Adopt a Survivor

Survivor Adoption Introduction

Read to learn more about the Survivor Adoption Program and how you would fit in.  Find out if you are ready to be a new family to a Holocaust Survivor in Israel.  You can click and print:

1 – AHI Adopt Introduction Letter 7-15


Apply to Adopt a Survivor

Ready to adopt a Holocaust Survivor?  Your letters and care will change their lives- and yours too!  Fill out the one page application below and send to us.  Once we receive it we will send you a packet all about your Survivor.

1 – AHI Adopt Survivor Application 5-19

Instructions for using the PDF Application

  • Click on link and open the pdf
  • Click on third icon from left on top menu bar (picture of paper and pen)
  • To the right a large box will open
  • Click on “add text” within the box
  • Fill out the application
  • Save the PDF document
  • Attach to an email and send to:

If you cannot open it, please contact us and we will send it to you by post.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.  He sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:5 & 6

Fatherless indicates an orphan, someone without family.  This is what happened to many of the Survivors of WWII.  They saw their parents killed or lost their entire family to the Nazi war machine: Killing squads, ovens, hanging, mobile gas killing trucks, beatings…

But God “sets the lonely in families…” which indicates adoption for those who are now alone.  The Survivors became orphans, they are now widows and widowers, they are lonely…

But there is hope.  We offer an opportunity for the Survivors to once again have family, to no longer be an orphan.  We are asking YOU to adopt a Survivor.  Fill out the application right here and email it to us.  We will contact you with information on how to bless a Survivor with letters, prayers, small gifts and, if you can, a monthly donation of $18.

Your donation supplements a General Survivor and Emergency Fund to provide for communication, visitation and special needs for the Survivors. The number “18” represents “Life!” to the Jewish people.  They express their wish for “life!” when giving gifts to one another by giving in increments of 18.  Please be a part of bringing “Life!’ to our Holocaust Survivors.

To learn more about the Survivor Adoption program, read our Survivor Adoption Introduction letter and see if you are ready to make a difference in the life of an elderly and lonely Holocaust Survivor.

Once you have adopted a Survivor, you will receive an Introduction Packet about the Holocaust Survivor for you.  In there are your guidelines for how to write to a Survivor, an email just for Adopters to send letters or post address in Israel, and information important to help you build a relationship and “be family” to a precious Survivor.

We look forward to receiving your application!  You can email anytime or call 1-717-592-0859 for information.  Don’t delay… the Survivors need you now.

Rela and Nancy 2 (Small)

Nancy Kurtz, Adoption Program Director, with her Survivor Rela