EAJC leaders view assistance to socially vulnerable Jewish families and elderly people in the Euro-Asian region as one of the most important goals of the congress activity.
“In the Jewish tradition, support for the poor is indicated by the word tzedaka, that is, literally justice, and is one of the most important injunctions of Judaism. We are doing everything possible so that our children and the elderly can lead a decent, meaningful life and receive comprehensive assistance and care, ” says the EAJC President Dr. Mikhail Mirilashvili.
With the support of the EAJC and personally of the EAJC President Dr. Mikhail Mirilashvili, the Regional Jewish Congress in St. Petersburg, under the leadership of executive vice president Yevgenia Lvova, is implementing significant social projects.
The Jewish Family Service program supports Jewish families with low incomes, single-parent families, guardianship families with orphans or children whose parents are deprived of parental rights, families with children or parents with disabilities, etc.
The Jewish Family Service concept is based on American and Israeli methods of social support and provides an integrated approach to working with families.
Each family receives consultations from various specialists, including a social worker. Based on professional recommendations, an individual support plan is drawn up, which allows achieving significant success in overcoming social insecurity.
The program has already helped over 5,000 children, improving their quality of life as well as providing an amazing opportunity to be part of the Jewish people.
For 20 years, the Jewish Sunday club “Neshama” has been helping families to overcome crisis situations and everyday difficulties. One of the priority areas of the club is to provide elderly Jews with free food, both in various social centers and with home delivery.
As part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Relief Program at the Center for Remembrance and Health in St. Petersburg, elderly people attend one-to-one and group classes, undergo medical examinations and receive the necessary medications.