Bringing a Sweeter New Year to Needy Jewish Children in Belarus

As unemployment and the cost of living continued to rise and a deepening financial crisis compounded Belarus’ economic woes, over 4,200 at-risk Jewish children and their families received essential welfare services last year through the Jewish Family Outreach Service (JFOS) that JDC helped establish. Support from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews–JDC Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union makes these services possible.

Our Food Card program allowed children whose families could not afford basic food items to shop for groceries, while aid was provided for the purchase of needed medicines, essential furnishings, warm clothing, shoes, and school supplies.

At the same time, educational, social, and cultural programs organized by JFOS integrate these children and their families into the community through family summer camps for children and parents, day camps held in various cities during school holidays, and specialized programs for children and young adults with disabilities.

The Rosh Hashanah activities portrayed in this slideshow include a festival in Minsk that brought New Year customs to life for children and parents, and the distribution of holiday kits to give JFOS clients in Minsk, Gomel, Mozyr, and Bobruisk the essentials needed for a sweeter New Year.

Learn more about JDC programs in Belarus!



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