Jewish Federations of North America have raised three times the amount of its initial goal for its Ukraine emergency campaign, which launched on Feb. 24, the day Russia attacked the country.

Funds have been allocated to more than 46 NGOs that are operating on the ground in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, including Jewish Federation core partner agencies, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and World ORT. Distributions of funds have focused on humanitarian aid and rescue operations; trauma relief and medical care; refugee resettlement; and aliyah and absorption in Israel.

The most recent allocation of $1.2 million went towards NGOs, including the Hadassah Medical Organization for medical delegations and trauma units, the Israel Trauma Coalition and Nefesh B’Nefesh for immigrant absorption.

“There are moments in time when humanity is called upon to take action to shape history. We are living in one of those times, and I am so proud to know that the Jewish community is at the forefront of these efforts,” said Jewish Federations of North America president and CEO Eric Fingerhut.

The funds raised for this campaign are also supporting Jewish Federations’ creation of a first-of-its-kind central volunteer hub to provide much-needed services on the ground through partner aid organizations. More than 60 Russian-speaking volunteers have already been deployed to Budapest, Warsaw and the Ukraine border.


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