Thousands of Ukrainians that have fled the country, as well as those still in Ukraine, will be able to celebrate the upcoming Passover holiday with the help of holiday meals and seders made possible by Jewish Federations of North America.
Jewish Federations have provided seder items and food packages to more than 17,360 families via Jewish Relief Ukraine – Chabad’s network in Ukraine. This includes 54 tons of matzah, 41,800 bottles of grape juice, 30.5 tons of meat and chicken, and additional supplies shipped from Israel. Nutritious kosher for Passover meals will also be delivered to Jewish families in 35 different communities around Ukraine, including Berdichev, Dnipro, Lviv, Kharkov, Poltava, Odessa and others. Meal packages include Matzah, fresh and canned vegetables, fresh and dried fruits, milk, juice and wine, olive oil, tea and coffee, honey, eggs, fresh and canned fish, and chicken.
Jewish Federations are supporting seders in Moldova and Poland, organized by their core partner the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Approximately 150 refugees will attend seders in Poland and another 200 refugees and community members in Moldova. Jewish Federations are also supporting the distribution of boxes of Matzah and other provisions.
In partnership with American Friends of the Jewish Community in Vienna, Jewish Federations are supporting 250 refugees who will enjoy seders in Vienna and prepared meals throughout the holiday.
“It is deeply moving to know that more than one year since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, generous donors across our Federation system continue to respond so favorably to the needs of Ukrainian Jews who are experiencing their own exodus story” said Jewish Federations of North America Vice Chair and Ukraine Allocations Committee Chair David Brown. “As we prepare to gather around our seder tables with our loved ones, we pledge to continue to support the needs of our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and around the globe who do not live in comfort and security, and to pray for their safety and well-being.”
Since the outbreak of the war, Jewish Federations have raised a collective $88.9 million for Ukraine aid to support the work of their core partners JDC, The Jewish Agency for Israel and World ORT, as well as over 85 NGOs providing humanitarian aid and relief to refugees in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Funding supports emergency operational costs, temporary housing and transportation costs, security, humanitarian support and trauma and medical relief, and immigration and absorption in Israel.
Jewish Federations were uniquely positioned to respond immediately and effectively to the crisis due to their long presence in the region supporting their partners in Ukraine and neighboring countries.