Ukraine Emergency Updates

Ukraine Emergency Updates

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Federation is closely attuned to the news and updates from the region. Federation and our partners remain deeply committed to meeting the critical needs of Ukraine’s more than 200,000 Jews. To support these efforts, please donate to Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund.

Ukrainian Jews in Need

Jewish Federations of North America recently unveiled a major analysis of the emergency needs of the dozens of relief organizations they are supporting in Ukraine, projecting a total of $99 million in needs through the end of December 2022.

The needs are broken down into humanitarian relief in Ukraine, rescue and aliyah (immigration to Israel) operations, aid for refugees in neighboring countries, resettlement and integration of refugees in the United State and other countries, and strengthening the regional Jewish community. Together with our core partners –  The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and World ORT, and Jewish Federations of North America – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is supporting dozens of organizations providing critical rescue and relief to Ukrainian refugees of all backgrounds.

$64 million of the total needs of this next phase has already been raised – more than $2.3 million by our community – leaving a deficit of $37 million in needs through the end of the year. $9 million in needs for Ethiopian aliyah and humanitarian support have also been identified by our partners.

The breakdown of the needs for Ukraine aid are as follows:

Total Needs Amount
Urgent Relief in Ukraine $44,094,566
Urgent Relief in Other FSU Countries $11,818,629
Ukraine Rescue and Aliyah $24,417,016
Resettlement and Integration of Refugees $16,989,346
Strengthening the Regional Jewish Community (FSU) $2,643,333

Our Impact

To date, Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund and Federations across North America have raised a collective $64 million to meet urgent needs, and we are immensely grateful to the thousands you who have given so generously. Together, we are making a difference. Since February 24, the day the fighting began, your contributions have:

  • Evacuated over 12,702 Jews from Ukraine;
  • Provided over 38,219 refugees with food, medicine, trauma support and more;
  • Delivered over 477 tons of humanitarian assistance;
  • Received over 18,110 incoming hotline calls and made over 38,883 outgoing calls to those Jews in the region needing help;
  • Treated more than 7,200 patients at the JDC- Natan field clinic.
  • Brought some 24,000 people to Israel from the region, through immigration visas and eligibility requests;
  • Helped Process around 106,000 calls on its Aliyah hotlines;
  • Opened 40 hotels for olim arriving from Ukraine. A total of 6,400 people have already passed through these temporary facilities, and 692 are currently staying there;
  • Accommodated more than 7,000 refugees in absorption hotels in Europe;
  • Begun retraining olim for employment in Israel (150 participants in high-tech training; 150 in medical courses for doctors, nurses and others; 250 in industry and the economy courses).

Federation in the News

From March 13th to Match 15th, Federation CEO, Gil Preuss, represented the Greater Washington Jewish Community in Poland and at the Ukraine broader during one of the first Jewish Federations of North America humanitarian missions to the region. Equipped with two suitcases of donated supplies for those in need. Gil met with volunteers working on the ground, and with Ukrainian refugees — the majority of whom are women, children, and the elderly — to hear their experiences and offer help.

While on the ground, Gil provided updates to news outlets about what he was seeing and how our community could help.

Gil Represents Greater Washington in Poland and on Ukraine’s Border: Early Monday morning on March 14th, Gil arrived in Poland for one of the first Jewish Federations of North America humanitarian missions to Ukraine equipped with two suitcases of donated supplies for those in need. Gil met with volunteers working on the ground, and with Ukrainian refugees — the majority of whom are women, children, and the elderly — to hear their experiences and offer help. Read Gil’s updates on Twitter and watch his video message.

Updates From Our Partners

We are grateful to our longtime global partners – JDC, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT – for their swift work on the ground to care for those in the midst of this unfolding trauma. Please read on for their ongoing updates on the situation.

As Jews flee the growing violence in Ukraine, JDC is providing thousands of refugees safe harbor in neighboring countries, with thousands more expected as the war continues.
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Aliyah flight from Ukraine_Eli Mandelbaum for The Jewish Agency for Israel
Photographer: Eli Mandelbaum

Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, welcomed Jewish orphans who escaped the war in Ukraine.
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Jewish refugees leaving Warsaw for Israel Olivier Fitoussi for The Jewish Agency for Israel March 6 2022
Photographer: Olivier Fitoussi

Long bus rides, temporary shelters and lots of phone calls: Inside the Jewish response to the mounting refugee crisis in Poland.
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Holocaust survivors are particularly vulnerable during times of war, and JDC is providing vital support to those with nowhere else to turn.
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The Jewish Federations of North America

The Jewish Federations of North America will be holding two Ukraine Crisis Update webinars each week, on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 PM ET. REGISTER NOW.