Crisis In Ukraine

Our Response on the Ground

The war in Ukraine has created one of the most significant humanitarian crises of this century. Because our partner agencies have been working steadily in Ukraine for generations – we were able to be on the ground responding to emergency needs from day one of the conflict. 


Over the past year, Federations across the country came together and raised $85 million to address the humanitarian crisis brought on by the war in Ukraine. In the Bay Area, we mobilized an astounding $5.2M* in relief funds. These dollars ensured:

*Numbers current as of February 2023

Long-Term Needs

  • Overseas relief in Ukraine and neighboring countries by providing medical equipment, securing temporary housing for people in transit, offering food, medicine, and cash, as well as summer camp placement.
  • Integrating Ukrainians, Russians, and Ethiopians into Israeli society, obtaining language translation, and acquiring social welfare services. 
  • Convening various ministry offices in Israel to get all the data to bring them together and inform policy.
  • Facilitating resettlement efforts here in the Bay Area through our partners.
  • Providing opportunities for our Bay Area Ukrainian and Russian-speaking Jewish populations to convene on issues regarding mental health and resettlement.

The Jewish Federation’s response to this crisis will support the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel, and other agencies leading the effort on the ground, in Israel, and in the United States.

Federations have invested millions over the decades to build Jewish life in Ukraine. While some organizations provide immediate relief, we have supported the Ukrainian Jewish community throughout the crisis. ​The coordination and volume of the relief efforts are the results of years of our experience, knowledge, relationship building, and fundraising for the Annual Campaign. Donations allow us to move quickly, see areas of greatest need, and determine the best response by having a vantage point to see broad community-wide needs and pivot funding to areas of need as they arise. 


Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is calling on skilled Russian-speaking Jewish professionals. Partners need volunteers for two to four weeks to help:

  • Situate refugees in olim hotels to help those making aliyah
  • Assist in meeting families at border areas of Poland, Moldova, and Romania
  • Implement early childhood programming
  • Provide psycho-social support to families

Sign up to volunteer.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services is seeking general, medical professional, and legal aid volunteers. Sign up.

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Get Assistance

Whether it's in Ukraine or for information about making aliyah, the Jewish Agency for Israel and JDC have opened toll-free hotlines. Hotlines are available in Hebrew, Ukrainian and Russian.

JDC emergency hotlines

Ukraine: (FSU): +38 094 711 11 104
Bulgaria: +359 89 641 3010 (Hours: 8:00 - 20:00)
Estonia: +372 56 998 880
Germany: (JDC/ZWST): +49 170 3704720
Hungary: +36 30 541 8771
Latvia: +371 22 535 225
Poland: +48-735-33-777
Romania: 40 735 33 7777
Slovakia: +421-977-711-896 (

Jewish Agency for Israel hotlines (including requests for Aliyah)

From Ukraine
1-800-504603 (Toll Free)
From Israel
1-800-228055, extension 4 (Toll Free)

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Whenever and wherever there have been threats to Jewish life, the Federation – through our on-the-ground partners – has been there to provide critical aid to help those in danger.