100 Ukrainian Jews Arrive in Israel

The Fellowship  |  January 9, 2023

Yael Eckstein holding the hand of an elderly woman exiting an ambulance van.
(Photo: Yossi Zeliger)

With the help of our partners on the ground, we helped rescue 100 immigrants from Ukraine, including those who needed medical rescue and waited for months to flee war-torn Ukraine. The Jerusalem Post tells us more:

Some 100 Ukrainian Jews recently made aliyah to Israel, including the bed-ridden who have waited months for the chance to leave their war-torn country behind…

Ella Smirnova, 76, said  that she was forced to flee Odesa, the city she was born and grew up in. While preparing for Rosh Hashanah one year, she fell and broke her neck, leaving her completely paralyzed.

“I’m totally handicapped and confined to my bed, so this war has added to my feeling of helplessness and I didn’t see a way out. When the air raid sirens went off the only thing I could think to do was try and hide under the bed sheet and the only way I would be able to save myself is if someone came along to help me,” she said.

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