Met Council held its Spring 2014 Conference on Caring for Holocaust Survivors, focused on restitution and compensation for Holocaust survivors in partnership with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). Met Council’s quarterly conferences offer a continuing forum to educate and discuss best practices.
According to UJA-Federation of New York, there are 73,000 Holocaust survivors in the New York metropolitan area, with 51 percent living at or below the poverty level. Jewish organizations work every day to explore all available resources to ensure that most vulnerable in our community are well cared for, and the goal of the forum is to help case workers navigate these resources and advocate for their clients.
“As one of the leading social service providers in the Jewish community across our City, it is the responsibility of Met Council — and all of our coalition partners — to care for Holocaust survivors,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “Mindful that the frail and elderly poor are one of our regions fastest growing client populations who often fall through the cracks of government programs, we work hard to meet the need for services that address the distinct challenges of Holocaust survivors.”
In 2013, Met Council spent more than $650,000 providing services to approximately 2,000 Holocaust survivors. Met Council’s comprehensive, five-borough, community-based anti-poverty service network provides Holocaust survivors with easy access to address their needs. Met Council and our local JCC network provide high quality services that are delivered in a native language and culturally competent atmosphere of respect and empathy.