Holocaust Survivor Services

Surrounding our community with care

Our Holocaust Survivors

JFCS is the only agency in Oregon whose Holocaust Survivor Case Managers are trained to specifically provide dedicated services for Holocaust survivors. Through home-care, case management, conversations and community building, JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Services program is dedicated to helping Survivors thrive with the utmost degree of dignity. We seek solutions to challenges that crop up and provide resources that connect, comfort and strengthen our Survivors’ lives, and during the pandemic is no exception.

The greater Portland area is home to more than 100 identified Holocaust Survivors, the youngest of whom is 79! We partner with organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and Kavod Shef to provide invaluable resources and support for greater Portland’s Survivors.

We provide:

  • In-home assistance that includes housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation and transportation to appointments and some errands.
  • Case management and care coordination to address immediate and long-term needs. Bilingual Case Managers are available for our Russian-speaking clients.
  • Specialized services for Holocaust survivors, including assistance with reparations and compensation.
  • Café Europa gatherings that offer social, educational and recreational activities to connect with others who share aspects of the wartime and post-war experiences. Films, concerts, lectures and live presentations are all part of Café Europa. The program fosters community participation while enhancing quality of life. 
  • Emergency assistance with expenses related to health and ongoing independence. This includes durable medical equipment and therapies not covered by insurance, utilities, food, clothing, medications and more.

For COVID-19-related information, please click here.

For more information, contact Kim VanKoten, Holocaust Survivor Services manager, at 503-226-7079, ext. 129 or at KimVanKoten@jfcs-portland.org


Izrail Dehktar and his story from Ken Klein on Vimeo

Holocaust Survivor Services

“My wife is a survivor who’s getting a lot of help from JFCS: a cleaning lady comes once a week, and we get our windows and carpets cleaned. You do such a great job, and we appreciate everything that JFCS does for us.”

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