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News from the 19th Floor – At the JFR – December 2022

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Ramute R. from Lithuania with her daughter
Ramute R. from Lithuania
Béla A. from Hungary
Margita L. from Slovakia
Laszlone S. from Hungary


The JFR sent each JFR-supported rescuer a special award of $3,000 for the Christmas holiday. This is the largest, individual Christmas holiday award the JFR has sent to rescuers. The JFR sent more than $350,000 in Christmas awards to rescuers this year. Our JFR Christmas gifts are used by the rescuers for food, home heating fuel, and medicine. Funds were sent the first week of December. We want to thank you for your generous support of the work of the JFR and for helping to make the lives of the rescuers so much better and brighter!

Upon receiving notification of the award, we received the following email from the family of Ramute R., a Righteous Gentile from Lithuania:

Dear Mrs. Stanlee Stahl,

Ramute and all her family are so grateful for you help and support. Ramute feels quite well, although illnesses attack and health is not very good. But she is always in a good mood and enjoys life and fun. Thank you very much.

Best wishes from Lithuania,
Ramute R. and family

Béla A., a rescuer from Hungary, wrote:

Dear Stanlee,

I thank you very much.

Please find enclosed a fresh picture of me. Today I managed to pick-up your gift. Hereby I would like thank you for this, it is really appreciated. Wishing you a very nice holidays and a Happy New Year!

Warm regards,

The niece of rescuer Margita L. from slovakia wrote:

Dear Ms. Stanlee,
Thank you very much for your help, the gift arrived in good order, Margita will need it in this situation. Thank you very much and greetings to all donors. May God continue to bless you in everything! Our lives are in his hands, be healthy.

Best regards,

The son of resceuer Laszlone S., who is better known as Aunt Katy, wrote:

Dear Stanlee,
Please be informed that Mom has received the gift you sent her.

The target of this aim is:
– to by new medical aids, w&w/o wheels
– to create some financial reserve to balance the expected high price of energy & foods in our country
– the same to cover medical care

Meanwhile I send you the photo of Mom has been taken this morning.

Thank you again, Stanlee!

Best personal wishes from Mom & me

JFR Meets Emergency Needs of Rescuers

In addition to special awards for Christmas, the JFR also meets emergency needs of the rescuers.  In November, the JFR provided funds to Volodimir Chornovol for the purchase of a wheelchair.

We received the following email from Volodimir’s children:

We received the wheelchair yesterday. Father and our family are so very grateful to you.

Once again, thank you very much!

Natalia and Victor

Click here to read Volodimir’s story.

Volodimir Chornovol with his new wheelchair


The JFR sends its award by Western Union to all rescuers, except those living in United States and Poland.  The rescuer in the U.S. receives a bank check and rescuers in Poland, have their awards deposited directly into their bank account.

The JFR has worked with Western Union for more than 28 years. They have been a wonderful partner and we are so appreciative of their help and support. We thank Western Union for their assistance in helping the JFR send its funds safely and efficiently to the rescuers.


This year, GivingTuesday was November 29th. To those who participated – thank you! As we wrote above, special awards were sent to each rescuer for the 2022 Christmas holiday.


For a donation of $18.00 or more, you can send the JFR Hanukkah eCard to 15 email recipients.  A JFR eCard is a great way to send Hanukkah wishes to friends and family while at the same time supporting the work of the JFR.


We hope you have been checking out our featured educators from across the country.  Last year, the JFR began featuring Alfred Lerner Fellows in a new series called “Fellows in Focus.”  The first and third Wednesday of the month we highlight an outstanding educator!  Please check out the JFR’s Facebook page to learn about terrific teachers.

Teachers who attend the JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows.

In December we are featuring:

Marissa Crimoli from Shrewsbury, NJ – December 7, 2022
Libby Buchanan from Zanesville, OH – December 23, 2022

Click here to see November’s Fellows in Focus.

Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, and Patricia Skelton

Thank You!

As we end 2022, we would like to acknowledge and thank the people we have worked with over the years.

BorsaWallace – Frank Borsa and Jeff Wallace – our graphic design team

Prospect Direct – Jill Cohen – our direct mail consultant

Steinreich Communications Group – Stan, Ariella, and Joshua Steinreich and Sarah Wilbur – our public relations team

Suits & Sandals – Nick Dank and Miles Roxas – our website team


As you do your holiday shopping, if you place orders through Amazon, please consider ordering through AmazonSmile and indicate the JFR as your charity. The JFR receives a small portion of the proceeds from every sale made through AmazonSmile when you specify the JFR as your charity.


The JFR is pleased to be part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) this year.  The CFC is the Federal government’s workplace charity campaign and covers all civilian, postal, and military employees. The CFC’s campaign season is September 1st through January 15, 2023. If you know of someone who works for the Federal government, the U.S. military, or the U.S. Postal Service, please ask them to consider selecting the JFR as a recipient of their gift. The JFR’s CFC number 10744.

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