The Joint Australia COVID-19 Update – 19 June 2020
WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2020 – WITHOUT A HOME BUT NOT WITHOUT A HOPE
For 106 years, The Joint has been the global Jewish 000, putting Jewish values into action when the world needs it most. When Jewish refugees and other displaced people have been forced from their homes by violence or persecution, compassionate Jews like you have been there, working through The Joint to provide them with a lifeline.
World Refugee Day is this Saturday.
Meri Zegelman is just one of over a million displaced Jewish people The Joint has helped in their time of need. When war broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2014, she and her husband, Leonid, both Holocaust survivors, had to flee their hometown of Luhansk carrying only two small suitcases.
What they thought would be a two-week evacuation in Kharkiv became permanent. Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, The Joint was able to provide food, medicine, and emotional support, helping the Zegelman’s rent and get settled into a new apartment. Meri quickly became a vital member of the Kharkiv Jewish community; now a Joint volunteer, she leads a group of other elderly Jews who gather for food, conversation, holiday celebrations, and more.
“LIFE FELT LIKE IT HAD COLLAPSED FOR US. BUT THANKS TO THE JOINT, WE STILL FEEL LIKE JEWS AND WE STILL FEEL NEEDED” – Meri Zegelman
Today, with COVID-19 making in-person gatherings impossible, Meri continues to hold her newfound community together with phone calls, video chats, and an online cooking class she teaches about Jewish cuisine.
Every life is priceless, and each life we lift up enriches countless others. That’s why we do what we do.
Once again, the world is in turmoil. But together, we can ensure that the global Jewish 000 is still there to help.
Thank you for your support — and for standing with refugees and all other displaced people.
The Joint Australia wishes you Shabbat Shalom and a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Eva Fischl OAM
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