Responding to Ukraine in Crisis

We are closely monitoring events in Ukraine as they evolve and we share your concern for all Jews in the region.

Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ — and Federations across North America — are working to ensure the safety of the Jewish community there through close cooperation with our partner organizations, The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC (Joint Distribution Commitee), and World ORT.

Since tensions flared up in November, a steep rise in the price of daily essentials has forced tens of thousands of needy Jews in Ukraine to choose between buying food, medicine, or keeping warm through winter, according to this week's update from the JDC.   

JDC has been working around the clock and across 1,000 locations to provide aid that benefits nearly 40,000 needy Jewish elderly and poor families in Ukraine.Your Federation support helps make this possible

As we learn more, we will keep you apprised.

Please consider making your gift to Jewish Federation in the Heart of NJ's 2022 Annual Campaign today so we may continue to empower our partners on the ground in Ukraine and the region. 


Whenever and wherever there have been threats to Jewish life -- and Jews are in need, Federation makes a difference... YOU make a difference by enabling our partners to provide critical aid.

Thank you for your continued support and for joining us in sending prayers for peace and safety to our family in Ukraine and beyond.

Ukraine is in crisis: An Update From the JDC.
This mounting economic crisis adds to the pandemic’s lasting financial toll, catapulting the most vulnerable into renewed risk and suffering.
JDC is working around the clock to ensure uninterrupted humanitarian aid including food, medicine, winter relief, and emergency assistance for the most vulnerable Jews throughout Ukraine — no matter what. Across 1,000 locations, this aid benefits nearly 40,000 needy Jewish elderly and poor families in Ukraine.
Right now we are:
  • Providing lifesaving food and medicine and sanitary items like diapers;
  • Preparing our staff and volunteers to continue to provide aid no matter the circumstances, including through food package delivery, hotlines, and online platforms;
  • Mapping our clients, especially the homebound, to ensure we can reach them; and
  • Coordinating with local Jewish organizations and partners to ensure a united emergency response.

We’re leveraging our vast presence on the ground and past experience from the 2014 Ukraine conflict and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to address a variety of possible emerging needs, including displacement.

This kind of emergency planning, and caring for people in crisis, is part of JDC’s DNA. It’s inherent to our work saving Jewish lives and building Jewish life for more than a century.
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 in Ukraine, and across the former Soviet Union (FSU), caring for tens of thousands of needy Jewish elderly and poor families; rebuilding and innovating Jewish community life; and training a new generation of Jewish leaders.


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