organized activities for participants in our With Dignity and Fellowship program. Hundreds of Fellowship volunteers visited and brought cheer and holiday gift baskets to 100 elderly in Ashkelon, an Israeli city on the Mediterranean coast.
The Fellowship feels privileged to provide Jewish children in need with fun-filled summer camps, extra-curricular activities, medical assistance, and hot meals.
The Fellowship's On Wings of Eagles program assists needy Jews in making aliyah (immigrating to Israel). They come from all over the world — Russia, France, Ukraine, Argentina, and elsewhere — to escape anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, and to realize the dream of living in their biblical homeland.
Many of Russia's neediest Jews are elderly who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust in their youth, and now once again lack even the basic help that they deserve. Thankfully, The Fellowship is here to help! Just ask Vladimir.
Recently, Yael Eckstein visited the Fellowship-supported Mana Hama Soup Kitchen, which caters to the needs of the most desperate citizens of Israel – Holocaust survivors, lonely elderly, large families, new immigrants, and the homeless. The soup kitchen serves hundreds of warm meals daily to Israelis who would otherwise go hungry.
Since 2014, The Fellowship has been funding scholarships for higher education for hundreds of young minorities in Israel who have finished IDF or community service.
The Fellowship recently launched our annual Winter Warmth initiative, through which we provide heating checks and clothing to help needy elderly, families, and children stay warm and heat their homes during the cold winter months in Israel and the former Soviet Union.
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