Two weeks ago I shared with you a message asking for help for our friends from the Masorti/Conservative Community of Ukraine. Thank you so much for doing your part and helping them. Here is a message from them sharing how the resources were used and updates on their situation. Many of them were able to leave Ukraine already. Some families were welcomed by other Jewish communities in Hungary, Germany, and Poland. Others went to Israel and were welcomed by the leadership of Masorti Olami, the global organization of Masorti/Conservative communities.
Read the PDF of their message here.
As the situation continues to unfold in unpredictable ways, we are relying on multiple organizations in the Jewish community to find the best ways to keep helping any one in need and the Jewish community in particular.
I’m sharing with you today also messages from AJC, HIAS, and The Jewish Federation, with more information about the situation in Ukraine and how we can do our part to help.
HIAS, the oldest refugee agency in the world, teaches a very powerful message about our history and our current responsibility. HIAS was created to help refugees because THEY were Jewish and evolved to helping refugees because WE are Jewish.
וַאֲהַבְתֶּם אֶת־הַגֵּר כִּי־גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם
You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
AJC – American Jewish Committee
HIAS – Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee