Rosh Hashanah Appeal

“It’s not easy being old and lonely. I usually just sit here.”

Unable to move around unaided, and with no lift in her building, 95 year old Ida has become a virtual prisoner in her tiny studio flat in Lviv, Ukraine. Ida dedicated her life to her career as a children's ophthalmologist but now lives in isolation with no computer, internet or smartphone to connect her to the outside world. 

World Jewish Relief won't let Ida suffer alone.  We send Lila, a trained companionship carer, to look after her and help alleviate her loneliness.

Lila, and our team of companionship carers, make weekly or fortnightly visits to isolated older people like Ida who have no one else in their lives. Each visit is tailored to the person’s individual needs and interests and designed to draw the person out of themselves. 

Ida says 'Lila is my connection to the outside – my reason to smile. Now I don’t feel lonely anymore.”

Will you help us ensure Ida, and hundreds of other lonely older people, have companionship care this Rosh Hashanah?

  • £28.50 can help give a lonely older Jewish person companionship care for three weeks.
  • £57 can provide older Jewish people with vital care and company every week for 6 weeks.
  • £456 can help our companionship carers transform the health and wellbeing of a lonely older Jewish person for one whole year.