Ukraine has been wracked by conflict for months. The resulting economic and political instability have profoundly affected the country’s more than 350,000 Jews. For many, aid from Federation partners means the difference between life and death.
To date, Federations have allocated more than $5 million
through the Ukraine Assistance Fund to meet the immediate needs of Ukrainian Jews and facilitate aliyah for those who want to relocate.
During times of calm, our partners help 70,000 impoverished Jewish children and elderly meet their basic needs. But those needs have multiplied. Cities in eastern Ukraine have become combat zones. Jews in Donetsk, Lugansk and the surrounding areas have either fled the region or remain trapped, cut off from the rest of the country. For the first time since World War II, Jews in Europe are displaced.
- Tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews depend on our partners for food, medicine and care
- Synagogues, agencies and schools require immediate increased security
- The number of families considering aliyah has doubled to 6,000
- Young middle-class families need help making ends meet
This crisis speaks to the most fundamental reasons that Jewish Federations are so critical. We will not turn away. We are making a difference.
$150 sponsors one child, newly-arrived in Israel from Ethiopia, to enjoy summer camp in a Jewish Agency Absorption Center.
$328 will allow one child in a formerly-Soviet country to attend a four-day Jewish Agency day camp during a school vacation. For many children in the Former Soviet Union, Jewish Agency camps are their first or only source of Jewish education.
$400 will provide a new oleh (immigrant to Israel) from France with a one-way flight from Paris to Ben-Gurion Airport.
$560 sends one young adult leader to the Amitim Conference, the Jewish Agency’s biannual leadership development and networking event for the young, talented and motivated Jewish leaders in training who participate in our programs in Germany (the vast majority of whom are immigrants from Russian language countries or their children.)