Faces of The Fellowship: Rostyslav and Polina Escape War-Torn Ukraine

The Fellowship  |  February 19, 2020

war-torn Ukraine
war-torn Ukraine

As her Ukrainian neighborhood turned into a war zone, Polina learned she was expecting her first child.

“We had hoped that the combat would end,” remembers her husband, Rostyslav, “and that this nightmare would cease, and we would once again return to our normal life.”

Then, a shell exploded nearby, shattering the front windows in their home. They knew they needed to move to a place where their new baby would be safe, away from the war. They had always wanted to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel), and finally decided Israel was the answer. Soon, they found a place on a Fellowship Freedom Flight.

“The choice to make aliyah with The Fellowship has been wonderful!” Polina says. The young couple are both dentists, and are eager to open their own practice in Israel, so they can help fellow citizens of the country that has been such a blessing to them. Their future looks bright, now that they are away from the war in Ukraine, and they feel so grateful to our donors who provided this opportunity.

Leave No One Behind

We have a sacred calling from God to “comfort ye, comfort ye my people” (Isaiah 40:1). In a world that has increasingly turned against them, the Jewish people need this comfort more than ever. Our Fellowship friends make it possible to ensure we’re leaving no one behind on the next Freedom Flight through On Wings of Eagles.

The Fellowship has scheduled a Rabbi Eckstein Memorial Freedom Flight on February 23rd to bring 200 Ukrainian Jews, who are being targeted with anti-Semitic hatred and violence, home to Israel. Learn how you can help fill this flight today!