Meeting holocaust survivors’ daily needs in addition to providing special holiday food boxes for Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.
a great need for help
restoring the dignity
There is an estimated 200,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel, and a quarter of them are living in poverty. The number of survivors shrinks every month, as the population grows increasingly elderly and frail. The Holocaust ended in 1945 and the survivors today were children at that time. Now they are in the final chapter of their lives.
Many Holocaust survivors came to Israel after World War II and have built lives and families there. Many others, however, were trapped in the former Soviet Union when the war ended. When it finally became possible to come to Israel, they began to arrive. This group of immigrant Holocaust survivors many of them Russian or German speakers are in great need of assistance.
When they arrived, they were already senior citizens and often had no financial reserves. They forfeited their small pensions from their former countries when they came to Israel. Those who arrived by 1953 are provided a small pension of around $800 USD per month, but those that arrived after that date do not qualify for the same assistance even if they were in the same family or camp.
Even if they do get a tiny pension it is not nearly enough to live on.
The rent for even small poorly equipped apartment, in need of repair, is more than $1,000 USD per month. In order to make ends meet, elderly survivors often live together in a small apartment. This is why it is so important to help support them with food and in any way that we can.
poverty and seclusion
holocaust survivors in need
They are in need of your help because they live at or below the poverty line and have to choose between buying food and other essentials like lifesaving medicines, shelter and heat in the winter months.
elderly and holocaust survivors assisted
As God provides, LHM is assisting over 10,000 elderly and Holocaust Survivors by meeting their daily needs in addition to providing special holiday food boxes for Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.
partners in this cause
supporting holocaust survivors
In 2018 we began our commitment to the Haifa Home For Holocaust Survivors (Yad Ezer Lechaver’ Foundation) and in 2020 we expanded our efforts to include the Amigour Project.At Yad Ezer we provide funding for the facilities and food distribution for 300 elderly Jews that depend on this organization for meals, fellowship and in some cases shelter and clothing.
As God provides we also provide support for their Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot meals and other basic food essentials daily to over 2,000 elderly Holocaust Survivors living throughout Northern Israel.
Through your generosity we are also able to provide much needed assistance to another 7,500 elderly survivors associated with Amigour. In Hebrew, Amigour means “A home for my people” and was established to provide essential care for disadvantaged elderly in 57 housing projects throughout Israel and 2 chronic care facilities that provide round the clock nursing homes and medical care.
Miriam remembers the day the Nazis arrived
Miriam and other young girls had the grueling task of clearing snow and stones off a field, only to be ordered to put the stones back the very next day. Anyone not working hard enough, in the eyes of the Nazis, was ruthlessly beaten. Before long, Miriam and the others were transported to Ghetto Lodz. They lived there for a month: Sleeping in the cold, winter streets on makeshift straw mattresses before being marched back to town, where another Ghetto had been prepared. One by one, Miriam’s sister, brother, and grandmother were sent off to different camps; she never saw them again. Miriam can still recall the sounds of wailing and sobbing as family members were separated.
In 1942, Miriam was sent back to Ghetto Lodz, a place of starvation, sickness and constant death, only to be taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau two years later. The chaos which greeted them and ensuing months of living constantly surrounded by death were, in Miriam’s words, “beyond the realm of human language” to describe.
Thankfully, this nightmare ended when the camp was liberated in the spring of 1945.
Miriam’s parents and all but one of her siblings did not survive the war. Once freed, Miriam began her journey to the land of Palestine – soon to become Israel – on the ‘Biria.’
In this ship, the Jewish passengers were packed together like sardines with hardly any access to food, but the hope of arriving in a Jewish homeland kept them alive.
Upon arrival, British troops detained Miriam and the other passengers on charges of traveling to Palestine illegally, but as British rule in Palestine was withering, the war victims were eventually released.
Miriam recalls dancing in the streets on the day Israel declared statehood. After years of living in a nightmare, she was now witnessing a dream: The Jewish people finally had a home! Today Miriam is a proud mother of three, grandmother of nine, and great grandmother of seven beautiful children.
Miriam is one of the residents at the “Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors”. As her health diminishes, she is grateful for the care and companionship she enjoys at the Home. You can contribute to this work, which ensures these precious survivors are surrounded by love in the remaining years of their lives.