Tens of thousands

of vulnerable Jews received lifesaving emergency assistance

UKRAINE RESPONSE

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Our Efforts

For those remaining in Ukraine, we are:

  • Providing those we serve, as well as new clients, with extra essentials like food and medicine, in addition to trauma support and access to Jewish community activities including summer camps. This includes thousands of internally displaced Jews and those that have returned after initially fleeing the country.
  • Addressing the needs of Ukraine’s “new poor,” created as a result of skyrocketing inflation and diminished employment opportunity.
  • Engaging our volunteers, staff, and network of Hesed social welfare centers to assist with evolving needs while continuing to operate care and community services including the provision of food, medicine, and homecare throughout the country.
  • Operating emergency hotlines in collaboration with local Jewish communities in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Moldova, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Slovakia.
  • Leveraging JOINTECH — our remote care tech initiative launched to help combat pandemic loneliness among isolated Jewish seniors — to be used for community programming to provide reprieve during this crisis.

Emergency Hotlines

“It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I hid in this basement in 1941, and now I’m here again. It feels like I’m dreaming — like I’m having a nightmare.”

Natalia Berezhnaya, 88

JDC client

For refugees in neighboring countries, we are:

  • Staffing key border crossings along with European community partners and volunteers to embrace, inform, and assist refugees arriving in Poland, Moldova, Hungary, and Romania, while also working to coordinate shelter and home hospitality.
  • Supporting the needs of refugees and European Jewish communities as they absorb refugees in the short and long-term, including food, medicine, accommodation, and workforce opportunities and integration and connection to local Jewish institutions and programs.
  • Providing food, medicine, and other urgent support for Jews not in refugee camps or shelters and providing financial assistance to newly vulnerable individuals.
  • Partnering with Jewish communities across the region to deliver nonsectarian aid to people impacted by the crisis.

For those looking to evacuate, our efforts include:

  • Executing and coordinating evacuations across Ukraine, including arranging transport and safe accommodations inside Ukraine and beyond.
  • Arranging special medical transport for those elderly Jews who are unable to make the journey using standard vehicles.

Ukraine Emergency: Voices from the Ground

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Refugee Voices: Viktor and Liudmila

Ukraine Emergency: Beit Grand Day Camp (Odesa)

If I Can Help Somehow: Liudmila’s Story

“When you are cowering from the booms and flinching at the sound of breaking glass, you need to focus on something that is so pure and so good that it outshines the darkness of conflict and fear.”

Elena Proskurnja

Director of Hesed Michael
Social welfare center

Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Ukraine’s vibrant Jewish community is one of the largest in the world, home to an estimated 200,000 Jews. Since the collapse of communism, JDC has worked across the former Soviet Union (FSU) to save Jewish lives and build Jewish life. In Ukraine alone, JDC has been serving an estimated 40,000 Jewish elderly and 2,500 poor Jewish children and their families through our network of care services, Jewish community programs, and Jewish leaders.

Right now, you can help us continue to be a lifeline for Ukraine’s most vulnerable Jewish elderly and families with young children caught in the devastating throes of war. Give today.

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Press Releases

February 24, 2022
Press Release

JDC Responds in Ukraine

February 24, 2022
Press Release

JDC Ukraine Statement

February 13, 2022
Press Release

JDC Statement on Ukraine Response

January 25, 2022
Press Release

JDC Statement on Ukraine Tensions

Volunteer Internationally

As the conflict in Ukraine unfolds, JDC remains committed to providing humanitarian assistance and lifesaving support inside Ukraine and to all those seeking safety in bordering countries.
As we continue to identify emerging needs on the ground and determine the most effective ways to plan long-term aid, we are in the process of building a volunteering system in order to match those who are interested in being deployed to the countries surrounding Ukraine with the needs on the ground.

Please fill out the form if you would like to be considered for a volunteer placement. Once we are able to provide matches, we will be in touch with you directly.

If you have any additional questions, please see our FAQ Page. If you would like to be in touch directly, please use one of the following email addresses based on your country of residence:

For citizens of Israel, Europe, or the Former Soviet Union: volunteers_crisis2022@jdc.org.

For citizens of the United States and Canada: ukrainevolunteer@jdc.org.