I am writing to you about the difficult plight of dear friends of mine—heroes of shemiras hamitzvos who have endured tremendous challenges and difficulties, and have persevered nonetheless.
Avi and Ahavah each found their way to Torah observance through a heroic search of courage, and they married in Virginia a number of years ago. I have followed their journey, which has been fraught with difficulty and tremendous nisyonos; and yet, they have held on tight to their emunah and their yiddishkeit.
On a number of occasions, they have been fired from their jobs for no other reason than that they keep Shabbos and Yom Tov. They have moved around from place to place—as their young family was growing—and have been afflicted with health and financial challenges throughout this time.
Their children have suffered to, to succeed in their yeshivos; and this is where I have come face to face with their undying commitment to do everything possible for the growth of their children.
After all of this, the husband has finally landed a job as a mashgiach at the David Elliot meat processing plant, near Scranton, where the family has settled. Besides for finally having a job, that employer and employee are pleased, they also settled in other areas. In Scranton, their children have been able to catch up academically, and are on par with their peers. They also have a community and a shul where they feel very accepted and comfortable. After so many years of hardship and wandering, life seems normal and good.
This is the problem: They were told that their home was being put up for sale in one month, (June 23rd ) after which time they would need to vacate the home (please see the family’s personal letter in the attached document).
Dear friends, there is only so much that we can allow this family to suffer! They now have a one time opportunity to purchase this modest home, for $65,000. This would mean that this family which has endured so much can now begin to stabilize and look toward a brighter future. After all of their wanderings, after all of their suffering, after working so hard to support themselves honestly and finding the proper placement to educate their children—the Scranton community can now be a home to this heroic family. More displacement and humiliation would surely set them back. If they cannot gather the funds to purchase this home, they will once again find themselves on the street, and the family will endure further pain and displacement.
We must strengthen this family in their time of need.
Will you rise to this call to help this special family?
Rabbi Mordechai Dov Fine is the family’s Rav in Scranton, and he can be called with any questions.