Faces of The Fellowship

Edna

Edna has been an orphan for 74 years. Her father died when she was a year old, her mother when she was 9. Today she is 83, living in Israel, and once again alone.

After making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) from her native Iran when she was 9, Edna went on to lead a full life. She got married and had three children. Today they are grown and don’t live very close to Edna. She sees them every few weeks.

In 2002, Edna was injured in a terror attack in a Netanya market. She was near the terrorist and was thrown a few yards away by his blast, breaking three vertebrae in her back. Shrapnel and a nail injured her leg, and she still finds it hard to walk. Today, she mostly uses a wheelchair to get around.

In addition to her mobility issues, Edna also suffers from trauma and anxiety that make it difficult for her to leave her home.

Thankfully, The Fellowship ensures that Edna has all she needs. After ordering what she wants through our virtual supermarket, Edna receives regular food deliveries from Fellowship volunteers. She was delighted recently when Yael Eckstein delivered her food package. The two women enjoyed a lovely visit Edna will long remember with gratitude and joy.

Roza

Roza is a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor from Morocco who now lives in Israel after making aliyah (immigrating to Israel). She relies on The Fellowship for survival.

Roza lives on the third floor of an old building that has no elevator. Roza only leaves home with the help of her caregiver. Since the building is so old, the plumbing needed repairs, but Roza couldn’t afford to pay a plumber.

Thankfully, The Fellowship is able to help her as needs arise, and we helped cover the cost of this home repair. Additionally, a Fellowship volunteer visits her each week as part of our With Dignity and Fellowship program, which provides impoverished elderly in Israel with warm clothing, food, medicine, and companionship.

When yet another emergency came up – this time Roza desperately needed dental care – we stepped in and provided her a grant to cover the dental treatments.

This is the kind of loving care generous Fellowship donors make possible every day.

Inna

Inna, 61, is one of just a few Jews who remain in Moldavanka, the former center of Orthodox Jewish life in Odessa, Ukraine, and today a scene of decay and disrepair.

Among Inna’s few prized possessions is a shabby siddur, or Jewish prayer book, that belonged to her grandfather. “I’m happy that these days I don’t need to hide my religious identity anymore,” Inna says. Raised in a religious family, she remains Orthodox, keeping kosher and attending synagogue on Shabbat (Sabbath).

Inna also enjoys working part-time as a librarian at a local library, but still her life is filled with hardships. After paying for food and medicine, Inna has no money left to pay for much-needed repairs to her deteriorating apartment, which consists of two rooms and a leaky roof. She also suffers from many health issues, including kidney disease, high blood pressure, and severe migraines.

Inna has one daughter who has a large family of her own and cannot help her mother. Thankfully, The Fellowship stepped in with emergency aid to help.

We provide Inna with home care, help with home repairs, and grants for medical equipment, like a cane to help her walk. Inna depends on this aid in order to survive, and now she knows that she has Fellowship friends around the world who care for her.

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