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  3/6/2014, Adar Bet 4, 5774

Jewish Federations Launch Ukraine Assistance Fund


The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) launched, Wednesday, the Ukraine Assistance Fund as an initial response to the situation in Ukraine. JFNA's Executive Committee  authorized the distribution of funds raised through its collective federations to overseas agencies.

The Ukrainian Jewish population, estimated around 300,000, is one of the largest in the world. The area is already home to some of the world’s poorest Jews, and the currency devaluation and increasing economic uncertainty is affecting the entire community. Chairman Michael Siegal of the JFNA Board of Trustees said, “As the situation escalates, needs in the Ukrainian Jewish community become even more acute. It’s critical that we maintain our commitment to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our community and ensure our Jewish institutions are secure."

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