In response to the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, JDC has activated its emergency response network on the ground.
The crisis has caused food shortages, the suspension of public transportation, and growing fear, especially among the elderly.
Right now, we are:
- ensuring that the most vulnerable elderly receive services at home so they do not have to risk their lives to get basic necessities;
- deploying emergency mobile units that deliver food, medicine, and other critical supplies;
- increasing security, as needed, at the local Hesed and other locations following the fire-bombing of a synagogue in Zaporozhye, 250 miles southeast of Kiev; and
- providing uninterrupted daily home care services for the most frail elderly, with some home care workers spending nights with them in their apartments.
JDC’s work to ensure the well-being of Ukrainian Jews during this crisis has been highlighted by:
- The Times of Israel, “Volunteers brave ‘war zone’ to aid elderly Jews in Kiev”
- JNS.org, “Jewish groups provide emergency assistance to Ukrainian Jews”
- eJewishPhilanthropy, “JDC Delivers Aid to Homebound Kiev Jews”
- The Jerusalem Post, “Jewish groups ‘deeply concerned’ over Ukraine ”
More than 300,000 Jews live in Ukraine today. JDC, with the support of its global partners, assists thousands of needy Jewish elderly and children in Kiev alone, and provides life-saving help to tens of thousands of the poorest Jews throughout the country.
JDC is also shaping new generations of Jewish leaders and developing Jewish community life through Jewish Community Centers, Jewish family camps, Jewish holiday celebrations, cultural festivals, educational opportunities, and young adult leadership training programs.