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Monday, February 11, 2013


Trapped by the Frigid Winter Hel Us Make a Difference
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Eighty-three year old Lubov lives in the former Soviet Union (FSU) with her 56-year-old daughter, Olga, who suffers from polio. They share two tiny rooms in a run-down apartment building. Sadly, there are many needy Jews in the FSU like Lubov and Olga – simply struggling to survive.
Subzero temperatures have gripped this troubled region, and a difficult economy has already forced thousands to choose between buying food and medicine or heating their home.
With so many elderly – including Holocaust survivors and impoverished families facing desperate conditions, The Fellowship has launched our Operation Warmth campaign. With your help we will distribute blankets and provide over 10,000 impoverished Jews throughout the FSU with heating fuel.
To those we help like Lubov and Olga, this assistance is, quite literally, a lifesaving blessing. “We don’t have relatives, so only The Fellowship helps us,” Lubov explains with tears in her eyes. “We are so very grateful.”
Far too many people in the FSU are living in dire conditions this winter, praying for the help they need to survive. Please help these vulnerable elderly who have nowhere else to turn by making a generous gift to our Operation Warmth campaign. Together we can protect these precious souls.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Sig
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President
There are still many months of bitter cold to be endured and many lives at stake right now. Join us and help these elderly Jews survive the winter by making a specialgift today.


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He survived the horrors of the Holocaust in his native Bulgaria … struggled to survive when the Nazis sent him and his family to live in the misery of a Jewish ghetto … saw the Nazis murder many of his family members. And today, tragically, 78-year-old Yehoshua struggles to afford enough food to survive.

Right after the war, Yehoshua and his few remaining relatives made aliyah (immigrated to Israel), where Yehoshua met his wife, Leah. When he was younger, Yehoshua was able to work and provide for his family. Unfortunately, today, due to extreme financial hardship he and Leah often find themselves without any food – like too many other Holocaust survivors in Israel.

Their ongoing struggle against hunger and poverty is even more painful now, as Passover approaches. Yehoshua and Leah can’t possibly afford the special foods necessary to observe this sacred Jewish holiday according to biblical tradition.

Thankfully, the food packages Yehoshua and Leah receive through The Fellowship’s Fill the Pantry food campaign mean that they don’t have to go to bed hungry. “Thanks to The Fellowship and our friends in America,” Yehoshua beams, “we will truly be able to celebrate freedom this Passover.”

Please help Holocaust survivors like Yehoshua, as well as other impoverished elderly Jews throughout Israel and the former Soviet Union, celebrate this Passover with dignity. Support our Fill the Pantry food drive today – and may God bless you for your generosity.


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