Several years ago, when I started talking about holocaust survivors in Israel, Israel had 250,000 and 70,000 of them were in need of our help. Today there are 200,000 holocaust survivors in Israel, and 50,000 are in need of help. The reason is simple: They are dying. In the next few years, the last of them will be gone. Fifty thousand holocaust survivors need our help, and this may be our last opportunity to do something for them.
In the past, Chevra is pursuing a new strategy for helping Israel holocaust survivors that we believe will help more people than before, and will work in conjunction with the efforts of local humanitarian outreaches. We are building a huge warehouse in central Israel, which will receive large shipments of humanitarian aid. We will also be purchasing iron shipping containers that we can place all over Israel as distribution points throughout the land, and keep them supplied from our warehouse. The local humanitarian works will benefit by having a storage facility, that is constantly supplied, and since they are local, they can do the work better than we can. Chevra USA has already purchased one such container, and we hope to purchase many more.
If your congregation or ministry would like to sponsor a container, the cost is $3,000.00. We can tell you in exactly what city your container will serve, and put you in touch with the people who will run the distribution. You can even visit your distribution point. Our goal is to put as many of these in the field as possible. If you can help with this worthy project, we would be grateful.
At this time, our funds are very low, and we have no extra funds to do more projects, and to be honest, I’m not sure we have the funds to meet our current responsibilities. If you are able to help us with a special gift at this time, we’d be grateful.
Thank you all for your support of our work.