Practical Help for Holocaust Survivors
Ner Ya'akov provides
"Practical Help" for the last living
witnesses of the Holocaust in their private homes and wherever they need help.
The volunteers accompany survivors to Hospital and Doctor appointments,
clean their homes, help with their shopping and love to go to survivors
homes and simply just visit them. Ner Ya'akov also helps with financial
assistance when there is a very serious need.
In the whole of this work, it is the
desire for reconciliation that should be expressed above all, in what we are doing.
"You send young people to Israel to volunteer. Here they meet the survivors and
see that we are "real" people. They speak with us and receive the
information from the source, the terrible truth, and we treat together the
question: "Why?" All this is so important. They are in our homes and they do a good
job. Some of these young volunteers already belong to the third generation after
the Holocaust. I bless them! May you continue to work together with Israel and
as long as we survivors live, please send many more volunteers, for our good and
Hospital and Doctor Appointments
volunteers accompany the survivors on doctors visits and hospitals or for other
necessary procedures and care for them during illness. This care is extended to
Holocaust survivors in the Ner Yaakov home and also to survivors who still live
in their own
homes and private flats around the community.
Ner Yaakov team visiting and celebrating
the birthday of Sachar in the hospital
Simone brings a survivor
to the chemo - therapy
Help with house cleaning
"I have gone
through a lot in my life. My family was killed in 1941, during the second world
war. I am now eighty six years old and some time ago I had an accident. I fell
down and broke my hip and arm. I went through an operation in the hospital. Since then I am not able to walk properly any- more, which
I am finding very
difficult. Sometimes I cry, because I thank God, that He has not for- gotten me
and that He is sending me such lovely and caring people to help. They make sure
that I don't get lonely and care for me in many ways, they help me materially
and emotionally. I am moved to tears as I think about it. I am so grateful to
God for the people He has sent."
Batja (passed away)
Help with shopping
and other needs
The volunteers accompany survivors or go for them to the supermarket,
farmers market or any store were they may need to purchase supplies.
The volunteers help the survivors with anything they
“Udo, he is my feet”,
say’s Batja (Batja passed away)
Sarah receiving a pedicure
(Sarah passed away)
Private Home Visitations
Yaakov is visiting survivors around the city and land.
first time about Ner Yaakov from my sister who lives in St. Peters- burg. She met Inge
there. I am in need of help and have no children. Once a week a volunteer is
coming to me, and that helps me in many ways. I talk to the volunteers a
bit and I do not feel so alone. I know that every week somebody will come to me and
that makes me happy. I even leave my ‘Club for Elderly’ earlier, just
to be in time to meet the volunteer.”
“I am alone – but my
family is now Ner Yaakov. This means a lot to me. If anything happens, I can
always turn to Ner Yaakov. One cannot buy everything with money - we all need a
warm word. It is real refreshing for me."
Chana visiting Shoshana
Ya'akov provides financial assistance to the poor Holocaust survivors and their
families, many of whom are existing on very meager resources. This helps to
cover medical and pharmaceutical costs as well as contributing to their rent.