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Leading a Jewish Revolution in Cuba

The Cuban government may have tried to suppress religion, but they couldn’t suppress Monica del Pino’s Jewish soul. When the government eased religious restrictions in 1991, eight-year-old Monica jumped at the chance to enroll in Federation partner JDC’s newly-opened Sunday school. Si…

One Good Thing For Those Who Have Lost Everything

Anna Kushnir’s life has been nearly destroyed by the conflict in Ukraine. All the houses in her city of Slavyansk have been turned to ruins, replaced with flimsy bungalows. No one can step outside since the streets are lined with mines. The cost of living has skyrocketed to the point where…

Help for a Hero in Need

When he was 16, Gregory Margolin joined the Red Army as his family fled the Nazis. 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 Israel.

Since fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine in 2…

Healing Terrorized Families in Jerusalem

Candy in Jerusalem usually costs just a few shekels. But when Nadav was assailed by knife-wielding terrorists as he and his little brother left a Jerusalem sweet shop, it nearly cost him his life.

Terror isn’t one individual against another; the stabs into Nadav, just 13 years old, al…

A French Jew Finds a New Home in Israel

Thibault felt like an outcast in his native Paris. He grew up in an assimilated household and felt disconnected from the Jewish community. But his last name left him a target for anti-Semitism.

The terror attack on a kosher supermarket in January 2015 was the last straw for this grandson …