Founded in 1992 by Rabbi Eliezer Avtzon and a dedicated group of individuals, GJARN is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), tax exempt charitable organization originally created to provide emergency relief to the collapsed Jewish communities of the Former Soviet Union. While it continues to provide vital services there, the bulk of its programs and energies today are in providing for the material welfare of needy Jews in Israel, primarily "the working poor", through its programs of The FOOD CARD and Prescriptions for Life. GJARN also runs urgently needed programs in New York.
GJARN supporters are people from all walks of life who share GJARN’s commitment and dedication to relieving the pain and suffering of people around the world, most especially those in remote areas where aid is scarce or often non-existent.
GJARN’s programs provide immediate relief with food, clothing and pharmaceuticals; improve primary medical care and health conditions; and promote the development of civil society.
GJARN’s working philosophy rests on the fundamental principles of:
- Helping people directly.
- Developing a grassroots infrastructure.
- Creating long-term solutions that enable people and communities to become self-sufficient.
- We address the needs of those who are the least served.
- We reach people even in the most remote places where transportation is difficult.
- We care for people who have no families nearby for support.
- We focus on people who live under the poverty level of their country.