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“Morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings…In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”
—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z”l
Since the start of the invasion, more than 10.5 million Ukrainians have had to flee their homes, with more than 4 million—primarily women, children, and elderly—seeking refuge outside the country. Experts estimate more than half of Ukrainian children have been uprooted. In the wake of this pain, our community has come together to send help and hope. Thank you!
Updates on Our Ukraine Relief Efforts
Thanks to your generosity, those in desperate need are receiving lifesaving aid. With the US beginning to admit Ukrainian refugees, we are providing immigration services to local families with relatives in Ukraine or surrounding countries.
As has been JFCS’ hallmark, our Emigre Services include resettlement, information and referrals to resources locally and overseas, legal aid, and counseling. We are also advising those in our community about how to best help relatives arrive to the US, Israel, or other countries.
More information is included below if you are interested in offering housing to refugees.
On the ground, your support bolsters the 24/7 work of our close partners including IsraAID, the Jewish Community of Poland’s Ukrainian Emergency Relief efforts, and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). You help provide housing and support to hundreds of women with young children, psychological first aid for refugees, childcare programs, and special medical care to the elderly who have left Ukraine for neighboring countries.
Read on for a selection of photos showing the crucial aid your support helps provide at the Moldova-Ukraine border, as well as more details on how to get or give help.
The Bay Area’s Dr. Yuri Veber Takes Action for Ukraine
A longtime friend of JFCS, Dr. Yuri Veber realized he could use his professional expertise to raise funds and awareness for Ukraine aid. His periodontal practice offered free treatment to patients and an invitation to donate to our Fund for Ukrainian Relief. The outpouring of support surprised even him!
How to Give Help
- New! Legal Aid Volunteers. Attorneys, law students, and legal assistants—your help is needed! Please contact [email protected].
- Housing. For those who may have housing for refugees, please contact Irina Klay at [email protected].
- Volunteering. Please complete this form on our website.
- Public Policy. Find out how you can advocate for policies supporting refugee entry to the US and family reunification.
- Donations. Give to the JFCS Emergency Fund for Ukrainian Relief.
How to Get Help
- New! Resources. Find valuable information and contacts on our Ukraine Response Resources page.
- New! Free Workshop for Parents. “Talking with Young Children about Difficult World Events.” Sign up: April 5 (parents of preschool-age children) and April 12 (elementary school-age children).
- JFCS Legal Services Consultations. JFCS assists with refugee resettlement and reunification for those with family members overseas. For information, contact [email protected] or 415‑449‑2906.
- JFCS Mental Health Support. JFCS is a resource for mental health support for all ages. Please call 415‑449‑3700.
Thank you for staying informed and involved. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be critical in the days and months to come.