JDC Provides Rosh Hashanah Aid to Elderly Jews in the Former Soviet Union

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Svetlana D. of Kishinev, Moldova, is one of thousands of elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union that will receive apples and honey and extra food during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, this year. Credit: JDC.

Impoverished elderly Jews across the former Soviet Union are expected to receive extra food and traditional holiday fare, including apples and honey, for the Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in partnership with the Claims Conference and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) will be delivering the aid to Jews throughout the region.

In addition to the extra food aid for the High Holiday season, elderly Jews will also be able to participate in local holiday activities including concerts, games, cooking workshops, and cultural performances courtesy of the JDC’s network of Hesed social welfare centers. Homebound seniors will receive visits from volunteers to help celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

“We’re proud that we can make the Jewish New Year a bit sweeter for poor, Jewish seniors in the former Soviet Union. At this time of reflection for the Jewish community, when we note the challenges and opportunities before us, we urge others to join us in remembering these Jews in our holiday wishes and to work with us and our partners to alleviate their suffering,” said David Schizer, head of the JDC.

“It’s heartening that Jewish volunteers and communities in a region where Jewish life was almost decimated are at the forefront of efforts to celebrate Jewish life and care for the neediest. We wish them, and Jews around the world, Shanah Tovah — may it be a year of health and happiness for us all.”