Last week, the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight brought 200 Ukrainian Jews out of their war-torn country to their historic and biblical home in the Holy Land. Jewocity reports on Stockwell Day, the respected Canadian political figure and Fellowship board member, who accompanied these new olim (immigrants) on their journey:
Hon. Stockwell Day shepherded some 220 Jews in need from strife-torn eastern Ukraine to Israel last week, with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada (The Fellowship).
Day, 66, of Vancouver, appears regularly as a well-known national TV political commentator, and has also spoken on a range of international broadcast networks. Day gathered with the immigrants as they boarded two flights from Kiev Wednesday, Sept. 28, bound for Tel Aviv to begin their new lives in Israel, thanks to support from The Fellowship’s donors in Canada.
“I am honored to be joining these brave men, women and children who are escaping increasingly difficult conditions for Ukraine’s Jewish community and starting their lives anew in their Jewish homeland,” Day said before boarding a Tel Aviv-bound flight from Kiev with his wife, Valorie. “What an incredible mitzvah (blessing) to be witnessing this modern-day exodus to freedom.”
The flights are just the latest in The Fellowship’s ongoing campaign to help Jews in Ukraine and other communities around the world facing economic challenges, anti-Semitism and security fears. Before these latest flights, The Fellowship has brought 3,532 Jews on 29 flights from Ukraine to Israel.
The Fellowship in Canada is closely involved in supporting The Fellowship’s Ukraine immigration effort, with support as well from Jewish Federations in Canada, and has provided more than $35 million to support basic needs of impoverished Israelis and Jews in need in the former Soviet Union since its formation in 2003.
Day, who was elected nine times over 25 years to two levels of Canada’s government in two separate provinces, is also chair of The Fellowship in Canada, and serves on The Fellowship’s U.S. board. Day is known for his policy development positions in clear support of Israel’s right to exist and flourish as a sovereign Jewish state.
While in Ukraine, Day and his wife represented The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, at a special memorial symposium marking the 75th anniversary of the infamous Babi Yar Massacre. This included paying homage at the actual site where more than 33,000 Jews were murdered over a two-day period in September of 1941. Joining the Days in Ukraine was The Fellowship’s senior vice president, Yael Eckstein.