As Crisis Escalates, Caring for Ukraine's Jews

Vladlen Globa
Vladlen Globa

With increasing unrest and violence in Eastern and Southern Ukraine, JDC has continued its critical work helping the country's most vulnerable Jews.

JDC staff, Hesed employees, and homecare workers are tirelessly working around the clock to ensure the well-being of elderly clients and at-risk families in the Jewish communities where they live and work.

During this critical time, JDC has:

* activated our emergency contact system, communicating with clients on a 24-hour basis to assess their needs and address them immediately;

* established situation rooms around the country that are regularly reporting in on changes on the ground;

* constantly adjusted our contingency plans to reflect these changes.

JDC has risen to the occasion to meet a frightened population's changing needs. We are providing stepped-up support with extra food, medicine, homecare, and counseling, just as we have done since this crisis began.

In Odessa, the site of ongoing violence and 46 deaths last week, JDC's Hesed social welfare center cares for about 7,000 Jews (out of the city’s 40,000-person Jewish population). Services for the elderly and poor have continued uninterrupted during this chaotic time.

For Jews like 14-year-old Vladlen Globa, who lives in a two-room attic apartment in Odessa with a collapsing roof, or 80-year-old Sima Dmitrieva, of Kherson, who battles high blood pressure, heart disease, joint pain, and cataracts, JDC is the only bright spot in a very difficult life.

JDC provides Vladlen with a food card and necessary school supplies and enables Sima to purchase the medicines she needs to survive.

In Eastern Ukraine — where continued unrest and fear have gripped the local population — JDC serves more than 6,000 Jews in the cities of Donetsk, Lugansk, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and Sloviansk. JDC staff in these cities continue to provide increased services and support.

Stay tuned to JDC's Ukraine Crisis Dashboard for the most up-to-date information and photos regarding our emergency response.

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