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The Story of Homecare

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth…” (Jeremiah 31:8a)

Sometimes a story begins even before its beginning. This is the story of Homecare. After the Six-Day War in June 1967, Soviet Jews were stirred to return to their roots and immigrate to Israel. There were no direct flights and many obstacles were imposed by Soviet authorities. Miraculously, ICEJ became part of the story of this modern-day exodus when God provided pathways to Israel through our international branches.

Then in 1996, in response to a wave of about 5,000 olim coming into Israel every month, the ICEJ took over an initiative started by Dutch nurses who recognised the great needs of these new immigrants. This basic home nursing program for Russian Jewish immigrants initially became part of ICEJ’s Soviet Jewry Department. “Homecare” has since come to the aid of scores of people who have made Aliyah but struggled with serious health challenges. Many are elderly, sick and often traumatised by the darkness of the Second World War.

God says in Jeremiah 32:41: “Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.” Homecare reflects this verse and the Father’s heart for His beloved people.

Aliyah is a beautiful fulfilment of God's purpose. Jews come to Israel full of hope, yet because of difficult circumstances, discouragement can overwhelm them. Homecare steps in when nobody else is there to help, and has been a channel of comfort and hope for over thirty years.

For many, the visits from Homecare are a highlight of their week. Eyes light up when a Homecare worker comes in, and joy and compassion enter their rooms and hearts.

Please join us in making an impact on elderly Russian Jews today. When you send your generous gift to ICEJ Homecare, you make a difference one life at a time!


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