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News from the 19th Floor – At the JFR – January 2018

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News from the 19th Floor

Some of the thank you cards we have received from the rescuers this season.
Current number of rescuers supported in each country as of January 1, 2018.

JFR Rescuer Support Program

The JFR Board of Trustees at its last meeting voted to increase monthly award levels for all rescuers. We estimate that we will expend more than $1.1 million in direct support of Righteous Gentiles during 2018. As the rescuers age, their needs become more acute. The JFR is working hard to meet these needs. Click here for more information on the Rescuer Support Program.

As we welcome a new year, we thought it appropriate to take some time to provide information on how our rescuer support program works. Many of our donors have asked when and how we send our funds to rescuers.

Sending Rescuer Awards

  • Rescuers living outside the United States receive their awards every four months – March, June, and November.
  • Rescuers living in the United States receive their awards quarterly – January, April, July, and October.

How are Funds Sent

  • Rescuers living in the United States and Canada receive a bank check.
  • Rescuers living in Poland receive a wire transfer into their bank account.
  • Rescuers living in all other countries receive their funds via Western Union.

How do we know rescuers are alive?

  • Annually, every rescuer must provide a notarized document stating that they are alive.
  • Annually, every rescuer must provide a copy of their pension statement for May or June.
  • Rescuers living in Poland and Ukraine, the two countries with the largest number of supported rescuers, must also provide a copy of their pension statement for December or January.

If you would like more information on the rescuer support program, please email us at [email protected].


Our 2018 Advanced Seminar will be held January 13-15, 2018, at the Hilton Newark Airport. We have 25 Alfred Lerner Fellows participating in the program. The scholars for the seminar are: Volker Berghahn of Columbia University, Christopher Browning of University of North Carolina, Atina Grossmann of Cooper Union, and Peter Hayes of Northwestern University.

We just received notification that the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (the Claims Conference) has awarded the JFR a grant that will partially support the 2018 Advanced Seminar. The JFR so appreciates and values the support of the Claims Conference.

2017 Advanced Seminar Participants
Noah Goldstein, who participated in the JFR Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, with Harvey Schulweis, JFR Board Cairman.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

The JFR offers young people who are about to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah the opportunity to twin with a rescuer. The JFR Bar/Bat Mitzvah program matches a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a rescuer, enabling the participant to learn about that individual and the incredible acts he or she did to save Jews during the Holocaust. The program is a powerful way to teach our young people about the importance of tzedakah, tikkun olam, and hakarat hatov. JFR staff will work with each family to provide information about individual rescuers that resonate to the family and their child. The suggested minimum gift to the JFR for participating in the program is $180. Click here for more information.


If you change names, home address, telephone numbers, emails – please do let us know so we can keep your record current.

As we start a new year, we wish everyone only good things!

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