Some 200 elderly citizens and Holocaust survivors whose hostel was damaged by the fire in Haifa received a monetary grant from the Jewish Agency to help them with their immediate needs.
Concurrently, 450 families around the country whose homes were badly damaged in the fires have received a Jewish Agency stipend of $1000 per family to help them with initial arrangements following their loss.
The JA assistance is made possible by special donations from the Jewish Federation of North America, Keren Hayesod and other donors.
The Jewish Agency will continue to assist the families whose homes were damaged and will locate those who are eligible for assistance through the local authorities, in coordination with the national emergency authority.
The 200 elderly people lived in a hostel on Oran Street in Haifa, whose infrastructure was damaged, rendering it uninhabitable. The residents were placed in nursing homes or with families in the city. Dozens are also staying at the Jewish Agency absorption center in Kiryat Yam.
The Jewish Agency’s director for assistance in Haifa, Asia Chayerski, said: “Most of the residents of the hostel are immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and many of them are Holocaust survivors. The monetary aid and warm encouragement from world Jewry has an emotional and symbolic significance for them.”