Associated Launches Ukraine Assistance Fund

An American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee worker, pictured above  in a white helmet, enters the tense Independence Square area of Kiev on Feb. 22. (JDC)

An American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee worker, pictured above
in a white helmet, enters the tense Independence Square area of Kiev on Feb. 22. (JDC)

In response to the growing unrest in Ukraine, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced the launch of a Ukraine Assistance Fund to provide support for that country’s Jewish community.

“One hundred percent of all funds raised will support relief efforts; funds will ensure home deliveries of food, medicine, heating and cooking fuel to sustain life-saving care, as well as [ensure] more security personnel provided by our partner agencies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Agency for Israel,” read a news release from the organization.

Ukraine is home to approximately 300,000 Jews, the release pointed out, and the region includes some impoverished Jews, including elderly individuals who need chronic care, children and families.

One of Baltimore’s sister cities, Odessa, Ukraine, has seen protests and conflict but on a smaller scale. With Ukrainian currency being devalued, buying power is lessening, and the cost of goods and services is growing. The JDC and JAFI, as well as Baltimore-Odessa Partnership coordinator Marina Moldavanskaya, are monitoring the situation, the release said.

To donate to The Associated’s Ukraine Assistance Fund, visit associated.org/helpukraine.

mshapiro@jewishtimes.com

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