Thirty years ago, Magda made aliyah (immigrated to Israel). She didn’t make the move alone, but with her husband, the childless couple realizing one of the dreams they’d long shared.
And for decades, this precious Jewish woman from Romania worked in the Holy Land as a caregiver, helping Israel’s elderly and disabled.
Magda always had something – caring for others. And she always had someone.
But five years ago, Magda’s husband passed away. But she still had those she took care of to keep her company.
Then, just last year, the elderly widow retired from her job caring for others. Now all she had were a small pension and those she’d see at the Fellowship-supported soup kitchen where she ate her meals.
And then, like so many others in Israel and around the world, the coronavirus pandemic changed Magda’s life — for the worse.
“Being alone is the most difficult part of my life,” Magda tells us when we deliver a food box. She’s thin, not having eaten much because the pandemic and Israel’s lockdown have kept her inside, and because she simply can’t afford to buy much food in the first place.
But The Fellowship and our faithful friends learned of Magda’s sad situation — a situation we see more and more, with Israel’s elderly being stuck at home alone — and now Madga has “been receiving hot meals on a daily basis” and “food boxes for the holidays.”
More than the food, however, is the friendship this precious Jewish widow receives when Fellowship volunteers arrive at her home. “I’m so grateful for all the good that you do for me,” Magda says. “You are special people.”