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Responding to Global Crises and Building Resilience

We're committed to ensuring safe, thriving Jewish communities around the world — in crisis and every day.

Natural disasters, terror, violence, and hatred shatter millions of lives each year. Since 2007, UJA has invested more than $81 million to bring urgent relief to those on the ground and aid long term recovery. Our essential relationships with hundreds of nonprofits worldwide make us agile and ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.

Crises we’ve responded to since the new millennium include: the second intifada in Israel, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and Hurricane Sandy here in our own backyard. In the fall of 2017, we led a substantial relief effort in the wake of the hurricanes in Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

Most recently, following the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, UJA’s partners are providing emergency medical services, critical supplies, and psychosocial support. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, we’re supporting nonprofits that are focusing on removing debris, cleaning out destroyed homes, helping residents sift through the wreckage, salvaging belongings, and providing trauma treatment. Donate today to support these efforts.

We’re also there before disaster strikes, supporting Jewish communities around the world so that they’re strong, resilient, stable, and equipped to respond to challenges. That means we’re standing up to anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses. In Europe, it means we’re helping small Jewish communities shape their future, empowering leaders, building infrastructure, and giving grassroots activists the tools to grow their dreams. From Paris to Budapest to Moscow — we’re proudly helping create vibrant Jewish communities.