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Alma is 93. She moved from the Ukraine to Israel 18 years ago with her daughter, Sonya, 60, but neither speaks Hebrew well. Although they live in great need and have no outside support, relying solely on social security payments, they are not in regular contact with social services because...

Total Cost - $464
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Einav is struggling to raise her three children on her own. Now divorced, she suffered years of abuse and humiliation from her former husband, violence that the children saw and which still impacts them. Social services has helped them learn to handle difficult social situations and not to respond with...

Total Cost - $875
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Irina, 24, moved to Israel with her parents when she was 16. A year later, she moved out of their home and has lived on her own since then. She is no longer in contact with her parents. Irina has supported herself with various jobs over the years but because...

Total Cost - $1167
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Although both parents work almost full time, the Goodmans’s total income is very low. Meir is a kashrut supervisor at a bakery, while his wife, Leah, spends nine hours a day as a nursery school aid. They have four children, with a fifth on the way. The family is Haredi, but...

Total Cost - $1225
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Everyone loves Ziv. He has a good sense of humor and is social and friendly. He is motivated to learn and develop and he takes his job, working in the town park, very seriously. Ziv, 24, spends his free hours participating in programs for those with special needs. This framework...

Total Cost - $1528
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Dafna’s husband has abused her physically, emotionally, and verbally from the first day they were wed. After a year, she left him and they are in the process of a painful and slow divorce. Dafna, 37, is now trying to rehabilitate her life and raise her baby daughter as best...

Total Cost - $671
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A few years ago, Avi and Sarah had to give up their apartment because they could no longer pay the mortgage. They lost almost everything in the ensuing bankruptcy. After years of illness, Avi, 73, is completely handicapped; he has not been able to work for more than a decade....

Total Cost - $382
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Rebecca did not really mourn after the premature death of her son several years ago; she thought that she was handling the blow well and moved on with her life. But the recent deaths of her parents in addition to that unexamined trauma sent Rebecca into a depression that cost...

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Six years ago, a fall in a bus left Adi badly injured and traumatized. Since then she has been confined to a wheelchair and cannot tend to even her basic needs. Despite her limitations, Adi does her best to take care of her children (ages 13 and 9), to stay...

Total Cost - $1167
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Doron is almost 80. In Russia, he held a position as an academic; now in Israel for 25 years, he is retired. Doron and his wife rely entirely on their old age pension, and have no family support. He has a list of medical problems but insists that he is...

Total Cost - $1084
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Rachel, 40, is a single mother to two young kids. Her daughter, Kayla, 7, has ADD, learning delays, difficulty articulating, anxiety attacks, and low self-esteem. Her 10-year old son, Dov is autistic, and has recently returned to his special education school after several months in a psychiatric hospital. Rachel has...

Total Cost - $751
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Benny has been living on his own since he was 14. Now 21, his relationship with his parents is unstable at best. Benny has gotten used to supporting himself. He pays his rent and other needs from his salary as a factory worker. But Benny dreams of doing better for...

Total Cost - $1313
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Shira, 45, has finally found a job that will meet her needs. It is important to her to work and support herself. she has done so for many years and does not like to ask for help. She needed a position that she could do from home, in order to...

Total Cost - $1021
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Ivan, 80, worked as an engineer in his native Ukraine, then moved to Israel almost 20 years ago. He lives in a rented apartment with his wife, 75. Ivan receives certain benefits as a Holocaust survivor and has some income through Israeli social security and pension services. However, all of...

Total Cost - $1088
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Dina works full time in a store and spends her small salary as carefully as she can. But it is insufficient to cover the needs of her five children. Dina and her husband divorced a year ago. He has no job so does not contribute to the welfare of his...

Total Cost - $726
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As a child, Natan, now 17.5, struggled to find himself. The oldest of seven children, he grew withdrawn and had trouble focusing on his studies, even though he loved learning. With support and treatment, Natan has learned to control his emotions and behavior and to accept authority. He is doing...

Total Cost - $1528
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Maya, 41, is motivated and resolute in her desire to start life in Israel anew. She moved here from Morocco when she was 19, but when she returned after two years to visit her parents, she met her husband and married him. He came back to Israel with her and...

Total Cost - $1021
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Ever since his son, Amir, now nine, developed meningitis seven years ago, Sammy has been plagued with anxiety attacks severe enough to keep him from holding a job. His wife, Iman, is a cleaner, but her earnings do not cover the needs of a family with four young children. She...

Total Cost - $963
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Faina, 65, lives alone and always has. Objects that she has collected over the years surround her, but they are mostly broken and worthless. Plagued with health problems – including high blood pressure, unstable diabetes, and chronic depression – Faina cannot work or keep the apartment clean. She does not...

Total Cost - $496
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Ruchama worked at a hospital for many years and had a steady income. However, her husband has ALS and of late, his deterioration has been rapid. He can no longer be left alone in the house because he has lost all ability to care for himself. Ruchama has had to...

Total Cost - $750
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Rina has had one dream since childhood – to study Eastern-style dancing, to teach it, and to perform it in order to make others happy. Nothing brings a smile to her face or lifts here spirits the way dancing does. Life took Rina in other directions, however. She married young,...

Total Cost - $1021
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Bruria, 86, is a widow with six grown children. She moved to Israel from Morocco 35 years ago. Although she worked for years, her salary was low, so she was unable to save much.Now she relies on her pension and social security funds, but these are not sufficient to cover...

Total Cost - $260
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Eliya has seven children ranging from age three to age 15. They have seen a lot of violence in their young lives, most of it from their father, directed at their mother. About a year ago, they divorced, after her repeated attempts to live safely with him failed. Most of...

Total Cost - $376
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Ben, 21, is focused, diligent, and thoughtful. He has been working to support himself since he was 13, and, when he can, contributes to the household needs of is parents and five brothers (ages 11 – 17). The results of recent vocational testing suggested that he turn his talents to...

Total Cost - $1480
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Tikva’s social worker describes her as a “true fighter” . Tikva, who came on aliya from Ethiopia with her family in 2005, lives on her own as her mother cannot work because of cancer and her father’s factory salary is not enough to support Tikva and her two young sisters....

Total Cost - $368
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Although it will add yet another expense to their lives, Ilanit was determined to move her small family from her mother’s crowded home into their own apartment. Ilanit is a devoted mother who works three different cleaning jobs in order to support her three children. Beyond paying for food, housing,...

Total Cost - $406
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Because Liat is married, she is not eligible for certain kinds of government support. This does not reflect the actual situation, in which her husband, Meir, spends his days hanging out with lowlifes and using drugs. After years of drug abuse and periods of incarceration, he seems incapable of sustained,...

Total Cost - $729
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After suffering through an abusive marriage and a contentious divorce, Danya is raising her sons, ages seven and nine, on her own. Traumatized by the situation, the boys developed emotional issues (as did Danya) and demand a lot of her attention, making it difficult for her to work. Danya also...

Total Cost - $583
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After the birth of her sixth child, four months ago, Carmella, 39, sank into such serious post-partum depression that she had to be hospitalized. This threw her family into crisis. The new baby daughter and her older sister went to live with an aunt, but Carmella’s husband, Caleb, 46, has...

Total Cost - $764
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Both Abe and Batya suffer from emotional issues that require on-going medical supervision. Nonetheless, Abe holds a full-time job in a factory and does his best to be a good father to the four children from his first marriage and the two from his second. Batya is at home with...

Total Cost - $347
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Two years ago, a fire broke out in Rosa’s apartment. Rosa was able to escape, with severely burned hands and lung damage from smoke inhalation. She was hospitalized and then in rehabilitation until very recently. Rosa saved her infant daughter, but her mother died as a result of the fire....

Total Cost - $264
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Recently, nine-year old Gaby’s behavior has changed. Always quiet and reserved, she ripped the pages out of a book and sometimes lies on her classroom floor without a word or movement. When her team lost a game, she blamed herself to an extent that was out of scale. Gaby’s concerned...

Total Cost - $292
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Lilach (8) is prone to angry outbursts. She has trouble regulating her emotions. Lilach has been working on these issues with a social worker and a psychologist, but everyone has the sense that there is a deeper source of the trouble. Discovering this would allow the people around Lilach (including...

Total Cost - $758
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Batsheva, 59, and her husband separated because of his violence – physical, verbal, and emotional – towards her. They are in the process of getting a divorce but for many years he has refused to give her a “get” (Jewish bill of divorce), making it impossible for Batsheva to move...

Total Cost - $728
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Tikva made aliya from Ethiopia with her parents as a little girl. Now an adult with seven children, Tikva studied to be a personal coach, hoping to stay out of poverty while helping her clients improve their lives. But she had to stop working with the birth of her youngest...

Total Cost - $1458
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Until she was diagnosed with cancer, Betty, worked at a daycare center. Her small salary and her husband’s disability stipend were the family’s sole income. They lived in a tiny apartment with their two children, ages seven and one. Due to Betty’s current situation, she and her children moved to...

Total Cost - $1021
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Social workers describe both 10-year old David, and 7-year old Elena as charming children, pleasant and motivated to succeed in school. But their academic difficulties hold both children back. They struggle to read, to understand what they have read, and to do math. Testing shows that David also has ADD....

Total Cost - $438
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Although Sarah’s parents abandoned her when she was young, they re-entered her life when she was 16 and, despite her resistance, forced her to marry. Her husband was violent toward her, a problem that only got worse after the family moved to Israel from Ethiopia in 1991. At first, Sarah’s...

Total Cost - $758
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When her husband was sentenced to 12 years in jail, the burden of running the household and caring for their three children fell on Edna’s shoulders. She is doing the very best she can under difficult circumstances. The government does pay her a stipend so that the family can subsist,...

Total Cost - $376
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Although Orna has seven children, from three relationships, her mothering skills are poor, so most of them were removed from her care. However, she has a strong relationship with her youngest daughter, now 13, and one of the older boys has come to live with her as well. Orna lives...

Total Cost - $406
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Until he started therapy, Ari’s autism led him to do things like emptying full bottles of shampoo down the drain and clogging the toilet so that it flooded the house. Therapy and the medications have helped Ari, 18, to refrain from such destructive behaviors. However, Ari’s parents are running out...

Total Cost - $1528
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Neither Pnina nor Ron is able to work. She is trying to recover from an operation after a slipped disc; he has medical problems as well. Their oldest daughter lives and works in Tel Aviv, but their other four children are at home. Their oldest son works, while the 12th,...

Total Cost - $435
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Nurit’s parents objected to Ofer when she started dating him at age 18, but nine years later, they are still together. They now have five children. Ofer, 35, has a criminal background but is trying to do better. He works full time as the manager of a warehouse. Despite the...

Total Cost - $750
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Tests have recently shown a decrease in Eitan’s hearing. He sees both an ENT and a speech therapist regularly, but he needs hearing aides. The problem is not new for the family – Eitan’s three-year old brother already has them. Caring for both boys, their four siblings, and their father...

Total Cost - $1603
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Several years ago, a street lamp fell on Doron’s back during a car accident. Since then, he has needed intensive medical care and has been unable to work.His wife, Esther, is at home with their nine children, one of whom is handicapped and needs full-time care. Esther herself suffers from...

Total Cost - $933
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Alma, 38, trained as an early education teacher. She had to stop working to deal with her painful and prolonged divorce, but now she has started again. At the moment, she is a substitute kindergarten teacher, but she is hoping to find a full-time job in the new school year....

Total Cost - $598
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Amit recently received custody of his three young children, after it was determined that their mother was endangering their lives. Amit takes care of them with empathy and love. It is clear that he always puts their needs ahead of his own. The children all suffer from emotional problems as...

Total Cost - $1094
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Hillel, 58, is suffering from a terrible illness. The rare affliction has left him with difficulties eating and with a dependence on an oxygen tank. This and difficulty climbing the stairs have made leaving the house almost impossible. In addition, his kidneys are failing from diabetes; when he does go...

Total Cost - $672
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It is clear to everyone that their four children are the light of Olga and Pavel’s life. The parents do all they can to make sure that their four children will have a good education and strong values. However, the family is in desperate financial straits. Pavel has his own...

Total Cost - $1574
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Malka has suffered from a degenerative joint disease since childhood. Now she is not only confined to a wheelchair but cannot do anything for herself. Her husband is her main caretaker, feeding her, showering her, dressing her, etc. He also is in charge of their three children, ages eight, five,...

Total Cost - $336
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Raina made aliya from Venezuela seven years ago. A translator by profession, she speaks several languages, although not much Hebrew; here she took a job as a cleaner. In order to care for her husband, Raina stopped working when he was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. The...

Total Cost - $1529
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It is clear to his parents and his teachers that Danny, 8, is struggling in school. His reading and math skills are a year behind where they should be. He gives up on tasks easily, leaves the room without permission, and bothers his classmates by yelling in their ears, making...

Total Cost - $875
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Gila, 53, has five daughters and little money. Health issues keep her from holding a job, and her disability allowance is so low that she often has trouble paying rent and other expenses. All of the girls, ages 16 – 24, live at home with her. Her oldest is herself...

Total Cost - $406
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Yulia has a borderline personality disorder and has not, in the past, managed well by herself. She and her four young children live with her mother, who helps her to raise them. The home is crowded and Yulia feels that the situation limits her ability to build a real bond...

Total Cost - $963
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Boris needs hydrotherapy. It is the best cure for his ailments, which range from broken bones after a fall, to osteoporosis, blood clots, hypertension, and a tumor. Boris is a widower whose children don’t live in Israel; he is in touch with them and they have a good relationship, but...

Total Cost - $1528
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Arik was shocked when, at age 58, he lost his job as facility manager of a town school because of downsizing. He negotiated to keep his job or receive another in the town, but was unsuccessful. Suddenly at home, he became depressed and angry. Arik’s wife, Dina, has never been...

Total Cost - $436
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Talia and Uriel have seven children ranging from 6 to 13, all of whom have special needs of various kinds. Both parents work as cleaners in town schools and their social worker attests that they work very hard at their jobs. Uriel was in a truck accident several years ago...

Total Cost - $725
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Zohara’s husband left her after their now three year old was born. She became pregnant again during a recent failed attempt at reconciliation, and is now raising a young son and an infant on her own. Their father pays no child support. Zohara, 41, works full time as a nursery...

Total Cost - $347
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Liora and Avi are a young couple with two small children. They have no external support (her parents do not live in Israel, while his father died of cancer and his mother has schizophrenia) as they try to make a stable life for themselves. Avi works in security but is...

Total Cost - $1020
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Avital and her husband have five children under the age of five (including eight-month old twins). He is looking for a job but, in the meantime, Avital is the family’s sole breadwinner, working as a bookkeeper for a car rental company. Avital is there full time, despite the children’s demands,...

Total Cost - $1400
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Lisa’s eyesight has been declining for years; she is now almost completely blind. In the past, she worked as a cleaner and at other temporary jobs, but these are now impossible for her. She is looking for a position that she can fill despite her vision problems. In the meantime,...

Total Cost - $992
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Ilanit, 15, is in 9th grade. She comes on time to school, is prepared, and is highly motivated to excel in her studies. A laptop – so necessary in middle school these days – would help her achieve her goals. Ilanit lives with her mother; her parents divorced when she...

Total Cost - $1021
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Itay, two, was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. He requires intensive, round-the-clock support, which has kept his mother, the family’s sole wage earner, from returning to work. His father too is often absent from his studies because of Itay’s medical needs. With two other...

Total Cost - $758
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Both Inez and her husband are retraining – he as a computer technician, she as a massage therapist – after making aliya several years ago. In the meantime, she takes care of their four children, while he tries to make a living as a cleaner, working as many hours as...

Total Cost - $790
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Vered, 50, lives with her 18-year old daughter and 14-year old son in a small apartment. She is estranged from their father, who is not in contact with them and does not pay any child support. Vered relies on a government stipend that barely covers her rent; food, school expenses,...

Total Cost - $347
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Ehud, 46, has weekend custody of his young children. To this end, he tries to make his one-room apartment welcoming for them. This is difficult because his only income is his government disability stipend (his sleepwalking was serious enough to cause his discharge from the Army; a car accident damaged...

Total Cost - $581
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When Sarah, 71, had to have her right leg amputated, she taught herself a new way to go down the stairs. She has managed her disability well, getting around by wheelchair and participating regularly in social and golden age programs. But nothing could have prepared Sarah for her newest problem...

Total Cost - $1604
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Both Zoe and Asher come from troubled families and were deemed “at risk” as youths. They married young and soon started a family. Asher has been unable to hold a job, but Zoe works as a cashier. Her salary does not cover the family’s expenses (rent, food, water and electricity,...

Total Cost - $406
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