As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to unfold, The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) have expanded the size and scope of the emergency campaign to provide critical humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, increasing the target 25% to $20 million, up from the $16 million figure announced late last week.
As the situation on the ground developed, Federations identified additional needs and support opportunities including providing housing and care for internally displaced persons and refugees. The United Nations estimates there are already 160,000 internally displaced people in Ukraine as well as over 368,000 who have fled to neighboring countries.
“Jewish Federations and our partner organizations are working together more closely than ever, monitoring the changing situation and adapting our responses to ensure that we are delivering vital humanitarian relief effectively and efficiently despite the chaotic situation on the ground,” said Mark Wilf, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Federations of North America.
Emergency funds will be allocated through Jewish Federations’ core partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT, and others who are on the ground in Ukraine.
They will provide critical welfare assistance where it is needed most and support to protect and safeguard Ukraine's Jewish community as well as Jews in neighboring countries. Funds will support urgent basic needs of vulnerable Jews, community security, temporary housing for displaced persons, emergency needs in Jewish schools and aliyah-related assistance.
Current plans for this crisis rely on the strong presence built up through years of Jewish Federation support that is today serving as a critical lifeline to help protect and safeguard Ukraine's Jewish community. We pray for safety for all, and for a speedy end to the hostilities.
Read more about the funding drive and the work Federations do with our partners here.