When he was 16, Gregory Margolin’s family fled the Nazis and he joined the Red Army. When, at 86, a rebel missile destroyed his house in eastern Ukraine and killed his daughter, his family knew they had to flee again — this time, to in Israel.
“The moment it happened, we decided that’s it. Here and now, we’re moving to Israel,” says Gregory’s granddaughter, Liora. Thankfully, Federation partner the Jewish Agency for Israel was there to help them figure out how.
Since fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine last year, over 10,000 Jews have made Aliyah with JAFI’s assistance.
From providing pre-aliyah counseling and travel arrangements in Ukraine to temporary housing, Hebrew lessons, and social services once in Israel, The Jewish Agency is there to ease the transition every step of the way.
Gregory and his family now live in safety with his niece’s family in Ramla. Thanks to Federation agencies, they and so many other Ukrainian Jews affected by the raging conflict now live in safety, comfort, and dignity.
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