Education

We make available Russian/Hebrew prayerbooks, Talesim, mezuzot and other religious items to people interested in receiving them.

Chevra is a humanitarian organization, not a religious one. While we help primarily Jewish people, we do not promote religious teaching as a prerequisite or incentive for people to receive our help. Our policy is to informally cooperate with other charities seeking to help Jewish people, but we will help any Jews in need regardless of whether they wish to receive religious information or not.

Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union disintegrated during the communist period. People want to know more about their heritage, but most often it exists as a far off memory of something their grandparents did. We make available Russian/Hebrew prayerbooks, Talesim, mezuzot and other religious items to people interested in receiving them.

In addition, we assist all Jewish people seeking to immigrate to Israel, getting them to the boats or airports, as well as help them with passports and their paperwork. We established homes in Israel of elderly holocaust survivors without family, so they too could immigrate to Israel.

Israel Housing Project

 It is our hope that some would be moved to support this project.

I recently visited our homes in Israel, and saw a man we met in Ukraine several years ago. He was living in terrible conditions there. He had both legs amputated, had no teeth, and was living on the potatoes we were bringing him. He has no family. Everyone perished in the holocaust. Normally he would not have been approved to move to Israel, but because we could receive him into one of our homes, it was possible for him to come. Israel gave him prosthetic legs, and he was WALKING. He had dentures, and is not eating normal meals. It was as if he had his life back. When he saw us, he couldn't stop hugging and kissing us. He said, "I'm in paradise." I honestly left there crying.

Each house costs about $2000.00 a month to operate. Our goal is to have 100 of these houses. It is our hope that some would be moved to support this project.

Immigration to Israel

We assist all Jewish people seeking to immigrate to Israel, getting them to the boats or airports, as well as help them with passports and their paperwork.

A passport costs about $100.00. If a person makes between $50-100.00 per month, and their family is not able to live on that, it is not possible for them to purchase passports at $100.00 each for their family members. We provide passport money, so they can begin the process of leaving the FSU and immigrating to Israel.

When a family or individual is about to move to Israel, they sell most of their possessions, and it is their responsibility to get to the airport or ship they will travel on. If they live a long distance from their point of disembarkation, they will need transportation. We provide this for them.

Frequently, the elderly are not encouraged to move to Israel, because they will not receive enough subsidy to live on their own, and they are too old to begin learning Hebrew. But a move to Israel for an elderly Russian Jew means a new life. They will get superior medical care, plentiful good healthy food, and life in a more gentle place, where being a Jew is something good, not something derogatory.

We established homes in Israel for elderly holocaust survivors without family, so they too can immigrate to Israel. It is our feeling that at the end of their lives, after having endured such terrible sufferings, they should live out their lives in peace and comfort, and not poverty and fear.

Soup Kitchens

 Jewish people in the FSU are in a terrible situation. Many do not have bread to eat. Others are living in deplorable conditions without heat, electricity or running water. Some have been beaten and others killed just because they are Jewish. They have been made the scapegoats for the economic and social upheaval caused by the fall of communism. They are at the same time blamed for both communism, as well as rabid capitalism. Our goal is to help them in any way we are able.

In addition, we assist all Jewish people seeking to immigrate to Israel, getting them to the boats or airports, as well as help them with passports and their paperwork. We established homes in Israel of elderly holocaust survivors without family, so they too could immigrate to Israel. In addition we have provided Russian/Hebrew prayerbooks, Talesim and other religious items to people interested in them.

We are actively involved in many countries, and go by different names in each country. Chevra is the American entity for our international effort. Some countries are "giving countries" while others are "receiving countries." We have been so blessed and are so rich in North America and have the ability to do much to alleviate the suffering and needs of others. Chevra's work is a way people can make a real difference in the lives of many people in need.

Chevra is a humanitarian organization, not a religious one. While we help primarily Jewish people, we do not promote religious teaching as a prerequisite or incentive for people to receive our help. Our policy is to informally cooperate with other charities seeking to help Jewish people, but we will help any Jews in need regardless of whether they wish to receive religious information or not. Our goal is to help our people in their time of need.