Re: [Cz-L] RE: Help the elderly members of the Jewish community on Cz!

From: Serah Kraft <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:37:58 +1000
To: Shelley <>, <>
Reply-To: Serah Kraft <>

[Serah - Please post in Plain Text; it's easy in gmail. This post was adapted by the moderator. Bruce]

Dear Shelley and Shula,

Thank you very much for your responses. I don't think that the problem lies
in the lack of funds but it would be useful to find out what's the budget
and where exactly it's coming from.
It would be good to engage a third party that can investigate how the funds
are distributed and if, indeed, the needy members of the Jewish community
in Chernivtsy are disadvantaged as welfare recipients comparing to people
in other Ukrainian cities.
I will speak to my friends in Israel hoping that someone will be able to

On 10/07/2014 1:39 AM, "Shelley" <> wrote:

> I can't find anything about who funds Hesed Shoshana. This is all I
> found. According to an article written in 2000,
> "The very newly opened Hesed Shoshana Welfare Centre is like no other
> construction in Chernivtsi. Its striking, arched awning is like a cool
> green tunnel that draws you through the menorah-style black iron gates
> into a peaceful, welcoming interior. The flagged floor is edged with
> smooth, oval stones and potted plants. The ceiling is a series of
> wide, low arches that seem to reach down towards you. Stepping inside
> from the hot sun, away from the broken roads and crumbling buildings
> of Cheliuskinzev Street, I felt immediately as if I had found
> somewhere special.
> Raissa Soboliva is working at a table in a newly carpeted room and
> willingly gives me some of her time. The room is furnished with
> comfortable couches, a black television and video system and a framed
> Gardens of Jerusalem poster hangs on the wall. =E2=80=98We have between t=
> and twelve paid workers,=E2=80=99 she explains, =E2=80=98but most of the =
work is done
> by volunteers.=E2=80=99 Originally from Byelorus, Raissa emigrated to Isr=
> three years ago and has been in Chernivtsi for the past two months
> supervising the finishing touches and ensuring that the opening of the
> centre and the first weeks of operation run smoothly. Previously a
> theatre, the Centre was constructed over the past year by local
> workers with money and assistance from the Diaspora, including The
> Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, The American
> Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Columbus Jewish Federation
> and World Jewish Relief, London.
> The Centre serves about a thousand Jews in Chernivtsi and the
> surrounding region. =E2=80=98We offer home help, personal care for the
> elderly, food, medicines and medical care, hairdressing, home repairs
> and manual labour,=E2=80=99 Raissa continues with obvious pride. =E2=80=
=98And social
> contact. Volunteers visit people who are perhaps isolated in
> villages.=E2=80=99 There is also a club, set out like a caf=C3=A9 with pl=
> tables and chairs and an upright piano. It is a place for people to
> meet, converse over tea or coffee and also to learn about Jewish
> history, customs and traditions. =E2=80=98We invite Jewish people and wri=
> to come and speak,=E2=80=99 one of the volunteers explains, an arrangemen=
> that Raissa Soboliva emphasizes. =E2=80=98We want people to not only rece=
> help here but also to feel as if they can contribute. It is two-way
> help.=E2=80=99"
> Sorry. Shelley
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