Jewish Federations Announce Humanitarian Fund for Ukrainian Jews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 5, 2014
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Max Samis, Rabinowitz Communications, max@rabinowitz.com, (o) 202-265-3000, (c) 202-681-2528

Jewish Federations Announce Humanitarian Fund for Ukrainian Jews

New YorkThe Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has established the Ukraine Assistance Fund as an initial response to the situation in Ukraine.

“As the situation escalates, needs in the Ukrainian Jewish community become even more acute,” said Michael Siegal, Chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees. “It’s critical that we maintain our commitment to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our community and ensure our Jewish institutions are secure.”

The Executive Committee of The Jewish Federations of North America just authorized the distribution of funds raised through our collective Federations to overseas agencies.

The Ukrainian Jewish population, estimated around 300,000, is one of the largest in the world. The area is already home to some of the world’s poorest Jews, and the currency devaluation and increasing economic uncertainty is affecting the entire community.

JFNA is committed to working with its partners at home and abroad throughout this crisis.

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The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

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