Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, millions of people have fled their homes, whether leaving for neighboring countries or becoming internally displaced. UJA and our partners have been on the ground from the beginning responding to emergency needs.
Right now, priorities include:
Emergency relief in Ukraine: The homebound elderly, Holocaust survivors, and people with disabilities are among those who were in no position to leave the country, while many others have chosen to remain in or return to Ukraine despite the ongoing war and its significant impact on their living conditions, employment, physical and mental health, and daily life.
Our partners are ensuring their continued care — often at risk to themselves — serving an expanded group of Ukrainians who now find themselves in desperate need. We’re providing food, shelter, medical and other basic supplies, emergency assistance, mental health support, and other critical services in order to help Ukrainians, displaced or otherwise, throughout the country.
Refugee aid in Europe, Israel, and New York: Our support has helped refugees who have poured into Poland, Moldova, Hungary, and Romania and on into Western Europe exhausted and traumatized. Through JDC and many other key partners on the ground, we’ve provided food, water, shelter, medical supplies, psychological first aid, day care, and respite for women/mothers who are often on this journey alone. We’re also helping those who have come to Israel and New York by funding legal services, case management, financial assistance, emotional support, and programs/camps for children, youth, and teens.
Facilitating aliyah: So far, with our support through The Jewish Agency, 65,000 olim from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia have arrived in Israel. Another 30,000 have arrived with temporary resettlement status.
Our Work on the Ground
The Jewish population of Ukraine is mainly concentrated in Kyiv and in western Ukraine (68,000); eastern Ukraine (100,000); and Odessa and southern Ukraine (30,000) and includes tens of thousands of needy Jewish elderly and poor families.
To date, UJA-Federation of New York has allocated nearly $25 million in emergency funding. We expect additional needs and requests to emerge in the days and weeks ahead.