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Displaying Rosh Hashanah care packages are (from left) Deputy Mayor of Kfar Saba Oren Cohen; Jewish Agency chairman of the executive and chairman of the executive of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel; and, senior vice president of Amigour Erez Shani, September 2021. Credit: Amigour.

Thousands of elderly Israelis to receive care packages for Rosh Hashanah

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As vulnerable populations continue to take precautions due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the Jewish Agency for Israel’s affordable-housing subsidiary, Amigour, will provide comprehensive food packages to the elderly, with a focus...
Female survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. Credit: No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Oakes, H (Sgt.).

Congress doubles funding request for assistance to Holocaust survivors

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended a $10 million funding increase on Tuesday for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program (HASP) for the fiscal year 2022. According to a...
A grandfather and his family in the new gift room at Sheba Medical Center, June 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Sheba Medical Center opens gift room for long-term elderly patients

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Sheba Medical Center has inaugurated Israel’s first hospital gift room exclusively for elderly patients, located in the Geriatric Division of Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Intended for geriatric patients who are hospitalized long-term or whose birthday occurs...
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, in conjunction with Amidar—Israel’s national public housing company and a branch of the Ministry of Construction and Housing—are distributing winter kits to 10,000 elderly residents in public housing across the country, January 2021. Credit: IFCJ.

10,000 elderly residents in public housing across Israel receive winter kits

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In the midst of winter in Israel, residents are struggling with the financial burden of heating their homes, especially as they spend more time indoors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and bills...
JDC Hanukkah candle-lightings and other online programs are geared to connect Jews worldwide as the coronavirus pandemic reaches an especially dark period, December 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Hanukkah candle-lighting on Facebook, events on Zoom to connect Jews worldwide

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As a way to connect Jews of all ages during the height of the global coronavirus pandemic, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is inviting people to join on Facebook and unite with...
Chassidic Jews praying in accordance with social-distancing rules outside of their synagogue in Jerusalem on Aug. 10, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Health Ministry: More than half of elderly COVID patients are ultra-Orthodox

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Although the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel has dropped over the course of the country’s second lockdown, a Health Ministry team charged with outreach to the insular haredi community reported on Tuesday that more...

On Simchat Torah: Lessons from Liudmila, a pandemic sage

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As we are about to celebrate Simchat Torah—a holiday defined by its communal gatherings, and the critical importance of physical proximity and traditions like dancing with the Torah—I find myself thinking of the Talmudic...
JDC volunteers delivered food packages to seniors prior to the start of Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 18, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Communities worldwide celebrate New Year amid pandemic with help of JDC

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In the face of a new, socially distant pandemic reality, thousands of Jews worldwide managed to enjoy JDC-supported holiday programming for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Nearly 9,000 elderly Jews in the former Soviet...
Credit: Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Jewish federations awarded $5 million federal grant to assist Holocaust survivors

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging has awarded a $5 million grant to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to expand Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care...
A family member visits an elderly resident at a senior facility run by the Jewish Association on Aging in Pittsburgh. Credit: Courtesy.

COVID-19 and the Jewish elderly: Report from Miami, Pittsburgh and New York

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As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of losses, particularly early on when COVID-19 swept through the boroughs of New York City and Upstate New...