On Thursday, the UJA Federation of New York announced that it has approved $3 million in emergency funding to support Jewish communities in Ukraine.
According to the press release, the funds will be made available to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency, and other organizations working to provide for the safety and well-being of approximately 200,000 Jews living in Ukraine.
As it stands, the funds will go to humanitarian aid, such as food, medicine, winter relief, and emergency services; while also aimed at bolstering security at Jewish institutions; responding to emerging needs such as the displacement of people from their homes and providing mobile medical units for the homebound.
Apart from the UJA New York, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has also opened a Ukraine Emergency Fund to swiftly meet the emerging and urgent humanitarian needs of the 200,000+ members of Ukraine’s Jewish community. Speaking about the donations, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington CEO Gil Preuss said, “Belonging to a global Jewish community means assisting and caring for Jews wherever they are – always, and especially in times of crisis.”