As the threat of an imminent invasion by Russia grows stronger, Rabbi Marc Baker, president and chief executive officer of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) announced this week a $110,000 emergency grant for the Jewish community in Dnipro, Ukraine. The funds, which will support critical food, shelter and energy needs, are being sent directly to the Jewish community of 40,000 people in Dnipro as well as through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, supporting efforts around Ukraine.
“We are in close contact with our partners on the ground in Dnipro, including Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki, chief rabbi of Dnipro, who leads the Jewish community and who tells us this emergency aid is absolutely critical as food and energy prices already are soaring in anticipation of a Russian invasion,” said Rabbi Baker. “Our sense of Jewish community – and our desire to help others – isn’t limited by borders and geography. Dnipro is a community with whom we have shared a relationship for more than 30 years. They are experiencing a crisis and they need to know their friends here in Boston, and around the world, will be by their side now and in the future.”
CJP and the Greater Boston Jewish community have been in partnership with the Jewish community of Dnipro since 1990. Through its Dnipro Kehillah Project, which includes targeted programs and grant support, CJP has helped to build a thriving Jewish community since the fall of the former Soviet Union.
“Recent developments in the region indicate the very real threat of a Russian invasion,” said Baker. “This is of great concern to those of us here in Boston who work closely with our friends in Ukraine.”
Juan Gilces Coronel, CJP’s manager of Israel and Global Jewry, notes that Dnipro is particularly vulnerable given its geographic location near the eastern border with Russia. Rabbi Kaminezki and others on the ground report the ongoing tension is already taking a toll on the socioeconomic situation in Ukraine.
“Recent developments in the region indicate the very real threat of a Russian invasion,” said Gilces Coronel. “This is of great concern to those of us here in Boston who work closely with our friends in Ukraine. This is why we have taken immediate steps to release these emergency grants for our friends in Dnipro.”