Jews and Russia’s war in Ukraine

The Jewish community of Ukraine comprised approximately 250 thousand people before the start of Russian brutal large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. According to te estimates of organizations dealing with evacuation, approximately half of those who lived in the east moved to the western part of Ukraine. About 10% left Ukraine altogether, finding refuge in various European countries or in Israel.

About half of the Jewish population in Ukraine is over 60, which means that this minority is extremely vulnerable to the challenges of the Russian full-scale war: many of them need financial, medical, and food assistance. Jewish organizations in Ukraine are very active in helping the elderly but also supporting the army, the wounded, dealing with humanitarian issues.

More than a thousand representatives of the Jewish community are fighting in the Ukrainian army, while Jewish communities across entire Ukraine contribute to Ukraine’s victory on the home front: they volunteer to help the IDPs, provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, making no distinction between people, Jews or non-Jews. And this unity is bringing peace to Ukraine, so desperately fought for, closer and closer.

Human rights activist Josef Zissels, Rabbi Liron Ederi from Kryvyi Rih, and head of the cultural center of the Hesed Shaarey Zion Jewish Charity Foundation Hanna Rozen discuss.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center –

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians –

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

👉🏻 Come back alive – (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

👉🏻 CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

👉🏻 UNITED 24 – (was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

👉🏻 Army SOS – (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

👉🏻 Vostok SOS – (raising funds for various needs of the army);

👉🏻 Phoenix Wings – (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).