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    Weʼve raised £210 to spend 10 days in Ukraine (Peretz), giving practical help to elderly Jewish people.

    London, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 25th September 2017

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    Loving Elderly Jews in Ukraine

    The age structure and history of Ukrainian Jewry is testament to the enormous need for welfare services for the disproportionately large sector of the Jewish population that is elderly. According to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, at least 180,000 Jews in Ukraine are in this category. A lifetime of poor nutrition, a collapsing health care system, meager pensions, overpriced basic medicines, inadequate housing, severely degraded ecological conditions, and the trauma of twentieth-century Jewish history in Ukraine have generated an impoverished and fragile elderly Jewish population whose needs seem infinite.

    Contemporary Jewish octogenarians in Ukraine have lived through revolution, civil war, Stalinism (collectivization and state-induced famine, forced closure of small businesses, political terror), distortion and suppression of Jewish life, Nazi occupation of the entire country accompanied by the slaughter of 1.85 million local Jews, accusations of economic crimes in the 1960s, the emigration of younger and more vital family members beginning in the late 1970s, state-sponsored antisemitism throughout the 70-year Soviet era, and post-Soviet economic upheaval. Most elderly Jews live alone, their families destroyed during World War II and the Katastrofa or separated by emigration. Many reside in poorly maintained urban apartment buildings, some without elevator service, or in village bungalows, often without indoor plumbing or central heating.

    A small team from our church are going, on an OM short-term mission, to offer practical support, in people's homes. The money we're trying to raise is to cover Peretz's flight & living expenses while there. All contributions are very gratefully received!

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    • helen milstein1 year ago
      helen milstein

      helen milstein

      1 year ago

      Thank you for continuing to donate! All safely arrived in Ukraine & due to start work today, despite suitcases being left behind in Warsaw en route!

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    • helen milstein1 year ago
      helen milstein

      helen milstein

      1 year ago

      Only a few days to go! Still plenty of time to donate, if you'd like to support. Thank you so much to all those of you who have already given so generously.

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    Page last updated on: 9/18/2017 6:23 PM

    Supporters

    8

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 18, 2017

    • Mrs. P A Maggs

      Mrs. P A Maggs

      Sep 11, 2017

      £20.00

    • Liz Barraclough

      Liz Barraclough

      Sep 5, 2017

      £10.00

    • Sara Atkinson

      Sara Atkinson

      Aug 30, 2017

      £10.00

    • Marianne Atherton

      Marianne Atherton

      Aug 29, 2017

      Hope it goes really well Peretz - it will be an amazing experience.....soooo well done for volunteering....

      £30.00

    • Peter Bradley

      Peter Bradley

      Aug 29, 2017

      A worthy man for a worthy cause

      £50.00

    • Jonathan Collier

      Jonathan Collier

      Aug 29, 2017

      £20.00

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