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 Sima. Borsuk at 503-226-7079, ext. 115 or at sborsuk@jfcs-portland.org

Meet Our HSS Team


Sima BorsukSima Borsuk

Program Manager

Sima manages the Holocaust Survivor Services program and is involved in the detailed rules and regulations of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), ensuring HSS receives grants to carry out services and that its regular audits always are conducted and completed.


Alla PiatskiAlla Piatski

Bilingual Case Manager

Alla runs HSS’ emergency aid program, sponsored by the Claims Conference and other sources. She also checks in with every client at least once a week; provides clients’ needs assessments; translates documents to and from Russian and English; and connects Survivor clients to services outside JFCS’ scope.


Marina MilmanMarina Milman

Bilingual Scheduling Coordinator and Associate Case Manager

Marina is a paperwork maven, scheduling for HSS’ HAs and vendors that provide homecare, personal care and weekly meal delivery (including special foods for Jewish holidays). She also takes care of payroll and data entry, as well as arranges for Homemaker Assistants’ training sessions.


Helen Pevzner

Bilingual Case Manager

On May 19, 2022, Jewish Family & Child Service honored holocaust survivors Eva and Les (z”l) Aigner at our annual fundraiser, Sips & Sweets, for all they have done for our community. Watch and hear their story below.

Feb 2022 Newsletter

Read our Feb 2022 News
focused on JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Services program.

Click here for a Plain Text Version of the newsletter

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.”