8 Nights of Giving: Honoring Holocaust Survivors

This Hanukkah, we are proud to share stories of people whose lives you have touched through your support of Jewish Federation & Family Services.  These stories - real stories of real people - illustrate the impact of your charitable partnership with JFFS.  Together, we do the extraordinary: caring for aging Holocaust survivors, helping people to overcome disabilities, extending lifelines to neighbors in need, educating young leaders, building community and, so much more.  Please share these stories with family and friends - tonight and all year long!

The Holocaust Survivor Program of Jewish Federation & Family Services honors and supports Holocaust survivors living in our community, helping them to achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life. We were saddened to lose ten survivors this year. Indeed, many are becoming increasingly frail and are in need of a higher level of care, coordination and intervention. Thanks to funds from our caring community and from the Conference for Material Claims Against Germany, we were able to provide that care. JFFS was able to help 48 survivors with the highest level of need to pay $266,000 for 14,400 hours of critically needed home care. We also helped survivors connect to $190,000 in reparation payments from overseas governments. Beyond that, we helped 183 survivors with one-on-one care management and provided 90 with opportunities to socialize and enjoy themselves at Café Europa gatherings.
Part of our mission is to connect community members – young and old – with Holocaust survivors. Earlier this Hanukkah, JFFS helped a local young couple “adopt” four Holocaust survivors. Bearing food baskets and gifts, the young couple went on a journey through Orange County. Their experience was remarkable.

From the couple bearing gifts to Holocaust survivor families:

From an appreciative survivor visited by David and Annette G.:
Honoring and supporting our neighbors in need. Building connections across the community. Together, we do the extraordinary.
Tonight, after lighting the candles and before sharing gifts, consider how your generous support of Jewish Federation & Family Services transforms our community this season and throughout the year. Make this Festival of Lights a Festival of Giving.
Happy Hanukkah from all of us at JFFS!

P.S.  If you have not yet made your 2014 charitable donation to JFFS, isn't this a good time?

If you have already made your 2014 pledge to JFFS, please consider a special year-end gift, so that we can provide more services to more people.

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