Today, over 5.8 million refugees have fled Ukraine and are currently in Europe, with millions more internally displaced or forced to shelter in or near their homes. While thousands of Ukrainian Jews have fled the country, most of the 200,000 strong Jewish community is still sheltering within its borders. Collectively, Jewish Federations across North America have raised $73 million and allocated nearly $61 million to NGOs in Ukraine and neighboring countries to support refugees and Jewish communities in their time of need. And as the needs change, we continue allocating funds to meet them.
In Canada, our funds continue to go solely to the Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
As winter takes hold in Ukraine and Russian attacks on the energy system lead to widespread loss of power, a humanitarian crisis is expected to deepen. In response, Jewish Federations of North America are allocating $7 million in humanitarian aid, which will enable more than 22,000 Ukrainians to access blankets and warm clothing, portable heaters and cooking stoves, nonperishable foods, flashlights and other emergency items, and warming centers and hot meals. The funds will be distributed through our core partner, the JDC, and others. For more, click here.
The latest $7 million allocation also includes a package to support the high costs of Russian Aliyah (immigration) to Israel. Since the beginning of the war, 52,500 new immigrants have arrived in Israel from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus with the aid of Jewish Federations’ partner, The Jewish Agency for Israel.