The strength of our community shines through as the world is facing a Ukrainian Crisis. We are humbled and proud to share that the Federation raised and allocated more than $91,000 toward the Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund, established quickly to help those suffering the atrocities of war.

As of March 21, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine has now reached 3.56 million. Today, United States announced that it will take in up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war. The International Organization for Migration estimates that almost 6.5 million people are displaced within Ukraine.

Our Federation was one of 146 across the globe that went into action to assess the need and establish a colossal fundraising effort. As of this week, collectively, the Federation system raised more than $39.5 million for Ukrainian relief efforts.
The funds are being distributed to our partner organizations who are on the ground helping women, children, and elderly: The Jewish Agency for Israel, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and World ORT, United Hatzalah, Hillel International, Nefesh B’Nefesh, HIAS, the Israel Trauma Coalition, Hadassah Medical Organization, Chabad, and Shma Yisrael.

So far:

  • 1,950+ Jewish Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Israel
  • 4,130 beds were rented
  • 37,000+ calls have been received at various hotlines
  • 23,000+ items of humanitarian aid collected
  • 7,120 people are in-transit facilities in five countries
  • 8,000+ applications received for Aliyah to Israel
  • 32,000+ Jews currently being assisted in Ukraine

This week, a group of Jewish Federation leaders from across the country joined in the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) humanitarian aid mission to Poland, where they met with aid providers from Federation partner organizations, visited the Ukrainian border, and listened to refugees as they gave their harrowing accounts of fleeing a brutal war.

We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will report with updates.
Praying for a quick end to this war,

Mark Merkovitz
Executive Director

Daniel Herscovici
President of the Board