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A Family Displaced in Their Own Home Town

Weeks after the first attacks on their building, Sima and her family have returned to Gori, but they continue to be displaced. Their home is nothing but a burnt-out shell and Sima’s husband can no longer work. As the family tries to move beyond the trauma that has interrupted their lives,…

Sharing the Story

As I left Georgia for North America to tell the story of what I saw, a phrase kept running through my mind, "Securing our Jewish Future".  This is the pillar of the Jewish Agency's work. I thought about what it really meant, because I think that when we have the freedom to be Jewish, it bec…

Looking Toward the Future

On Friday evening I went to the synagogue in Tbilisi. It was a beautiful synagogue with intricate designs and stained-glass windows. During my time in Gori I saw the ruins of war, the hopelessness on people's faces and the fear of an unknown future.
When I stepped inside the synagogue, fill…

Georgian Refugees: Living in Fear and in Limbo

Sent by JDC's Steve Schwager on Sept. 4, 2008

Savoring the last moments of summer on Labor Day and watching school busses line the streets during this week, I could not help but think of the thousands of uprooted Georgian children who will not return to their schools this year, the families …

A Promise Made and Kept

August 29, 2008

Contributed by Idan Peysahovich, JAFI

Before I left Israel, I met Eter Shukashvili at the absorption center in Ashdod. She had made aliyah during the war in Georgia; I promised Eter that I would try to contact her mother when I went to her homeland. I was determined to find he…

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