Federation Impact

Exodus to a New Life

When he left the Soviet Union with his family at age 7, Michael owned nothing but the shirt he was wearing—complete with grease stain on the front pocket.

 

He had safely tucked the butter served on his flight to Israel there because he couldn’t imagine a life different than the one h…

Helping French Jews Build New Lives in Israel

Though he’s been in Israel for less than a year and is far from his family, Thibault already feels more at home there than he ever did in his native France.

 

In Paris, he felt like an outcast. Though his grandparents are Holocaust survivors, Thibault grew up in an assimilated household…

One Constant Thing in Times of Crisis

“Completely alone.”

 

That’s how Anna Kushnir has felt since fighting broke out in her town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine last year. Amid constant gunfire and mortars, her beloved husband of over 50 years died unexpectedly. Every house in her town has been destroyed, replaced with…

Fueling Cuba's Jewish Revival

When a Jewish revival began in Cuba in 1991, eight-year-old Monica del Pino was ready and waiting.

 

From 1959 until that day, the small group of Jews who remained in Cuba—just six percent of the pre-Revolution population—had accustomed itself to keeping a low profile. But when the go…

Refuge for a War Hero in Need

While his family was fleeing the Nazis during World War II, Gregory Margolin, only 16 years old, was fighting them in the Soviet Red Army, first as a sniper, then as a commander. Now, at 86 and beginning to struggle with Alzheimer’s, he still proudly wears his uniform bedecked with medals…