Community Support

Holocaust Survivors

The Holocaust Survivors Program at Jewish Family Services focuses on helping survivors remain in their own home or apartment, and out of institutional care, for as long as possible.   Other ways in which we support Holocaust survivors are:

  • Counseling
  • Emergency assistance with unexpected expenses
  • Ongoing assistance with the cost of home care
  • Assistance with applications for reparations and compensation programs sponsored by Germany and other formerly Nazi-occupied nations
  • Use of the JFS Anja Rosenberg kosher food pantry

Services are provided in conjunction with the Jewish Family Services Older Adult Program, the Care at Home Program, and Geriatric Care Management.  JFS coordinates and integrates all of the programs that serve survivors to best meet their needs. 

Some services are need-based and available at no charge to survivors who qualify. Other services are available to any survivor at no charge. Some clinical services may be billable to Medicare and other insurance.

Significant funding for this program is provided by The Claims Conference, the single largest organization in the world working to secure compensation, restitution and assistance for survivors of the Holocaust or the heirs of victims.  Donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations also help us support survivors.

For further information about the Holocaust Survivor Program, survivors and their families should email Joan Margolis, State Coordinator for Programs for Holocaust Survivors, or call her at 860-236-1927, extension 7094. To provide financial or in-kind support, please email Kim Margolis or call her at 860-236-1927, extension 7091.  To volunteer with survivors, please email Sherry Waitsman or call her at 860-236-1927, extension 7080.


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Social Services for Jewish Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (The Claims Conference) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. The Emergency Assistance Program for Nazi Victims has also been supported by funds from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (The Claims Conference) at the direction of the United States District Court supervising the lawsuit In Re: Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation (Swiss Banks), and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Holocaust Survivor Emergency Assistance Fund (Weinberg Fund).