Organizations Helping Needy, Orphaned, and Abandoned Jewish Children

List updated July, 2006

Donating Online

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Action for Post-Soviet Jewry

Provides aid to Jewish communities in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Adopt a Bubbe (or Zayde) program in eastern Ukraine in 22 cities and as many small villages and towns to aid pensioners - the elderly and handicapped. Encourage Bar/Bat Mitzvah "twinning" program to link children in U.S. with their counterparts in Jewish Day Schools in Ukraine and Belarus.

Contacts: Sheila Galland and Judy Patkin

24 Crescent St., Suite 306
Waltham, MA 02453

Tel: (781) 893-2331

Fax: (781)647-9474



American Joint Distribution Committee (aka "The Joint" or the JDC)

Provides funds to organizations helping Jewish children. Has contacts in many cities in the former Soviet Union.

Contact: Scott Richman

711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Tel: (212) 687-6200



Anita Center "Big Family"

Orphanage for Jewish children in Moscow, Russia.

Contact: Svetlana Muterperel

bld. 1-1a, 23/29 Lyalin per. Moscow 103062, Russia

Tel/Fax: 7 (095) 916-34-63


Click here to see listing on the WJR Website.

Bat Zion

Provides homes and schooling in Israel for over 100 orphaned Jewish girls from the former Soviet Union. (Affiliated with Letzion Berina home for boys.)

Contact: Toby Kaufman

Bat Zion
Rechov Yermiyahu 3
Jerusalem, Israel P.O.B.: 57070

Tel: 011-972-2-5007800

Fax: 011-972-2-5387080


Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal

The BACJRR's Yad l'Yad program is a grass-roots partnership between a San Francisco Bay Area synagogue or other Jewish group and a Jewish community in the FSU.

Contact: Rose Glickman

459 Fulton Street, Ste. 305
San Francisco, California 94102

Tel: (415) 703-0800



Camp Ramah Yachad (Ukraine)

The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies operates Jewish summer camp near Kiev, Ukraine for 185 campers per year and seeking to expand to serve entire Jewish families as well as children. Over the past eleven summers, 1.200 children have attended Camp Ramah Yachad – 800 of whom have subsequently moved to Israel..The Schechter Institute, affiliated with Conservative (Masorti) movement, is a tax exempt 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization.

Contact: Ms. Raquel Flatow, National Executive Director Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
475 Riverside Dr, Suite 244
New York, NY 10115-02

Tel: (212)- 870-3178

Fax: 212-870-3176



Midreshet Yerushalayim is an independent Amuta (non-profit organization) recognized in Israel. Grants and donations for Camp Ramah-Yachad in Israel may be sent to: Midreshet Yerushalayim, 4 Avraham Granot St. P.O.B. 16080, Jerusalem, 91160, Israel Att: Mr. Eitan Cooper, Director of Development.

Inquiries in Israel may be addressed to the Institute by
phone (02) 679-0755,
Fax (02) 679-0840,

Caring Homes for Orphan Children

Adoption agency that places Jewish and non-Jewish orphans in Jewish homes.

Contact: Arnie Gotfryd, Ph.D. Program Director

Caring Homes for Orphan Children a registered business name of Tzivos Hashem Canada, Inc. a licenced adoption agency 3727 Chesswood Drive
Toronto, ON, M3J 2P6

Tel: (416) 630-2472

Fax: (416) 630-3712


Chabad's Children of Chernobyl

Since August 1990, Chabad's Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) has evacuated over 2,000 children from the Chernobyl region in Ukraine and Belarus. Once in Israel, the children receive housing, clothing, education, and medical diagnosis and treatment. CCOC also sends medical equipment, medical supplies and clothing to the Chernobyl region and has rehabilitated orphanages in the affected areas.

675 Third Avenue, Suite 3210
New York, NY 10017

Tel: 1-888-SOS-KIDS (767-5437) }



Cradle of Hope

Adoption agency; places Jewish orphans with Jewish families.

Contact: Linda Perilstein

Cradle of Hope Adoption Center 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tel: (301) 587-4400

Fax: (301) 588-3091




EMUNAH maintains four residential children's homes and villages in Israel for children removed from parental custody. Branches in Israel, Canada, the UK, and the US.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS

The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS The Federation operates an expanding network of children's homes in the former Soviet Union for both orphans and those from broken families. Contact: Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, Executive director
5A 2nd Vysheslavtzev Pereulok
Moscow, Russia, 127055

Tel: 7-095-783-8472

Fax: 7-095-783-8471


List of contacts for individual orphanages

Donations accepted online

Florida Action for Jews in the former Soviet Union

Florida Action sends money and material assistance to orphanages in the Vinnitsa, Ukraine area.

Contact: Sandy Cantor, Chairman

10691 North Kendall Drive Suite 309
Miami, FL 33176

Tel: 305-279-1435
Fax: 305-279-1921


General Israel Orphans Home for Girls

Provides homes for hundreds of orphaned girls in Jerusalem.

General Israel Orphans Home for Girls
132 Nassau Street Suite 725
New York, NY 10038

TOLL FREE: 1-888-203-7222

Tel: 212-267-7222
Fax: 212-385-3441


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Global Jewish Assistance and Relief Network

Distributes food and other aid to needy communities; establishing medical center in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Contact: Rabbi Eliezar Avtzon

666 Fifth Avenue, Suite 246
New York, NY 10103

Tel: (212) 868-3636

Fax: (212) 868-7878


Jewish Children's Adoption Network

The Jewish Children's Adoption Network is the only Jewish adoption exchange in the Western hemisphere. (Not an adoption agency.) Helps find homes for about 100 Jewish children every year.

Jewish Children's Adoption Network
P.O. Box 147016
Denver CO 80214-7016

Tel: 303-573-8113



Hillel - Yom Yeladim Project

Sponsors and provides seed funding for college-student-initiated projects serving needy children in conjunction with annual "Yom Yeladim" (Children's Day).

Contact: Michelle Lackie



Kids for Kids

Provides support for children orphaned by terrorism.

16/4 Tiferet Israel St.
Old City Jerusalem,
ISRAEL 97500

Tel: 972-2-628-1798 or 972-2-628-1987

Fax: 972-2-628-5536

New York line rings in Jerusalem Office: 212-655-9282



American Friends of KIDS FOR KIDS

7750 S. W. 115th Street
Miami, Fla, 33156 USA

Telephone in Miami: 305-238-5600
Fax: 305-255-8077

Tax exempt number#582644930

Donate online

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Kiev Program for Jewish Children

Day program providing food, education and medical care for Jewish children in state orphanages. Opportunities are needed for children to attend Jewish summer camps outside of Ukraine.

Contact: Anya Logvinsky

Kiev Great Synagogue
13 Shota Rustaveli Street
Kiev, 01023, Ukraine

Fax: (380-44) 246-6065


Web: (Russian/English)

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

FJC/Jewish Community of Kiev

130 East 59 Street
New York, New York 10022

Letzion Berina

Provides homes and education in Israel for over 140 orphaned boys age 12 years and older from the former Soviet Union. (Affiliated with Bat Zion home for girls.)

Contact: Avraham Shor


Orach Chaim Children's Homes

Provides homes for 100 children and schooling for 500 needy Jewish children in Kiev, Ukraine. Program is run by Rabbi Yaakov Bleich, the American-born Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine.

Contact: Inna Ioffe

Orach Chaim Institutions
29 Shekavitskaya Street
Kiev, 04071 Ukraine

Tel: (380-44) 463-7085, 4347098, 434-5181, 411-5275

Fax: 418-2334, 463-7088


Web: (English/Russian)

Donations can be sent in the USA to:

American Friends of Kiev Jewish Community
1846-50th Street
Brooklyn , NY 11204

Tel: 718-436-3290

Donations should be marked for the Orach Chaim Homes in Kiev.

Orr Shalom: Homes for At-Risk Children in Israel

Orr Shalom's Children's Homes is a not-for-profit organization providing residential and therapeutic care to over 1,050 severely abused and neglected children, in a warm, loving family atmosphere. (Hebrew and English)

The American Friends of Orr Shalom

Passin Waxman Center

Orphanage for Jewish children in Moscow, Russia.

Contact: Svetlana Muterperel

Passin-Waxman Center
bld. 1-1a, 23/29 Lyalin per.
Moscow 103062, Russia

Tel/Fax: 7 (095) 916-34-63


Donations may be sent via: Phoenix Charitable Foundation Attn: Lisa Mattson 730 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor New York, NY 10019

The checks should be made out to Phoenix Charitable Foundation with a note that the donation is for the Passin Waxman Center. Alternatively, wires may be sent to the following account: JPMorgan Chase Bank ABA: 021000021 SWIFT: CHASUS33 Phoenix Charitable Foundation account: 739-030-124 reference: Passin Waxman Center (If donations are made by wire, it would be helpful for the donor to E-mail the Foundation first and reference “Russian Orphanage.”)

Tel: (212)247-6400

Fax: (212) 977-8112


Raz-Ram Foundation

The Raz-Ram Foundation is a unique artistic organization whose aims are to encourage, develop, and promote values in the fields of culture, art, and heritage throughout the population of Israel, and especially amongst orphaned children and youth. The Foundation runs projects that entail creativity and tutoring, as well as activities aimed at conciliation and "joining hearts" across Jewish, Arab, Druse, and Beduin sectors through the medium of art.

Ram-Raz Foundation 3 Birenbaum Street Tel Aviv, 62302 ISRAEL

Tel: 972-3-546-7246

Fax: 972-3-546-7246


Web: (English/Hebrew)

Stars of David

Stars of David is a non-profit organization providing a compassionate network of support, adoption information, and education to prospective parents, adoptive families, adult adoptees, birth families, and the Jewish community.

Tikvah Children's Home

Provides homes for 100+ Jewish orphans and runs day school for 600 Jewish children in Odessa, Ukraine.

Contact: Rabbi Baksht

Tel: 00 380 482 234 717

Fax: 00 380 482 496 439

E-mail: or


US Contact: Sara Elishis

The Ohr Dessa Project Tikva Children's Home 260 West 36th Street 10th Floor NY, NY 10018

Tel: 212.967.9904

Fax: 212.868.5168

Donate Online

Acceptions donations of gifts in kind (clothing, etc.); please E-mail for needs

Tzivos Hashem Orphanages

Provides two homes for 100 Jewish children in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Also runs children's medical center, food pantry, support for homeless children and other programs. "Wheels for life" bus goes out two times a week to feed homeless children. It has on board social workers and child psychologists to counsel the children for drug and alcohol abuse and help get them off the streets.

Contact: Rabbi Yossi Glick

Tel/Fax: 38 0562 340039

E-mail: or

Donations can be sent in the USA to:

Tzivos Hashem 332 Kingston Ave, 792 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Tel: (718) 467-6630


Donations should be marked for the "Orphanages Ukraine"


Union of Councils for Soviet Jewry

Advocacy group; also provides vitamins to Jewish children in the former Soviet Union. Pairs synagogues and Jewish schools in the United States with Jewish communities throughout the former Soviet Union.

1819 H Street, NW Suite 230
Washington DC 20006

Tel: (202) 775 9770 x13



United Jewish Israel Appeal Victim Support Fund

Provides grants to young people orphaned through terror attacks. (Fund administered by the Jewish Agency for Israel.)

Balfour House
741 High Road, Finchley, N12 0BQ ENGLAND

(Charity Reg. No. 1060078)

Tel: 020 8369 5000



Donate online

Women's Campaign for Jews of the FSU

Provides support for orphans in Ukraine.

Contacts: Rita Eker and Margaret Rigal

Carradine House
237 Regents Park Road
London N3 3LF England

Tel: 020-8343 4156

Fax: 020-8343-2119

World Jewish Relief

Supports five Jewish orphanages (including several of those listed here), schools, and other programs for Jewish children. For a list of programs, click here.

WJR The Forum
74/80 Camden St. London NW1 0EG ENGLAND

Tel: 020-7691-1775



Online donations accepted. Donors may sponsor a child in an orphanage for 600 British pounds per year.