Stories of Ukraine


Jewish refugees leaving Warsaw for Israel

This week marks the third week since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. Millions of Americans across the country, and millions more around the world, watched in horror as they witnessed an act of aggression they hoped never to see again. The Associated and other Jewish Federations around the country were quick to act, and thanks to our partners overseas, and the generosity of our Baltimore Jewish community, we have been able to quickly and effectively aid our friends in Ukraine. 

“I am incredibly proud that The Associated and our Jewish community have mobilized in supporting those who need the kindness and resolve of a caring people,” said Associated President Marc B. Terrill in a Shabbat message earlier this month. 

“Our tradition teaches us to be compassionate, to be empathetic and to act where action is required,” Marc continued.   

Here is  a sample of how your generosity has impacted our friends 5,000 miles away. 

Ina & Jan

Ina and her husband Jan attempted to evacuate Ukraine with their two daughters on Thursday, February 24, mere minutes before the Ukrainian government banned men, ages 18-60, from leaving the country. 

Thanks to constant and open communication with The Jewish Agency of Israel, Ina and her family were able to cross the border, making them one of the last Jewish families to leave Ukraine before the government’s travel restrictions took effect. 

Ina shared, “All along we were not worried. And only when we were already in Poland and heard what was happening at the border and how many people were stuck in traffic on the roads, did we realize how incredibly lucky we were.” 

Yael Pearlman 

Yael Pearlman, United Hatzalah, thanks Jewish Federations of North America and Jewish Federations across the country while helping Ukrainian refugees in Romania. 

Ukraine at Home

Many of us share a personal connection with Ukraine. Some were originally born in Ukraine while others have family members still living there.. Several of our community members have spoken out about their experiences and why The Associated, thanks to its 30-year relationship with Jewish groups in Odessa, Ukraine has been able to quickly provide humanitarian aid. 

Vlad Volinsky on WBAL

Ukrainian Emergency Fund 

We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of generosity we have seen from our Baltimore Jewish community and beyond. It is touching and inspiring to see so many people step up and share their support for our brothers and sisters overseas. 100% of donations to the Ukrainian Emergency Fund will go to our overseas partners who are providing humanitarian aid and other emergency assistance. 


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