Help a Jew – Help the Holy Land is run by a group of legal professionals who specialize in the laws of Israeli repatriation. Anatoly Gakenberg and Eli Gervits have helped hundreds of former Soviet Jews exercise their legal and God-given rights to return home to Israel.
We have seen the system fail many Post-Soviet Jews and shatter their dreams of making repatriation. We started Help a Jew – Help the Holy Land to join forces and advance the coming of our shared destiny of the ingathering of the exiles and the end of injustice.
Our programs aim to help individuals on a case-by-case basis and ultimately, bring lasting change to the system.
“The Jewish people came out of the Holocaust proclaiming, “Never again! Never again! We are going to have our own land and our own state, and we are going to govern ourselves!”
Founding Member, President
Anatoly Gakenberg was born in Russia. He graduated from Yaroslavl State University with LLB in 1996 and repatriated to Israel in the same year.
Three years later, he became a licensed Israeli attorney and started a law firm. Since he spoke Russian, the majority of Anatoly's clients were Russian Jews, recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
In 2006, Anatoly started his second law degree at the University of Kansas School of Law. After graduating with a JD degree he was offered a senior position with major US law firm in Moscow where he dealt with multi-million dollar acquisitions.
A few years after he realized that his true calling wasn't in corporate law, but in helping real people fight for justice.
Anatoly moved to London in 2010 where he focused on assisting Russian high net worth individuals to relocate to the UK.
Throughout his legal career, Anatoly always stayed attuned to the needs of Russian Jews fighting for their way out of Russia to Israel and represented dozens of such clients.
Anatoly established this charity so that he could make lasting change in clearing the hurdles that Russian Jews face on their way to come home to Israel like he once had, himself.
Anatoly is married and has a son, David, named after King David. He's a licensed attorney in Russia, Israel, Massachusetts, and England and Wales.
Founding Member, Executive Director
Eli Gervits is the President of an Israeli Russian speaking law office. He earned his Master's degree in Commercial Law from Tel Aviv University, with honors, and served as a legal officer in the IDF. He has been practicing law since 1995.
Eli specializes in obtaining Israeli citizenship, representing foreign companies in Israel, as well as corporate and contract law, investment, and high tech.
He is the author of a Hebrew-Russian-Hebrew legal dictionary with a foreword by the President of the Supreme Court of Israel, and holds an award from the Foundation for the Encouragement of Scientists and Writers under the Office of the President of Israel.
He has been an expert and legal commentator on Russian, Israeli and international television and radio and authors columns in two major Russian magazines.
Eli is also a Master of Sports in chess.
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