The plight of elderly Russian Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn nagged at Robert Ivker. He and some friends decided to do something about it.

by Walter Ruby
Special To The Jewish Week

The newspaper story gnawed at him.
How is it possible, Robert Ivker thought, that in a city as affluent as New York, Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union can live in such grinding poverty? This despite efforts by agencies like the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (JCH) to provide hot meals, transportation to doctors, and free English-language instruction.