Jews in Ukraine: Federation Provides Urgent Support
March 10, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has created a donation page to support the JFNA and our international partner agencies in their response to the situation in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Jewish population, estimated at around 300,000, is one of the largest in the world. The area is already home to some of the world’s poorest Jews, and the currency devaluation and increasing economic uncertainty are affecting the entire community, including working-class, and even middle-class, families. The impact on the weakest members of society, including thousands of elderly Jews surviving on already meager pensions, is devastating. As a result, the needs across the Jewish community are growing significantly.
“Our responsibility as Jews is to take care of those who are vulnerable and in need,” says Scott Kaufman, Federation CEO. “and it is clear that the current situation in the Ukraine threatens a significant number of our fellow Jews. As always, Federation has responded to this need with action and support.”
Here’s what our partner agencies are doing:
- JDC has activated its emergency response network to ensure continued home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel, and sustained life-saving care at home for the elderly. It has increased security at select Jewish communal institutions and Hesed social welfare centers. With the threat of war looming in Crimea, JDC has also activated special emergency plans for the region’s estimated 17,000 Jews. For updates, please visit JDC’s Ukraine dashboard and field blog.
- The Jewish Agency has tapped its Emergency Assistance Fund, started in 2012, to bolster security at Ukraine’s many Jewish institutions, including synagogues, yeshivas and community centers. For more on the Jewish Agency’s actions, please see this update and the Jewish Agency’s website.
- World ORT has launched a campaign to raise $200,000 to fund increased security at four of its schools in Ukraine. Each school has several hundred students, many of whom travel to class through now-dangerous areas; the father of a student at the Chernovtsy school was killed during clashes in Kiev on February 20. Plans include hiring additional security guards and installing closed-circuit TV and alarm systems on school grounds. For more information on World ORT’s Ukraine programs and needs, please read ORT’s Ukraine prospectus and school security plan.
- Additionally, NCSJ is sending out frequent communication briefs informed by various governmental, non-governmental, and Jewish communal sources. To view the latest information, please visit NCSJ’s Ukraine update page.
These efforts, and so many more, are being funded by Jewish Federation dollars. We ask you to support us in these urgent relief efforts.
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