Eli Buzunov, PR and missions coordinator in Kyiv, carrying water to his local bomb shelter
From helping Ukrainian Jews make immediate aliyah at the borders to launching a centralized hotline, operated by Russian-speaking volunteers in Israel, the agencies that you support through the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are coming to the aid of those caught in wartime crossfire.
Thanks to your critical donations, Federation continues to be a supportive resource to our partner agencies, doing incredible work on the ground in Ukraine. In times of crisis and peace, your important gifts literally affect lives. We couldn’t do this vital work without you.
To make a donation to support those in Ukraine, please visit jewishboca.org/ukrainenow
How You Are Helping Those in Danger
We are so proud of our partner agencies abroad, as they meet the urgent, humanitarian needs created by the Russian invasion.
Over the weekend, the Israeli Government and The Jewish Agency for Israel established transit camps in countries bordering Ukraine, and Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption says that up to 10,000 Ukrainian Jews are expected to make Aliyah in the coming weeks.
The Agency has announced that it will open six Aliyah processing stations at Ukrainian border crossings with four countries: Poland, Moldova, Romania and Hungary. These stations, operated in conjunction with Nativ and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aim to immediately assist the expected waves of immigration due to the war. The Jewish Agency says that it is also prepared to increase the number of stations at very short notice.
At the same time, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) launched a centralized hotline for its network of Hesed social service centers. The hotline is operated by Russian speaking volunteers in Israel who handle incoming and outgoing calls. JDC’s Ukrainian Hotline Phone Number: +380947111104
In spite of the immense danger, JDC also has people delivering supplies in the most devastated regions of Ukraine, like Eli Buzunov, in this video, attempting to deliver water, as bomb alarms sound.
What More You Can Do
Since the announcement of the launch of a collective campaign by Jewish Federations late last week, we have seen our system seamlessly mobilize on behalf of the Jewish community in Ukraine. These funds will continue to be allocated through our core partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT, and others who are on the ground in Ukraine. They will provide critical welfare where it is needed most and support to protect and safeguard Ukraine’s Jewish community, as well as Jews in neighboring countries.