The conflict in Ukraine is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. And 350,000 Ukrainian Jews have been caught in the crossfire. During times of calm in Ukraine, Federation partners help 70,000 impoverished children and elderly. Today, service providers are stretched beyond capacity as thousands more Ukrainian Jews have become dependent on aid from federation partners.
To date, Federations have raised nearly $5 million in emergency funds to help our partner agencies continue providing vital aid. Recently San Diego sent a $420,000 of hope. But urgent needs continue to grow. The Jewish Federations will not turn away.
We will make a difference.
What We're Doing
HELP BUILDING NEW HOMES
Masha Shumatskaya and her family embraced the revival of Jewish life in Donetsk after decades of Communist suppression. She attended Jewish school, learned Hebrew and thrived in a leadership program for young Jews. But amid ongoing conflict and chronic unemployment, she and her mother were forced to leave everything behind. Displaced and disoriented, they depended food packages and financial help for months to get back on their feet. Eventually, they were resettled in a new home safe from the fighting.
CARING FOR THOSE UNDER FIRE
When Sophia, a social welfare caretaker in Donetsk, was visiting a 97-year-old client one morning, a massive explosion shook the building. Sophia was shaken, but she quickly resumed her daily duties: bathing her client, cooking breakfast, and after making sure she was OK, going to her next appointment. “I understand I can be killed or injured, but I try not to think about it,” she says. “Caring for these people gives me strength and courage.”
SUPPORTING NEW BEGINNINGS
Artillery shells exploded at the Lugansk cemetery during the funeral for Konstantin Rybalko’s father. It wasn’t surprising. Constant fighting had brought life in the city to a standstill. It shut down Konstantin’s dental practice. Made it impossible to treat his father’s cancer. Amid the danger, the Rybalko family fled to Kiev, where they were connected to a program in Israel for immigrants in the health professions. Konstantin and the family are now reestablishing themselves in Kiryat Yam.