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Helping the Homeless in Ukraine

Tomorrow, The Fellowship's next Freedom Flight allowing Ukrainian Jews to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) will leave for the Holy Land. The Jerusalem Post reports on the ongoing tribulations faced by Ukraine's Jewish community, even as The Fellowship and our faithful supporters and partners on the ground continue to help those in need:I first met the rabbi last year in his hometown, during the early stages of this country’s civil war. At the time he still believed he would stand his ground as long as just one Jew remained in the city. He was later forced to flee and now spends his days working to coordinate aid – much of it provided by the American Joint Distribution Committee and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – for his congregants scattered across the length and breadth of this former Soviet republic.As I listen to the rabbi discuss the difficulties in organizing a caravan of matzot and other Passover supplies through the lines to the separatist capital, I reflect back on my nine trips here over the past two years, most of which were after the country was plunged into chaos in December 2013. Following the overthrow of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, Russia walked in and annexed the Crimean peninsula and then instigated an armed uprising against Kiev in the mostly Russian-speaking industrial east.The Jewish communities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Sloviansk were all caught in the middle. Out of the 10,000- 11,000 Jews in Donetsk before the war, about 75% have left – either immigrating to Israel or moving elsewhere in Ukraine – refugees within their own country ...On Tuesday morning, a flight organized by the IFCJ will take off from Boryspil airport here bringing a planeload of Ukrainian olim. Thousands have come over the last year, making Ukraine second only to France as a source of new immigrants.As much as many of those here are resistant to uprooting themselves again, as the situation deteriorates, more and more Jews from eastern Ukraine are likely to make the Jewish state home.

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