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. Donate to the Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors.


The Facts:

  • 200,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, 25% are poor.
  • 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.

Our Impact:

  • 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.
  • Nearly $6.5 million is earmarked annually from the Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors and the annual campaign to meet the needs of the last generation of Holocaust survivors.
  • $4 million was secured from the New York City Council — thanks to our advocacy — for the Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative.

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

Related Nonprofits and Programs:


Blue Card
Eshel (JDC)
(Among many others)



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