The Fellowship – in concert with the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC) – is providing extra aid for Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) this Passover season.
Reaching out to hundreds of thousands of needy Jews, in both large cities, remote villages and territories under military siege in Ukraine and throughout the entire former Soviet Union, the FJC and the Fellowship are distributing 100 tons of kosher for Passover Matzah and thousands of generous food packages – a necessity, a must that every Jewish family requires during the week of Passover.
Locations include countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan and many more – all of which have been directly or indirectly affected by the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. Due to this horrific situation, the poor have become even poorer, yearning for help like never before.
Life for the vast majority of the Jewish population in the post-Soviet states has been very difficult for decades. However, the situation since the beginning of the war has worsened dramatically. Those remaining in the Eastern parts of Ukraine are in the worst condition – they have barely anything to eat and suffer casualties and unbearable difficulties.
We were especially grateful for their kind words about The Fellowship:
“In Odessa, we have one of the largest Jewish populations in Ukraine,” says the Chief Rabbi and Chabad emissary of Odessa, Avraham Wolff. “The community was always large and has many families in need, but now with thousands of additional refugees we could not have managed alone. Thanks to the Fellowship we are able to provide everybody with assistance, and we make sure nobody needs to wait in line or feel any shame or disgrace.”
. . . “On behalf of all the Jewish communities across the FSU, I wish to personally thank Rabbi Eckstein,” states FJC’s President Mr. Lev Leviev. “The Fellowship in his leadership has an open heart to the needs of every single Jew in these lands throughout the entire year. His great deeds of kindness save lives and have a deep and everlasting influence on the continuity of Russian Jewry.”