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Rita Trachenberg, the leader of the Vinnitsa Jewish Agency, Igor, our driver, and I (Koen Carlier) drove to Gaisin on Friday November 6, 2015. Gaisin is a little town about 90 kilometers from Vinnitsa. Before the Revolution of 1917 Gaisin was a Jewish town, a shtetl with a forty-five to fifty percent Jewish population. By the end of 1945 there were about 2,000 Jews in Gaisin, in 1990 there were only 200 left.
Today the Jewish community in Gaisin is small: the total population is 26,000 and only 100 of them are Jewish, including their family members. The purpose of our visit to Gaisin was to meet the Jewish community and their leader Boris, to hand out food parcels and to let Rita - as leader of the Vinnitsa Jewish Agency - share the information about Aliyah. There were twenty-two people in the room. Most of them were older people, but everybody listened very carefully and asked many questions afterwards.
Rita encouraged them to share this information with their children and grandchildren and in case somebody should become interested to get in touch with her for more details. After that we unloaded the food parcels and handed them out to those who were present in the information meeting. The attendant people were very thankful for the food parcels they received and to those who took part in packing these food parcels, they wished good health, happiness and God's protection!
Aliyah fieldworker - Christians for Israel
Providing transportation to the Israeli Embassy and airports.
More and more people want to prepare their documents in order to be ready to leave Ukraine and go to Israel. Because of the long distances that people have to travel to reach the embassy in their district, Christians for Israel facilitates their transportation by our own transport or renting small and big busses to drive groups from that area to the Israeli embassy and airports in their region. The average cost for one person is € 135 / US $ 150. One food parcel costs € 10,- or US $ 12,-
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Rita Trachenberg explaining about Aliyah
Handing out food parcels