Stepping Up to Ukraine’s Challenge

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visits with elderly woman in Ukraine who receives critical assistance thanks to IFCJ support.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visits with elderly woman in Ukraine who receives critical assistance thanks to IFCJ support.

For seniors Mihail and Lyudmila — just two of the many vulnerable, elderly people we have told you about during Ukraine’s ongoing crisis — JDC is a lifeline when violence and unrest spreads fear and concern for the future.

We can be there in Ukraine thanks to our global partners. And as we stepped up emergency efforts, the overwhelming generosity of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), was on display, once again, through their extraordinary support of our work.

“For more than a decade, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have steadfastly supported JDC and ensured our ability to activate the very emergency response network we put into place during the crisis in Ukraine. Thanks to Rabbi Eckstein and IFCJ, tens of thousand of Ukrainian Jews caught up in ongoing turmoil and strife are getting desperately-needed aid and life-saving services,” said JDC CEO Alan H. Gill.

That emergency response in Ukraine includes: mobile units delivering food, medicine and other critical supplies; JDC staff and local Jewish community volunteers risking their lives to deliver food packages to homebound elderly; homecare workers spending nights in the homes of their most frail clients; special operating hours to ensure round-the-clock care; and emergency call chains and beefed up security at JDC facilities in cities and towns around Ukraine.

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JDC is primarily funded through the Jewish Federations of North America. Key JDC funders also include: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation, World Jewish Relief (UK), UIA Federations Canada, and tens of thousands of individual donors.



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