Aging Holocaust survivors require more nuanced care. The terrible trials they suffered in their earlier years, like malnutrition, can intensify the typical challenges that come with old age. The loss of a spouse or longtime friend can re-trigger traumas experienced in the past. That’s why our support is so critical. Our funding provides Holocaust survivors with counseling, home-based care to avoid institutionalization, and social programs that brighten their days.

Help us keep our promise to never forget and never abandon.

Covid-19 Crisis: Our Response

During the pandemic, elderly Holocaust survivors, living with advanced age and health issues, have faced increased risk of illness. Many remain sheltered in place, unable to shop for groceries or meet their friends. We’ve responded by funding food and meal delivery, emergency cash for rent, medicine and other basic needs, and virtual programming to give purpose to their days.


The Facts:

  • Nearly 200,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, 25% are poor.
  • Approximately 36,000 Holocaust survivors live in the New York area, nearly 40% in poverty.
  • As survivors age, they require more care as the trials of their younger years show dire effects with age.
  • The cost of caring for Holocaust survivors won’t abate until 2025.

About the Data

Our Impact:

  • Nearly $7 million is dedicated to meet the needs of the last generation of Holocaust survivors in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.
  • 28,000 Holocaust survivors in New York and Israel receive emergency cash assistance, counseling, help accessing benefits, and other vital services through UJA’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors.

With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs:

The Blue Card
Eshel (JDC)
New York Legal Assistance Group
Selfhelp Community Services
(Among many others)



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