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Dear KAVOD SHEF,  Seed The Dream Foundation and your funding partners,

Please accept our most sincere hakarat hatov, most sincere thanks, praise and appreciation, to those who have made our work with Holocaust survivors possible. We feel compelled to share how this grant has been life-changing for our clients. Our KAVOD SHEF and Seed The Dream Foundation grant has literally put eye glasses on eyes so people can see, hearing aides in ears so people can hear, shoes on feet so people can walk, food in mouths so people did not go hungry … I could go on and on … the dignity and compassion and pride with which we are able to operate is the greatest gift of all. We are able to provide our Holocaust survivors with sensitive, responsive, trauma-informed quality care in their most critical moments of need, something which enables them to feel loved, cared for and, most importantly, respected.

Before this grant, we could barely offer any support other than words of hope; now at this present time, we can actually offer tangible help in the precise moment of need in ways which are life affirming and enriching. Today, our clients know that we are there for them and that they do not need to worry or fear for tomorrow. Today, we are right there by their side giving them the help they need most. It’s more than money at this point – we have built a community through this grant and created family where, for some, there has never been before.

We are truly in awe of your generosity and have the most profound gratitude for what you have enabled our agency to do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

With deepest gratitude,

Rebekah Kanefsky, LPC, Director of Case Management
Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Lower Fairfield County

Dear Madame Pregulman,

It occurs to me that sometimes you must wonder about the who, the where, the how and the why. I will attempt to explain each one. First however, thank you for your support so graciously given and gratefully accepted.

I am Rachel. I was born in Krakow, Poland in 1930. Quite obviously, this was NOT my decision to make. Had it been, rest assured I would have chosen a different time and place. I know live in Pennsylvania, in what must be a corner of paradise. I have lived in many countries and cities, but it seems that the last part of my life will be spent in a serene, safe and beautiful area. Weather wise, it too is meaningful to someone who has frozen in climates that were not meant for people who were unclothed and starved.

I am an American citizen, and have spent fourty six years of my life in New York. In 1992 my husband and I emigrated to Canada for expedient reasons, where we also, became citizens. In 2013 we returned to the Unites States in order to be near our daughter and her family. Especially so, because my husband had never been well after the first heart attack and remained a cardiac patient.

I have never been well since the Holocaust. I do not remember a day in my life without enduring unbelievable pain. Usually resulting in a surgical procedure. My Medical C.V. reads like a book. Yes, the Holocaust has left me a something to remember. This, plus the scars on my body. Sometimes, when I awake in the morning, in pain, I wonder to myself whether this is the way for the Almighty, to remind me that I am survivor. I lived when Millions died. WHY? I do not accept “Bashert”. I would be happy not to have been accorded “KAVOD” but this too, once again, was not my choice.

Thank you, et al at “KAVOD” for the noble work you do.



Please know how much I appreciate KAVOD’s trust in me, as the care manager of the survivor clients. Because of KAVOD’s trust in the JFS staff, KAVOD does not requests multiple explanations and lots of paperwork before the survivor clients can receive financial assistance.

Collaborating with KAVOD is like a of breath of fresh air, making our work easier by spending less time on paperwork. The requests for assistance are quick timely processed to meet the needs of our survivor clients. We the staff have more time available to spend quality time with our survivor clients. It is a win win  situation for all.

Hi Amy,

I apologize for not keeping you posted on all the gratitude from our clients recently who have received gift cards through KAVOD. The two with the social security issues were overwhelmingly appreciative and really didn’t know how they were going to manage immediately. The one with the enormous dental bill was grateful beyond words. The one with the large prescription drug copays said she didn’t know how to express how grateful she is for your kindness. The one with the very large medical/hospital copays because they don’t have Medicare was moved to tears. I always include a KAVOD brochure whenever I deliver the cards so they may know more. You and KAVOD continue to make an enormous difference in Holocaust survivors lives .

Thank you so very much.

Kind regards,

R&N Rales JFS
Boca Raton, FL

I would like to thank KAVOD on behalf of my mother for the Target Gift Card.  We received it from Jewish Family Service and it is most appreciated.   The Jewish Family Service has been a Godsend for our family and without their guidance and support, I don’t know how we could have kept mother in familiar surroundings with caregivers that help take care of her.  KAVOD provides a Mitzvah for Survivors and for all your work  there is a special place in heaven for you all .

Houston, TX

Hello dear Amy and John!

Thank you very much for your dedication to Jewish history and real attempt to preserve at least in the pictures what is left from the generation of Russian Jewry! I admire your persistent and patience by taking so many pictures and all that with the friendly smile!  I like my picture! Considering – I’ll be 87 years” young”  at November 15 – not bad!!! Thanks for the generosity.

I survive Holocaust, but my Grandparents and all relative who left in Odessa – was killed by German. It was not simple to escape… My childhood ended at 1941 when the war start.  And the antisemitism after we came back to Odessa and Stalin was in fury by the fact that some Jew survive…

I’m telling you all that to prove the good job of yours to make me look as you did! Wish a lot of interesting meetings and success at every step of your Honorable deed!

Best wishes and great respect

Holocaust Survivor
THANK YOU… In this uncertain world with random violence seemingly becoming the norm, your kindness and generosity towards our local Holocaust survivors is overwhelming. I am fully aware of your deep understanding of how impacted they can be – and how disasters, both man-made and natural can shake their core. Your gesture helps them get through another day, knowing “KAVOD” still has meaning. Thank you and thanks to Alyssa, for our introduction to you and KAVOD.
Jenni Frumer, PhD, LCSW, MSEd, RG
Chief Executive Officer, Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Levine Jewish Residential & Family Service
Your generosity to our organization helped so many of our clients that experienced loss of food during Hurricane Irma. We are very appreciative for all that you have done. I am reaching out to you again, as we have finalized all of our inquiries and reached out to all of our clients at this point. If your agency is able to assist us with a few remaining clients, it would be greatly appreciated. We certainly will understand if the funds are needed elsewhere, as there have been so many critical situations in such a short span of time. We have benefitted greatly from your organization and we are forever grateful for what you have already done to assist us. We could use another $600 in Publix and another $200 in Walmart gift cards, if possible. Please accept our deepest, heartfelt appreciation.
Marlene Wain
Case Manager, Holocaust Survivor Program, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services