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When need arises, JEWISHcolorado provides timely news and updates on emergencies around the world, as well as trusted resources and information about humanitarian crises wherever they arise, whether natural or man-made. Along with the Jewish community of Colorado, you can play a vital role in providing financial assistance to fund urgently needed basics like food, medicine, and long-term aid, including trauma counseling.

The Unfolding Situation In Israel

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May 17, 2021

Our mission as an organization calls on us to connect the Colorado community with the people of Israel and to protect and ensure the future of Jewish life and culture around the world. In light of continued attacks on central Israel and the rapidly changing events in the Middle East, we offer the following resources.

A Message from Mark Wilf, JFNA chair, and Eric Fingerhut, JFNA president and CEO

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JEWISHcolorado Joins $16M Emergency Campaign to Provide Vital Support to Ukrainian Jews

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May 17, 2021

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, JEWISHcolorado has joined the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) $16M emergency campaign to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Jewish populations living in Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to JEWISHcolorado’s global partners, including the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), World ORT, and others who are on the ground in Ukraine, and will provide critical welfare where it is needed most to protect and safeguard Ukraine's Jewish community, as well as Jews in neighboring countries.

Funds will be directed to critical needs in vulnerable Jewish populations, community security, temporary housing for displaced persons, emergency needs in Jewish schools, and aliyah-related assistance.

There are approximately 200,000 members of Ukraine’s Jewish community, which boasts close to 300 Jewish organizations dispersed over some 100 towns and cities. Since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, they have been profoundly affected by political and economic instability, and the Jewish Federations together with their partner agencies have provided ongoing support to this vulnerable population for communal needs, programming, and humanitarian aid.

“This work is urgent. We are concerned about the Ukranian people, especially the Jewish community there., because we know that whenever and wherever one Jew is threatened, we are all threatened,” said JEWISHcolorado President and CEO Rabbi Jay Strear. “We stand with our global partners in condemning this action by Russia, and we will work together with them so that support can be mobilized as quickly as possible."

JEWISHcolorado Ukraine Emergency Fund

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May 17, 2021

With the safety of hundreds of thousands of Jews at risk, we have reopened our Ukraine Emergency Fund. All emergency dollars raised go directly to support of the work of our partners on the ground. Now, an anonymous donor to JEWISHcolorado will match each gift 1:2, up to $100,000 in the next 90 days. We have a goal of $300,000 by the end of 2022. As our partners rush to save lives, to reunite families, and to bring hope to fellow Jews, they need our support.

Whenever and wherever one Jew is threatened, we are all threatened. We remain vigilant in these troubling times and, on behalf of our cousins in the region, we extend our deep gratitude for your generosity and compassion.

Please select Ukraine Emergency Fund from the designation drop-down menu.