JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 – With Israel facing a major winter storm, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is distributing winter aid for 21,000 struggling elderly citizens across the country.
The Fellowship’s winter warmth aid will include 7,330 blankets for those with limited mobility, and 14,500 heating grants of NIS 200, or about $60, to the neediest elderly and Holocaust survivors.
The poorest elderly citizens find it a challenge to pay for heating their homes in the winter, as they must rely on government supplemental income for their basic needs. Many are forced to choose between paying for home heating and food, medicine or other basic necessities.
This winter’s aid, totaling almost $950,000, is part of The Fellowship’s annual Operation Winter Warmth. In 17 years of helping Israel’s most vulnerable citizens since setting up its Jerusalem office, The Fellowship has raised over NIS 4 billion ($1.16 billion) from its Christian supporters around the world for hundreds of emergency and daily social welfare initiatives.
In addition to its social welfare projects, The Fellowship supports immigration and absorption, invests in the welfare and security of Israeli citizens in times of emergency, and assists hundreds of thousands of needy Jews around the world. In the former Soviet Union this winter, The Fellowship is also helping to fund fuel, heating vouchers, blankets, warm clothing, and winterizing projects costing almost $1.2 million.
“The strength of a society is measured by how it deals with the weakest links,” says Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship’s founder and president. “While the Israeli government has taken a number of welcomed but limited steps to reduce poverty among the elderly, until pensions for seniors significantly increase, we cannot stand aside and leave Israel’s oldest citizens alone. We urge Israelis to join us in supporting the oldest among us who need our help, so that they can live their final years in dignity.”
About The Fellowship:
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.