By: David Holzel, Senior Writer
A fund to serve Holocaust survivors in Greater Washington has collected less than half the amount that fundraisers say is the minimum needed to care for this elderly and increasingly fragile population. Launched last June by the Jewish Social Service Agency, which provides services for Holocaust survivors, and administered by the United Jewish Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the fund amounts to a fix for a systemic budget shortfall.
At the time, JSSA said it needed $5 million in the fund and planned to raise it within a year. To date, $2.3 million has been pledged, according to the agency.