STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Actor Elliot Gould stopped by the KCAL9 studios Tuesday to talk about the Survivor Mitzvah Project and their upcoming event.
The Survivor Mitzvah Project is a humanitarian effort dedicated to helping elderly, impoverished and forgotten Holocaust Survivors, dedicated to providing direct financial aid to those elderly survivors scattered throughout Eastern Europe who are sick, isolated and receive no financial aid from any other agency. Their families and communities destroyed by the Nazis, they struggle to survive in their few remaining years, lacking the means to buy even the most basic of human necessities: food, medicine, heat and shelter. Most live alone in horrific conditions. Our project, by bringing help quickly and directly to these survivors, helps ensure that they may live out their last years with some measure of comfort, support, and dignity.
The Survivor Mitzvah Project is the only organization in the world providing direct and continuous aid to these people, sill suffering over 70 years after the start of the war. It started with just 8 survivors and is now helping over 1500 people in 7 countries (Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, Ukraine and parts of Russia).
The survivor Mitzvah Project is an entirely grassroots effort with people from all walks of life joining together to write a more hopeful final chapter to the Holocaust, one of friendship, love and kindness.
The event “The Stars Come Out to Help Survivors” is on Sunday evening, April 22nd at at 7:30PM. It is a meaningful and entertaining night of music and theatre starring Hollywood and Broadway’s most respected performers, Ed Asner, Frances Fisher, Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Brenda Russell & more, with a special appearance by David Siegel Consul General of Israel.
Tickets are available at www.survivormitzvah.org and 800-905-6160.