Earlier this week, we observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the world, our Jewish family reflected on the devastation of the unforgettable, systematic genocide of our people. But we should also think about the survivors.
Here in Los Angeles, there are 10,000 Holocaust survivors, and roughly 30% are living in poverty or subsisting on very low income. To make matters worse, many cannot afford the basic services they need to manage on their own and remain in their homes. In short, they are facing a homecare crisis.
As Jews, we have an obligation to do everything we can to help those who have already endured the unimaginable. That’s why our Federation has committed to raising $1 million through our Holocaust Survivors Homecare Crisis Fund so local survivors can receive transportation to medical appointments, and assistance with bathing/hygiene, meal preparation, and shopping for basic necessities. We began the campaign on Giving Tuesday, and so far we have raised $800,000. We need your support to reach our goal.
The next $200,000 we raise will provide 10,000 additional hours of in-home services through our partner Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.
Your gift will go directly toward helping local survivors live with the dignity they so greatly deserve. Please make your gift now.
We must never forget. And, we ask that you remember the survivors in need too.
For more information on the Holocaust Survivors Homecare Crisis Fund, contact Betsy Berger at BBerger@JewishLA.org.