Press Releases
Historic Effort to Bring Passover to 75,000 Ukrainian Jews
April 12th, 2022

New York, NY (April 12, 2022)…Given the scarcity of resources and kosher for Passover food in Ukraine and surrounding countries, UJA-Federation of New York and an international coalition of 20 nonprofit organizations have mobilized to ensure that nearly 75,000 Ukrainian Jews can observe the traditions of Passover.  

Across 24 cities in Ukraine and 9 countries housing refugees, UJA and nonprofit partners will host more than 20,000 people at seders, distribute over 43 tons of matzah, deliver approximately 22,000 Passover Seder kits, and distribute 5,000 Haggadot over Passover.  

In addition, World Central Kitchen will be serving 15,000 Passover meals a day to refugees in Poland during the holiday.  

The $2.3 million Passover operation is organized and funded by UJA-Federation of New York, with funding support from the Jewish Funders Network.  

“In this moment of devastation and displacement for so many, it’s particularly important that the Jews of Ukraine be able to experience Passover – and feel the warm embrace of the global Jewish community. We are immensely grateful to our historic group of partners for helping to source and distribute Passover food and organize communal seders for tens of thousands of Jews in Ukraine, neighboring countries, and Israel. In times of turmoil, we cannot underestimate the power of ritual and tradition - and the Passover story of redemption - to bring a semblance of normalcy and dignity - and, most importantly, a sense of hope,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York.  

“Among the masses of refugees pouring out of Ukraine are thousands of Jews, for whom celebrating Passover is a treasured tradition. In this time of immense darkness and instability, our hope is that for those fleeing and for those still living in Ukraine under threat of attack, being able to celebrate the holiday with dignity and the embrace of the global Jewish community will be a source of grounding and light,” said Marcia Riklis, chair of Jewish Funders Network.  

Seders will be held in 24 cities in Ukraine and in the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Poland and Romania.  

Partners include:

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

Central Council of Jews in Germany

Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS

Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine (Chabad)

Hillel International

JCC Budapest

JCC Warsaw

The Jewish Agency for Israel


Limmud FSU

Masorti Olami/The Schechter Institute

Moishe House


Office of the Chief Rabbi of Poland

Orthodox Union

United Hatzalah

World Central Kitchen

World Union for Progressive Judaism

Yedioth Ahronoth  

About UJA-Federation of New York  

Working with a network of hundreds of nonprofits, UJA extends its reach from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching the lives of 4.5 million people each year. Every year, UJA provides approximately $180 million in grants. In addition, to date UJA has provided more than $11 million in Ukraine-related emergency funding. For more information, please visit