Support for Ukraine: Bob Scinto Match

Masorti Olami, together with our partners at The Schechter Institutes call upon all of our friends and supporters worldwide to give generously to our emergency campaign to support our brothers and sisters and all those in Ukraine under attack. We are in close daily contact with our five communities in Kyiv, Chernivtsi, Odessa, Kharkiv and Dnipro who are either trying to evacuate the country, or get to safety within Ukraine. The is extreme uncertainty and panic right now, as well as shortages of essential supplies, but we are sharing with you, our friends and supporters around the world, an update about the current situation on the ground.

The needs in Ukraine are changing and growing daily, based on the situation on the ground. We have compiled the most pressing needs that have been shared with us by our representatives in the communities in Ukraine, towards which your donations are and will be going. While it is still extremely difficult to transfer funds to those on the ground, together with our partners at The Schechter Institutes, we have found several reliable ways to get our communities the necessary funds across the borders and into Ukraine to where it is needed most. We are working with all of our European communities on taking in refugees and helping them get to safety.

Basic goods and supplies are needed by our communities across the country. This includes food, accommodations and sanitary products as well as protective gear and equipment. Our communities also require vitamins, medicines and medical supplies, which are in short supply in the country.

Transport and evacuation to safe communities and houses, both in western Ukraine and in neighboring European countries, as well as Israel, is needed for those who are seeking refuge. Our communities need to be evacuated to safety, via ground or air travel, and need accommodation once they reach their destinations.

Long-term support and rebuilding of our Ukrainian communities will be needed. While we deal with the most pressing needs on the ground, together with our partners, we are starting to build a plan for the “day after”, when our community members will need to rebuild their lives wherever they find themselves. We will continue to update these needs, as the situation develops.

We successfully evacuated 40 refugees from Ukraine. Pictured here: A warm welcome by our contacts at JDC, after crossing the boarder of Ukraine into Romania.

Dor Hadas, our Masorti/Conservative community in Budapest, hosts our group of 40 refugees in their community center for a home cooked meal and to give them support, on their way to Berlin.