Unrest in Ukraine: A Jewish Federation Update
Ukraine has been wracked by conflict for more than a year, and the resulting economic and political instability have profoundly affected the country’s more than 350,000 Jews. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in eastern Ukraine—the first time Jews in Europe have been displaced since World War II. Others remain trapped in the battle-torn region. And throughout the country, security concerns have Jews and Jewish institutions on high alert.
With a tenuous truce in place there has been some relief for the Jewish community and Ukraine overall. But all continue to brace for what could be a new surge in the fighting.
For decades, Ukrainian Jews have depended on the support of North American Jewry, particularly Jewish Federation and its partner agencies. This crisis is no different.
To date, Federations have raised and allocated more than $2.5 million through the Ukraine Assistance Fund to meet the immediate needs of Ukrainian Jews and facilitate aliyah for those who want to relocate. That aid has meant the difference between life and death for nearly 100,000 Jews throughout the country.
This desperate situation speaks to the most fundamental reasons why Federations are so critical. We have not turned away. We are on the ground, and we are making a difference. Here’s how:
For more on how we're helping, please listen to the JFNA/JCPA teleconference with Mark Levin of NCSEJ, Bilana Sahar of The Jewish Agency for Israel and Shira Genish of JDC.
Federation is committed to working with our partners at home and abroad—American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Jewish Agency for Israel, World ORT and Israel Trauma Coalition—throughout this crisis. We are continuing to collect donations through our Ukraine mailbox. Donate now.
For information about emerging needs and funding opportunities within the Ukrainian Jewish community, please contact Rebecca Caspi.
The Scattering of Ukraine's Jews (The Atlantic, 9/21/14)
Fearing Rebels, Donetsk’s Jews Flee Mariupol (JPost, 9/10/14)
Jewish Communities Decimated in Eastern Ukraine (Times of Israel, 9/4/14)
Ukraine Teens Spend Summer in Israel(JPost, 8/16/14)
What’s Next for Ukraine’s Jews? (The Algemeiner, 8/13/14)
Ukrainian Jews Fleeing Fighting Head for Israel (Tablet, 8/8/14)
Frightened Ukrainian Jews Flee to Makeshift Refugee Camp (Times of Israel, 8/7/14)
150 Jews Who Fled Ukraine Fighting Expected in Israel (JTA, 8/7/14)
First Jewish Refugee Camp Opens in Ukraine; Many Still Trapped in East(eJewishPhilanthropy, 7/31/14)
Jewish Mother and Daughter Killed in Ukraine Shelling (JTA, 7/20/14)
Jewish Voices from the Frontlines of Donetsk (Tablet, 6/19/14)
Ukraine's Jews welcome election results(Haaretz, 5/27/2014)
Lag b'Omer in Odessa (Forward, 5/18/2014)
Odessa Jews lay low (Forward, 5/12/2014)
Kharkiv Jews remain calm (Forward, 5/8/2014)
Odessa Jews have no plans to leave(JTA, 5/7/2014)
Jewish mayor of Kharkiv shot (Tablet, 4/29/2014)
Images above are courtesy of JDC.