JERUSALEM — With more and more Israeli families in need of financial support during the coronavirus crisis, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) doubled its annual efforts to help vulnerable citizens during the High Holy Days.
“The coronavirus pandemic has created an economic crisis the likes of which we have never seen,” said Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of The Fellowship. “We are fully mobilizing to help families, the elderly, and children with food and basic necessities so that they can get through this difficult period in peace and celebrate the holidays with dignity.”
To fill the rising need, The Fellowship allocated over $4.5 million to provide food, comfort, and hope to more than 150,000 Jews in Israel and the former Soviet Union.
The aid includes 43,500 food boxes, cards, and meals for elderly and families throughout Israel; hot meals for 2,600 elderly people in the former Soviet Union lasting an entire month; and 5,700 food cards for families of IDF soldiers and discharged IDF lone soldiers.
The Fellowship is also distributing 10,000 jars of honey to elderly throughout Israel as they celebrate the Jewish New Year alone under the second coronavirus lockdown of the year.
Yael Eckstein credited both The Fellowship’s supporters in the U.S. and the Israeli public for remarkable generosity and compassion in helping those who are suffering most during the crisis. “Our hundreds of thousands of donors in the U.S. continue to increase their donations, even though they are facing great financial challenges due to the pandemic as well. And we are happy to see the Israeli public join with us by giving generous donations for those who have lost their livelihoods. This type of solidarity will help Israel to manage and withstand any crisis.”