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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Feed the hungry and help those in trouble...
There are thousands of impoverished Jewish children living in desperate, life-threatening situations throughout the former Soviet Union right now.
Children like Shirin, and her little sister, Birjakhanim.
These two girls live in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, where they suffer a depth of heartrending poverty that is impossible to imagine.  Their clothes are threadbare, their shoes have holes, and painful hunger is a daily reality.
It wasn’t until I saw it with my own eyes that I truly understood how urgently the children of this region need our help.
For Shirin, home is a crowded, damp apartment with no heating.  Her bed is a dirty old mattress in the corner of a bedroom.  Work here is almost impossible to come by, thanks to the all-pervading anti-Semitism of the region.
Without help from IFCJ’s Isaiah 58 program — and donors like you — Shirin and Birjakhanim’s parents could not provide their children with basic necessities, such as warm clothes, nor heat their small home.
As winter bears down on the former Soviet Union, I ask generous friends like you to please donate to Isaiah 58 today, and help IFCJ provide winter relief, food and warm clothing to these needy children.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your concern for Shirin, Birjakhanim and other similarly destitute Jewish children worldwide.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Sig
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
There are so many Jewish children in the former Soviet Union who urgently need our help.  Many have been orphaned or abandoned and suffer from malnutrition and abuse as they live on the streets.


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