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Jewish refugees from Ukraine find new beginnings in Israel

By 02/19/2023 3:46 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Yelena Shevchenko shed tears as she recalled the frightening events when Russia assaulted Kyiv in the first few weeks of its conflict with Ukraine.

Several missiles from Russia have been fired toward the Ukrainian capital, destroying vital electrical infrastructure. From February 24, 2022, the day that Russia invaded Ukraine, and February 12, 2023, the U.N. 7,199 people were killed, and 11,756 people were injured in civilian casualties reported to the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The evening before her travel to Israel, Shevchenko detailed how she resided on the 15th level of her apartment building with no operational elevator owing to a lack of energy while seated in the dining area of a small hotel in Chisinau, Moldova.

She was unable to ascend 15 flights. Therefore, she was unable to enter or exit her apartment. Like millions of other Ukrainians, she was trapped and spent months sitting in the dark and moaning in anguish.

Shevchenko, 63, bemoaned, “We don’t understand why this happened to us. “Without electricity or running water, people are left in the dark.

We are in pain. It is pretty challenging for me to explain what I went through. I have childhood acquaintances who have died. I’m sobbing and breaking down.

Two other ladies started crying as she talked about her experience, and one of them had to leave the room.

Shevchenko stated that her greatest desire is to spend time with her Hadera and Be’er Sheva-based children and grandchildren.

They used to visit her in Kyiv before the war. Shevchenko was taking care of her mother-in-law when she could not go. Yelena decided to move to Israel after her death a few months ago.

She said, “I don’t want them to worry.” I long to be there with them.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews organized and supported the particular aliyah flight that transported 93 Ukrainian Jews to Israel last week (IFCJ).

IFCJ claims that over the past year, the organization has contributed more than $26 million to building on its 30-year participation in assisting immigration to Israel in helping thousands of Ukrainian refugees fly to Israel and establish new homes and lives.

IFCJ has contributed more than $200 million to supporting 750,000 persons in making the aliyah over those three decades, many of which are from the former Soviet Union.

The continued integration of immigrants into Israel is supported by IFCJ funding, which also covers welfare aid for needy immigrants, particularly families and the elderly.

This is possible through collaboration with Colel Chabad and the Joint (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC).



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