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Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Call to Action

This is a space for updates, connections and practical steps, between communities in the Jewish world and Ukrainian Jewish communities.

This effort is sponsored by Hakhel, the Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator at Hazon.

Click here to get involved and stay informed

Click here to join our (silent) WhatsApp group

Click here to get a sense of Hakhel’s first delegation to Moldova

As the war in Ukraine lingers, the humanitarian crisis is only deepening. Yet, amidst this chaos, it is rather amazing to discover small heroic stories of human solidarity. One of these stories got broad publicity on e-Jewish Philanthropy. This article, by Meredith Levick, tells the story of Alona’s daughter’s voyage to Amsterdam, and how a network of communities enables such mutual support. https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/a-tale-of-two-cities/

Click here to watch or download the recording of Hakhel’s meeting with Ukrainian Hakhel community representatives that took place on February 25, 2022.

Click here to watch or download the recording of Hakhel’s 2nd meeting with Ukrainian Hakhel community representatives that took place on March 3rd, 2022.

Supporting Communities on the Ground

At Hazon and Hakhel, we have a three-part strategy in responding to this crisis:

  1. Local Leadership: Ukrainian leaders know their landscape and their needs. We are following the lead of Hakhel community leaders inside Ukraine and local rabbis working with refugees on the borders.

  2. Collaboration & Partnership: We are partnering with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the European Council of Jewish Communities, Reut, the Jewish Peoplehood Coalition, and more, coordinating our collective crisis response efforts.

  3. Global Response: We can all do something to help. The situation is rapidly evolving, both in terms of needs and solutions, all of which require resources and support. Sometimes our Ukrainian partners need volunteers, sometimes they need equipment, and throughout the process they need financial resources.

Here are just a few examples of what this strategy looks like on the ground:

  • Following up on our weekly meeting with our Ukrainian partners, we received the list of needs from the Lvov communities and are working to deliver what they need.

  • We are organizing another large shipment of food and equipment for the community in Medzyboudzh (the historical town of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism).

  • Hakhel’s 11th delegation, to Budapest this time, will be leaving on Friday, April 1. The delegations bring courageous leaders to support refugees and include medical staff, therapists, educators and logistical experts.

Please support these leaders and all of Hakhel’s crisis response efforts in Ukraine, in collaboration and partnership with all our partners above. Click the button below to donate and help cover the costs of these extraordinary efforts.

Click here to get a sense of Hakhel’s first delegation to Moldova

Supporting People who Left Ukraine

Israeli communities in Europe are opening their homes and their hearts to refugees who make it into the European Union. 

If you are inside the EU and would like to help, please click here to register:

People seeking help, please be in touch with Sarit:
sarit.cohen@hazon.org | +972-55-552-3715

Israeli communities in Israel are also opening their homes and their hearts for those who can make it to Israel. Please refer people to Benny Printz from MAKOM:
benny@makom-il.org.il | +972-52-423-9905

Support On Social Media:

We want to let the world know about this war. Many people in Russia don’t believe this war is really happening, for example.
Alona and her partners will share on the WhatsApp group videos and photos, please share them.

Emotional and Psychological Support:

Emotional and psychological support is available for children and families. Please contact Irina Gritsevskaya, Chaya Baker or Michal Lazarovich from Israel.

Irina: +972-54-656-5524
Chaya: +972-54-553-2393
Michal: +972-52-945-9383

Further meetings:

We plan to hold regular weekly meetings with our friends and partners in Ukraine, to show our solidarity and support, get updates from them and fine tune our efforts to support them. 

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 5th, 1:30pm EST / 8:30pm Ukraine/Israel time, on this line:
https://edu-il.zoom.us/j/6242144158

More updates coming up.

For queries and suggestions, please contact us:

hakhel@hazon.org
+927-55-552-3715 (Sarit)