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March 25, 2022
Dear Friends,

Together with the entire world, we’re continuing to monitor the devastating war taking place in Ukraine. In these moments of utter shock, it is natural to feel helpless, especially being an ocean away. To help bridge that gap, as we know that many of you would like to do something to help those suffering, please see below for a list of Ukrainian and international humanitarian organizations that are making an impact on the ground.

Temple B’nai Abraham will be making an $1,800 donation from the Keren Olam Fund to the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Ukraine Crisis Fund. The Keren Olam Fund is a temple fund developed to support Jewish communities in need from around the world.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact the clergy if you have family or friends in Ukraine who need institutional support. We pray for their safety and for a swift end to the conflict.

May God guard all humankind from disaster, and may the vision of Isaiah speedily come into reality.

God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore (Isaiah 2:4).

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg                      Julie A. Silbermann, President
Cantor Jessica Epstein                        Mara B. Suskauer, Executive Director
Rabbi Max Edwards

World Union for Progressive Judaism Fund
https://wupj.org/news/2022/02/51971/world-union-launchs-ukraine-crisis-fund/
Money will be spent on individuals and communities to ensure their safety and well-being. If the conflict escalates further, your money will become crucial and necessary help for many people. If the tension eases, the fund will be spent on the development of the progressive Jewish community in Ukraine.

Jewish Federation of Greater Metro-West
https://www.jfedgmw.org/?form=donate
Federation has two local partners on the ground, JDC and the Jewish Agency, and together they are funded by the United Jewish Appeal, UJA, from which they send hundreds of thousands of dollars for their ongoing costs, supplies, and emergency protocols. Those protocols are now being implemented, and we are undoubtedly going to refill their reserves in the coming days. Federation is asking for general donations so that funds can be transferred over immediately.

Nova Ukraine
https://novaukraine.org/?fbclid=IwAR1pp2BNiZOPk5n8m3knStC4bzPP0uUwC4bwOalHvTX0gTjWA7JT4CJwn_U
Nova Ukraine provides humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups and individuals in Ukraine.

American Red Cross
https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2022/ukraine-red-cross-delivers-aid-to-families.html
The Red Cross has been on the ground for years, delivering urgent assistance — food, fuel for heating, medical supplies and support for housing — to those living close to the line of contact in eastern Ukraine.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine
https://www.rsukraine.org
Revived Soldiers Ukraine (RSU) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine so that they may fulfill fundamental rights and freedoms such as right to life, right to appropriate and affordable medical care, freedom of belief, and freedom for an adequate standard of living.

Save the Children
http://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/ukraine
Save the Children works to support children through access to education, providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits, and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent, and medicines, or so they can invest in starting new businesses.

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