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Ukraine Crisis: Our Impact in Numbers

53,500+
vulnerable Jews in Ukraine have received assistance since the start of the crisis
41,000+
vulnerable Jews receiving ongoing emergency aid, like food, medicine, homecare, and evacuation services
40,000+
refugees provided vital necessities like food, medicine, and psychosocial aid
*As of May 2024

UKRAINE RESPONSE

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Our Efforts Include:

  • Providing the most vulnerable Jews with vital necessities like food and medicine, as well as deploying a winter survival initiative, delivering portable heaters, cooking stoves, and subsidies for high utility bills. This response encompasses thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those who have returned after fleeing the country.
  • Addressing the needs of Ukraine’s “new poor,” resulting from skyrocketing inflation and diminished employment opportunity.
  • Supporting the Jewish community and providing connection through continued programming and volunteer work.
  • Operating emergency hotlines in collaboration with local Jewish communities in Ukraine, Poland, Israel, and Estonia.
  • Supporting vital needs as European Jewish communities help support those who fled Ukraine, including food, medicine, and housing support, alongside workforce opportunities and refugee integration into local Jewish institutions and programs.
  • Staffing key border crossings on an as-needed basis, along with European community partners and volunteers to embrace, inform, and assist refugees while also working to coordinate shelter and home hospitality.
  • Providing online and offline educational and emotional support for children; delivering access to online employment opportunitiesstrong> that concentrate on remote or freelance work and skill training utilizing JDC’s JOINTECH initiative; and sustaining trauma relief and support through a network of 8 Trauma Support Centers and emotional support activities.
  • Delivering nonsectarian humanitarian aid to people impacted by the crisis, including providing Israeli water filter systems in response to flooding in Kherson, establishing the first public prosthetics workshop in Lviv for local production of prosthetics to hundreds of wounded Ukrainians, and supporting community-based rehabilitation services.
  • Executing and coordinating evacuations upon request across Ukraine, arranging transport and safe accommodations inside Ukraine and beyond, including organizing special medical transport for elderly Jews who are unable to make the journey using standard vehicles.

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

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“Despite this darkness, there’s a special feeling when us Jews are together: We know that as long as there’s JDC, there will be life.”

Lubov S.

Social Worker

Kharkiv, Ukraine

Ukraine’s vibrant Jewish community is one of the largest in the world, home to an estimated 200,000 Jews prior to the current crisis. 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 over 53,000 vulnerable Jews — including the elderly, poor, families, the internally displaced and new poor — through our network of care services, Jewish community programs, and local Jewish volunteers.

Right now, you can help us continue to be a lifeline for Ukraine’s most vulnerable Jews caught in the devastating throes of conflict.

Your gift today will be a lifeline to Ukraine’s most vulnerable Jews. Give today!

Shabbat for Ukrainian Jews

Bring the voices of Ukrainian Jews to your Shabbat table by downloading this special toolkit, released in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

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