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BBYO Supports Aid for Holocaust Survivors

September 13, 2011

At the 2011 AZA and BBG August Executives Conference, a motion was passed by the BBYO International Executives Body to support Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) regarding their recent collaborative bipartisan legislative bill, `Holocaust Survivors Assistance Act of 2011', to support aid for Holocaust survivors living in the United States.

With an estimated 127,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, three-quarters are over the age of 75 and more than 86,000 live alone. Many rely on local agencies to help them afford basic necessities such as food and health care. The proposed bill would add Holocaust survivors to a priority list for social services that are provided as part of the Older Americans Act, including nutrition services, mental health counseling, and home modifications.

The bill would also designate someone within the Administration on Aging to oversee the implementation of all the services to survivors to ensure the full intent of the bill is carried out. Because transportation is one of the greatest needs of these seniors, another integral part of the bill is a grant program that would improve transportation services.

Click here to find a copy of the letter authored by Nathan Weinbaum, Aleph Godol of Gold Coast Region, representing South Florida where Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz is from and Samantha Kopinsky represents Great Midwest Region, which is home to the largest density of Holocaust survivors living in the United States today.

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  • The election of the top ten teens who will serve at the helm of the 2011-2012 AZA & BBG International Boards.

Declare your support for the bill by participating in any of following:

  • Contact your local representative’s office and send a copy of the letter written by Nathan and Samantha explaining why it’s important to you – Find your representative here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
  • Talk to your Aleph’s and BBG’s that have been on March of the Living of this past summer’s Human Rights and Genocide Summit and plan a program together!
  • Create a program that includes talking to a Holocaust survivor about what Judaism means to you.

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