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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little Hope

Little Hope
Can you imagine living through a Russian winter with no heat in your home?
Sadly, it’s a very real possibility for thousands of elderly destitute Jews, including holocaust survivors, who face a harsh winter without the vital help provided by IFCJ’s Isaiah 58 program.
People like Anna Karabut, who, as a child, survived Nazi brutality in a concentration camp.
Now she suffers through harsh Russian winters in a house with little food, no central heat, no indoor plumbing, and no running water.
Anna simply could not survive without the food, assistance and winter relief she receives thanks to IFCJ donors like you.
My friend, there are thousands of elderly Jews — like Anna — who live in miserable, squalid conditions in the former Soviet Union, constantly making the heartbreaking choice between buying food, medicine, heating fuel or other essentials.  I fear that many may not make it through another winter without our help.
During the dead of winter, many elderly and infirm are unable to leave their home for days or weeks at a time. Ensuring that they have food, heating fuel and basic necessities is absolutely critical.
We must act. And we must act now.
Isaiah teaches us “comfort ye, comfort ye, my people.” Today, I urge you to say to these desperate people — 'We stand with you, we will comfort you, we will be there for you and you can count on us.'
There are so many lonely elderly, including Holocaust survivors like Anna, living in shocking poverty — with your help, we can make a meaningful difference in their lives.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Sig
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Jewish people in the former Soviet Union are not only facing a long, cold winter, but also a rise in anti-Semitism throughout the region.  They are denied opportunities and live in constant fear and unimaginable poverty.
We have an obligation, an opportunity, and, I would say, a responsibility to help.  Please make a special wintertime gift to Isaiah 58


God blesses Israel and Shalom!

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