Café Europa

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Café Europa


Need: The 22,000 Holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem represent one of the most vulnerable populations in the city, facing psychological, physical and financial challenges that require immediate and substantive solutions.

Response: The Café Europa network offers social and support opportunities for the city’s Holocaust survivors. Each café serves as:

  • A meeting place where survivors can enjoy a social and cultural experience
  • A resource center where trained professionals assist survivors in accessing and maximizing the rights and services to which the city's general elderly sector, and the survivor population in particular, are entitled.
  • A mobile “Café on Wheels” for homebound survivors provides computers, a library and visits by trained multi-lingual volunteers

Population Served: Over 300 men and women attend Café Europa each week, with the program’s five branches dispersed among the city’s quadrants to enable easy accessibility for each area’s target population:

  • The Rehavia branch serves the southern part of the city
  • The Pisgat Ze'ev branch in northern Jerusalem, also known as "Café Moscow," caters mostly to the Russian-immigrant population
  • The Beit Hakerem café services the western part of the city
  • The branches in the Geulah and Sanhedriya neighborhoods host the men and women, respectively, among the Haredi survivor community

Another 80-100 survivors benefit weekly from the Homebound Services program.

Impact: “Café Europa is where I can socialize, hear a concert, or just read and relax, in the one place where I feel surrounded by those who truly understand me.” (a participant)

Partners: Israeli Ministry for Welfare and Social Services; Jerusalem Municipality elderly welfare department; Misgav Lakashish; local community centers; JDC.  

Funding Needed:300,000 NIS per branch