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Federation partner rescues group from Ukraine


The Urina family represents four of the six people from Donetsk, Ukraine who were rescued and safely transported to Israel this week.

You often read in the headlines about the growing frequency of attacks, deaths and acts of fear amid the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

But here is a story of hope.

A group of six Ukrainians are beginning their new life in Israel – two days after their plans to leave for the Jewish homeland seemed hopeless amid battles between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in and around the civilian airport of Donetsk.

The immigrants, including two couples and twin baby girls, were planning to catch a flight to Tel Aviv on Monday night. However, the access road and airport in Donetsk (a city in Ukraine experiencing some of the most violent battles in the conflict) were shut down amid the conflict.

That's when the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) – a partner agency of Jewish Federation – stepped in.

Personnel from JAFI evacuated the new olim to another city and put them up in a local hotel.

The group boarded a plane to Kiev and then another bound for Israel. They landed Tuesday.


So what now for these six people?

JAFI's work continues well after these people step foot in the Jewish homeland. New olim are provided with help to find jobs, education opportunities and support services that allow them to thrive in their new country.

It's important to keep in mind this is just one story about six people. There are about 30,000 Jews living in the area of Donetsk. If the battles continue and the airport stays closed, what will become of them?

JAFI's staff on the ground in Ukraine has ensured 762 immigrants from Ukraine arrived safely in Israel between January and April. Immigration offices continue to report a surge in aliyah applications.

What can you do for our Jewish family in Ukraine?

By extending any amount to Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, you are making more stories like the one this week out of Donetsk a reality.

Find out how a gift to Federation provides food, medicine and hope for the 350,000 Jews in Ukraine during this urgent time of need.

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