Former Soviet Union

Rural Hesed clients Tzipa and Sarah Tzimmer in their home.
Molochansk, Ukraine.

From St. Petersburg to Siberia, Kiev to Kazakhstan, today the vast cultural and geographic expanse of the former Soviet Union (FSU) is home to some of the world’s poorest Jews and the most inspiring, budding Jewish communities.

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, JDC has been the lifeline for vulnerable Jews in the region, providing the critical assistance they need to survive and the Jewish connection and strength that can only come from community.

Map of the Former Soviet Union Every day, tens of thousands of elderly across the former Soviet Union rely on JDC for essential nutritional support, medicine, and homecare assistance.

Today, JDC’s work in the former Soviet Union focuses on:

This mother and daughter in Donesk are among the thousands of needy Jews assisted by Jewish Family Services in Ukraine with JDC/IFCJ Partnership for Children in the Former Soviet Union support.
Welcoming the Shabbat in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, this desperately poor mother of three is grateful for the food, warm clothing, and medical care her sons receive and for their involvement in programs at the local Jewish Community Center.

Through these efforts, JDC is ensuring a viable, strong, self-sustaining Jewish future across the countries of the former Soviet Union.