Sharing our work with the next generation

Apr 20, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12th Jewish Family Services’ staff members Garett Ray and Meri King visited the cast of New Albany High School’s Letters to Sala, a play about a young girl who survives the holocaust.

Ray and King provided education on the services we offer for local Holocaust survivors. Students also heard from Debbi Sugarman, a second generation Holocaust survivor, who spoke about her father’s experiences in Auschwitz.

Jewish Family Services’ goal is to provide a measure of justice for Jewish Holocaust Survivors, enabling them to live independently and with dignity for their remaining years. We strive to provide them with the best possible care, including case management and socialization activities.

Local Survivors, of which there are currently 196, range in age from 78 to 99 years old. 152 are living below 200% of poverty and 75% were born in the Former Soviet Union.

Holocaust Survivors’ ability to safely live in independent settings is extremely important. It reduces trauma and increases quality of life. Thanks to the Claims Conference and Jewish Columbus’ Holocaust Survivor Initiative, local Holocaust Survivors are able receive the homecare, emergency financial assistance and food relief.

Letters to Sala runs from April 21 to April 30. Tickets can be purchased here.