The JTA recently ran an article about the plight of the Jewish community in war-torn Ukraine, including what The Fellowship is doing to help, in concert with our longtime partners the JDC (American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) and Hesed.
JDC has aided more than 600 Jewish refugees in the Kiev area with help from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which has poured more than $19 million into Ukraine since December 2013. Through the local branch of Hesed and Beiteinu, a JDC center for youth and family programs, JDC provides newly arrived families three to six months of subsidies for food, clothes, toiletries, medicine and rent totaling up to about $250 a month. The centers also host programs for the elderly and families, as well as a Sunday school.
Nina Tverye, who left the eastern city of Donetsk with her grandson in July and attends Hesed’s day programs for the elderly, said “it makes it feel better” to spend time with other refugees. Tverye said refugees spend all their time talking about the war.
“From this we start the day, and with this we finish the day,” Tverye said. “We are always discussing what is happening.”