Helping the survivors
by: Dina Kraft, JTA

Gita Koifman’s phone rings every day with tales of hardship large and small from needy Holocaust survivors.

One day it is the man who did not have money to pay for the pills he was prescribed after heart surgery. During last summer’s war with Hezbollah it was repeated pleas from an elderly couple who live in a fifth-floor walk-up and could not make it to the bomb shelter.

More recently it was a tearful call from a woman who could not even afford to buy a nice dress for her granddaughter’s bat mitzvah.