Jewish Federations condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of the country’s entire population, including the Jewish community. We are working to get help to those in need as quickly as possible through our partner organizations, The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and World ORT, which have mobilized their extensive operations on the ground.

Together we have been preparing for this worst case scenario for weeks. Plans now in motion rely on the strong presence built up through years of Federation support that is today serving as a critical lifeline to help protect and safeguard Ukraine's Jewish community, the many important Jewish organizations working in Ukraine, as well as Jews in neighboring countries. 

We pray for safety for all, and for a speedy end to the hostilities.

We’ve Worked in Ukraine for Decades


Ukraine’s estimated 200,000 Jews rely on the strong presence built up through years of Federation support that is today serving as a lifeline for the community. Through our partner agencies JDC, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and World ORT, we’re there on the ground every day of the year, helping the most vulnerable and supporting programming to help younger generations reimagine Jewish life where it was all but destroyed. Learn more about our work in Ukraine, here.


But Today, The Need is Different


As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, thousands have come under fire in areas across the country.  Thousands more have fled the fighting. Federations are planning to allocate millions of dollars to our partner agencies on the ground. Immediate and short-term needs already total about $20 million.


Emergency funding will focus on:

  • Helping people make Aliyah to Israel

  • Securing the local community and its institutions

  • Maintaining critical welfare services

  • Assisting internally displaced people in multiple locations. 

  • Launching an emergency hotline

  • Securing temporary housing for people in transit

  • Purchasing satellite phones to maintain communications across the region

  • Securing five Jewish schools and training staff to manage crisis needs


It is because we’re always there, day after day, year after year, that we can deliver hope and help now when it is so desperately needed!



Donate now to the Ukraine Relief Fund in this critical time of need.