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September 26, 2016

Religious Charities Commit $52 Million to Help Elderly Jews

Two large religious charities have announced a $52 million commitment to provide food and medicine to elderly Jews — including Holocaust survivors — in the former Soviet Union.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has established the IFCJ Food and Medicine Lifeline, which will deliver assistance to tens of thousands of poor, elderly Jews through a network of local agencies run by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

"Too many Jews around the world, but especially in the former Soviet Union, struggle to meet their most basic needs, including securing the food and medicine they need simply to survive," Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the fellowship’s president, said in a written statement.

The four-year commitment marks a significant expansion of the two-decade partnership between the two nonprofits.

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