Christian-Jewish aid group increases support for beleaguered Ukrainian Jews

( The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has announced an increase in support to $10 million for Ukraine’s beleaguered Jewish community amid the violence and political upheaval.

IFCJ's Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with Jewish students in Ukraine. Credit: IFCJ/Eva Geller

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of IFCJ, made the announcement during a visit with Ukraine’s Jewish community in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital.

“For months now we have received repeated and increasingly urgent requests from Jewish leaders in Ukraine, desperate because of the worsening economic plight and escalating safety concerns, pleading with us for immediate additional help,” Eckstein stated. 

“Many Jewish schools, orphanages, and other institutions are on lockdown, with Jews afraid even to walk outside for fear of becoming victims of attack. Needs are growing astronomically as this crisis continues and more and more Jews have fallen into desperate circumstances,” he said.

IFCJ recently sent an emergency relief package of $2 million to Ukraine’s Jewish community.

Eckstein thanked Christians throughout the world for coming to the need of Ukraine’s Jews.

“I am so grateful that our donors, Christians in North America and around the world, are quick to show their deep love for the Jewish people,” he said.

Founded in 1983, IFCJ promotes understanding between Jews and Christians. The group has raised more than a billion dollars, mostly from Christian donors, for Jewish immigration, social programs in Israel, and struggling Jewish communities around the world.

Posted on March 13, 2014 .