• In honor
• In memory
• Bequest/Planned Giving
• Matching grants
Donations can be made online at www.bluecardfund.org,
American Express MembersGive, AmazonSmile,
eBay Giving Works or by mailing a check to:
The Blue Card, Inc.
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10016
• At The Blue Card office
• Visit a Holocaust survivor at
home or in the hospital
• Support the B’nai Mitzvah
Simcha project
• Deliver holiday food
Gia Machlin
Michael D. Lissner
Orit Hodarkovsky
Elie Rubinstein
Harriet Abramson
Frank Harris
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David Wrobel
Arie Hochberg
Patricia Lenkov
Rabbi Aaron Goldscheider
Rabbi Steven Kushner
Erika Teutsch
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Mark Bilski
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Louis Berkowitz
Sharon Cohen
Ronald Elton
Peter Friedmann
Peggy Heine
Elinor Heller
Susan Jacobson
Benjamin Jaffe
Helen Kober
Lini Lipton
Zeva Oelbaum
Heidi Rieger
Elizabeth Shamir
Eve Stieglitz
Caron Trakman
Betti Weimersheimer
Berthold Bilski
Seth Glickenhaus
Charles Grodin
Max Liebmann
Eric Mayer
Doris Schechter
Margit Ulrich
Albert Wojnilower
Masha Pearl
The Blue Card, Inc.
The Blue Card, Inc.
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10016
[email protected]
171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10016
[email protected]
Meet Emily K.
The Blue Card’s 2013 Grants at a Glance
one of The Blue Card’s clients
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1. Monthly Stipend
2. Dental Care
3. Telephone Emergency Response
4. Emergency Cash Assistance
5. Jewish Holiday Grant
6. Birthday Program
9. Fighting Cancer Together Program
10. Summer Vacation
11. Vitamin Program
Total Grants:
Emergency Cash Assistance Program: provides for survivors’ most immediate
needs by helping with the cost of medicine, rent, food and other essentials.
The Holocaust Survivor Emergency Cash Assistance Program is partially
funded by the Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Dental Program: named after Curt C. and Else Silberman, provides
much-needed funding for dental care, especially crucial at the time of
federal budget cuts.
Stipend Program: supports the most poverty stricken survivors with monthly
Jewish Holiday Program: provides $200 for the High Holidays, $200 for
Hanukkah and $200 for Passover, giving survivors the financial means to enjoy
a happier holiday season.
The Summer Vacation Program: named after Adolph and Lotte Rosenberg,
offers an expense-paid summer vacation program to needy survivors in the
New York area. Survivors are provided with handicapped accessible
accommodations, transportation, scheduled meals, and a well-planned
itinerary for a break from city life, making the program structured, safe, and
The Emergency Response Program: named after Jakob Mogilnik, provides the
alert system to Holocaust survivors who do not have the financial resources to
pay for installation, service, and maintenance. The system is programmed to be
in the survivor’s native language e.g. Yiddish, German, Russian, Hungarian, etc.
In case of an emergency such as a fall, a simple press of a neck or wrist button
activates an automated speakerphone. The operator answers in the survivor’s
native language and immediately dispatches required assistance.
Mazel Tov Birthday Program: provides survivors with a check and a card on
their birthday.
After the war, she tried to pick up the pieces and worked as an editor of school
textbooks in Ukraine. However, in 1980, she decided that moving to a new country might help the healing process and so, she came to the United States at age
64, with little knowledge of English. New to the country and not speaking the
language, Emily supported herself by babysitting and rebuilt her life making a
second home on the Upper West side of Manhattan, where she found a community of friends and neighbors.
As with most people, aging has unfortunately given rise to many medical
problems including cancer, depression, a hip replacement, severe dental
problems and a condition leading to the need for a pacemaker. The Blue Card has
helped Emily with all of these challenges by way of payment of medical expenses,
dental work and medication, as well as offering much needed emotional support.
8. Bring A Smile
The Blue Card’s Clients Across the United States
Within two weeks of the escape, Emily sadly learned that more than 11,000
Jews from Khmilnyk were shot and killed. She lived in a labor camp for the last
two years of the war.
One of the things that sustained her during the desperate times of persecution
and still does so today, is her love of music and practicing the mandolin. Like
many Holocaust survivors, she fled her homeland as an accomplished artist and
still plays and performs today, so many years later.
7. Homecare
Emily was born in the small town of Khmilnyk in western Ukraine in January of
1917. Khmilnyk was captured by the Germans in 1941. She was only 24 years old
in the winter of 1942 when the Nazis and Ukrainian police came for her family. Her
handicapped brother along with their parents were shot in front of her when the
SS entered their home. Along with many others from her village, she was marched
to a death camp in the forest at the edge of town. Unsure of her ethnicity, the
Germans briefly allowed Emily and her young son to leave, but quickly after the
release, a local officer recognized them. As that officer searched for them, Emily
got on her hands and knees so she could crawl through the forest. Carrying her
son under the back of her shirt, she somehow managed to get away.
Description of The Blue Card’s Programs
Vitamins Program: provides Holocaust survivors with multivitamins, minerals,
supplements, protein drinks (diabetic and non-diabetic).
Bring-a-Smile Program: named after Sonia and Max Lonstein, offers special
support for terminally ill Holocaust survivors. The program provides resources
for survivors to realize a final experience or wish.
Charitable Standing
The “Fighting Cancer Together” Program: named after Siggi B. Wilzig, assists
Holocaust survivors suffering from cancer with medical copays,
transportation, nutrition and support group services.
The Blue Card-Lissner Hospital Visitation Program: offers volunteer visits to
hospitalized Holocaust survivors who need guidance and emotional support.
The Nutritional Guidance Program: named after Rita Berkowitz, provides
monthly food stipends and nutritional supplements. It also educates
participants on proper nutrition.
2015 Team Blue Card Bike Tour Application
To qualify for Team Blue Card, please fill out and return the application at your earliest
Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance.
First Name
Last Name
Shirt Size
Emergency Contact
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Please list names of endurance events you have participated in and their locations:
Do you have a personal connection to the Holocaust?
Please indicate how much you are committing to raise ___________________________
How do you plan to raise the funds? __________________________________________
How did you hear about The Blue Card?
Newspaper ______________TV_______________Social Media____________________
Family ______________Friends_____________ Co-workers_______________________
Other ___________________________________________________________________
As per the organizers of Bike New York, the fundraising minimum is $750 per entry. If
you wish to remit your participation fee by credit card, please fill out the information
Credit Card: Amex_______Visa_______MasterCard_______Discover________________
Card Number___________________________ CSC (Security) Number_______________
Expiration: Month_______ Year__________
Billing Address:___________________________________________________________
Card Holder’s Signature___________________________
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Medical Waiver
You understand that participating in the 2015 Bike New York bicycle tour as a member
of team of The Blue Card, including pre-event training and related event activities
(collectively referred to as the “Event”) is a potentially hazardous activity. You agree not
to participate unless you are medically able and properly trained. You are voluntarily
entering and assume all risks associated with participating in the Event, including, but
not limited to, falls, spills, contact with vehicles, other participants, spectators or others
in the area, effects of weather, including cold or extreme heat and/or humidity, traffic
and the conditions of the roads, all risks being known and appreciated by you. You grant
the Medical Director of the Event and his designee access to your medical records and
physicians, as well as other information, relating to medical care that may be
administered to you as a result of your participation in the Event.
Having read this Waiver and knowing these facts, you, for yourself, and anyone entitled
to act on your behalf, waive and release The Blue Card, the Bike New York organizers,
the City of New York and its agencies, all Sponsors of the Event and of the Team, and
each of the respective representatives and successors, officers, directors, members,
agents and employees of the foregoing, from all present and future claims and liabilities
of any kind, known or unknown, arising out of your participation as a member of Team
The Blue Card, even though that liability may arise out of ordinary negligence or fault
on the part of persons named in this Waiver.
Media Release
You grant permission to the organizers of this Event and to The Blue Card, its agents,
contractors or representatives, to use, or authorize others to use, any photographs,
motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of your participation in this Event and
as a member of Team Blue Card for any legitimate purposes without remuneration.
Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected], faxed to
212-594-6881 or mailed to 171 Madison Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10016.
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