When JF&CS President-elect David Schechter attended a Hakalah dinner a decade ago, he had no idea that JF&CS even had a Holocaust Services program, let alone that it had already existed for ten years. A JF&CS Board member since 2003, David listened attentively that evening to a story told by Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Berger. "His story inspired me to get involved," says David. Shortly afterwards, David made a substantial donation to JF&CS, specifying that the entire amount go to the Hakalah/Holocaust Services program. He still remains an active, supportive member of the Advisory Committee.
Schechter Holocaust Services (SHS), as it is known today, relies primarily on funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany as well as philanthropic sources like the Dorot Foundation to achieve its goals. SHS ensures that survivors of Nazi persecution can age with dignity, preserve their self-respect, and enjoy a sense of independence. The program provides comprehensive no-cost assistance to survivors, including emergency financial assistance, homecare subsidies, assistance with reparations and restitution of assets, and advocacy and help accessing community resources.