Monday, February 9, 2015

IFCJ Donates $650K to Jews in Eastern Ukraine; Will Ease Distress in Russia-Ukraine Battle Areas

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) pledged $650,000 in emergency funding for Jews in the battle zones of eastern Ukraine, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (February 9, 2015).

The emergency funding will provide Jews from cities such as Donetsk and Mariupol -- who are caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian troops and Russian separatists -- with medicine, food, housing, and security, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, IFCJ's founder and president said.

"We will do everything in our power and means so no Jew will be left homeless or starved," Rabbi Eckstein wrote.

The funding will ensure thousands of food and medicine packages, as well as three months of operating soup kitchens and providing security for Jewish synagogues and institutions in Donetsk, Lugansk, and Mariupol.

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