Special Needs

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” (Mahatma Ghandi) Free daycare centers in all ten Federation countries are currently being set up for physically or handicapped children. Based on the successful model initiated in 1996 in Dnepepetrovsk, Ukraine, autism, Downs Syndrome and a myriad of other afflictions will no longer be […]

Special Aid Fund

“‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” (Deuteronomy 15:11)   Blind, diabetic and crippled, a woman takes care of her 40 year old daughter – also crippled from birth. A man is hospitalized for months but cannot afford his life-saving medicine. Another woman […]

Soup kitchens

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:10) Hundreds of thousands of Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union live on meager pensions that are not sufficient to cover their most […]

Senior Welfare

“The strength and durability of a society can be judged by how it treats its elderly.”(John F. Kennedy) They have been through difficult times and exhilarating change; and now they deserve a modicum of comfort and dignity as they face their remaining years. The Federation of Jewish Communities provides hundreds of thousands of Jewish senior citizens […]


Prisoners throughout the Former Soviet Union are subject to especially harsh conditions. Chances of rehabilitation are low, and – as a result – families of prisoners suffer, too, having lost a breadwinner in a region where poverty is rampant. Understanding that prisoners can also one day become contributing citizens to society, local government officials have been […]

Medical clinics

“It is forbidden to dwell in a town without a doctor…” (Talmud, Sanhedrin)   In a country whose medical services are in need of “major repair”, where health expenditure is less than a quarter of that in neighboring Europe, and where life expectancy is about 10 years lower, it is not always wise to entrust […]

Food parcels for children

“Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.” (Maimonides) Even as the world moves well into the 21st century, hunger in the Former Soviet Union is still an ever-looming threat. The agricultural sector is beset by unpredictable climate and productivity; and the fear, stress, and hardship that accompany the lack of food, lead to illness, truancy and shame. A […]

Dental care for children

With threatening pockets of malnutrition and a general dearth of basic health care, dental care for children in the Former Soviet Union is typically ignored. The result is constant dental pain for an estimated ten percent of the young population and a future of dental debility for many more, often impairing scholastic performance and even leading […]

Clothing packages for children

“Good clothes open all doors.” (Thomas Fuller) Nothing adds to a child’s self-esteem like a new set of trendy clothes. The homeless, the uncared for, the sick and the handicapped – all stand to benefit from the self-confidence, motivation and integration that good clothes provide. And, in the freezing temperatures of many FSU regions, insufficient […]

Children’s Homes

“When there is not love for a child to remember, then there is nothing for the child to remember except the hate.” (Roger Dean Kiser) Jewish families have not escaped the high rate of unemployment and poverty ravaging the Former Soviet Union. Numerous marriages have broken up, leaving children in the hands of caretakers or […]