Poverty continues to be a serious and widespread problem in Israel. Recent reports show that more than 1.6 million Israelis live under the poverty line. The Fellowship's Guardians of Israel program provides lifesaving assistance to Israel's needy in the form of food, clothing, shelter, medical and emergency care, and other essentials.
In the former Soviet Union, our Isaiah 58 outreach supports elderly Jews and orphaned and abandoned children by funding a network of soup kitchens, children's support programs, in-home food and medical services, and much more. As social service agencies in this part of the world continue to experience a shortfall in funds – and as reports of anti-Semitic incidents and violence continue to rise – this assistance is more important than ever.