Just Before Purim, the Crisis in Ukraine Escalates

MARCH 22ND 2024

Over the past couple of days, the crisis in Ukraine has escalated dramatically. Airstrikes and shelling have destroyed buildings and disrupted power supplies leaving millions of people in the cold and dark, and the attacks continue. In Khmelnitsky, 80 missiles and 70 UAVs lit up the night sky, wreaking havoc on the ground; in Zaporozhye the dam was damaged.

The generators we purchased last year for communities across the country are proving to be lifesavers. The rabbi in Odessa reported, “it’s impossible to imagine what is going on here, the school, nursery, synagogue, seniors’ residence, and orphanage all are functioning exclusively on generator power.” The congregations in Kharkiv and Zaporozhye are also relying on the generators for much needed heat and light. Thanks to these industrial units, schools can continue to hold classes and community centers can remain open, offering warm spaces for people to gather and receive vital social services. Additionally, synagogues are able to hold services, providing opportunities for people to connect with their faith and support one another.

The generators are a powerful symbol of resilience, representing the unwavering spirit of the Jewish community in Ukraine. People continue to maintain their traditions and way of life, despite the many hardships they endure. As the Jews of Ukraine prepare to celebrate Purim, the special gift boxes ("Mishloach Manot") we distributed bring smiles to the faces of children and joy to the hearts of all.

We wish you a happy holiday and appreciate your continued support. Together we save lives and restore hope.

Together, we Save Lives and Restore Hope!

Shlomo Peles
Executive Director
Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki
Dnipro, Ukraine
Rabbi Pinchas Vishedsky
Kyiv, Ukraine
Rabbi Moshe Moskovitz
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm
Zhitomir, Ukraine
Rabbi Avraham Wolff
Odessa, Ukraine