Aliyah from Ukraine

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3 Mar 2016
Aliyah from Ukraine

With ongoing fighting in the east and a severe nationwide economic recession, the large Jewish population in Ukraine is particularly vulnerable to this rising instability. The Jewish Agency for Israel continues to rely on the ICEJ for vital assistance in rescuing Ukrainian Jews, and ICEJ continues to seek new ways to support the Jewish people in that region and help them come back to Israel.

The Jewish Agency for Israel continues to rely on the ICEJ for vital assistance in rescuing Ukrainian Jews, with our current project divided into three main parts, according to Aliyah Director Howard Flower. Our direct support has helped almost 1,000 Olim make Aliyah since the crisis broke out, at about $750 per person, and our ICEJ laborers on the ground faithfully bring families to Kiev so they may then fly on to Israel. One family that made Aliyah with the help of the ICEJ was Lily and Sergei Krivoruchko from Kremenchug, in Ukraine’s Poltava region.

“We have always accepted that Israel – our small homeland – is the Promised Land for all Jewish people, and we knew that sooner or later we would be there,” they told us. In 2014 the “economic and political situation in Ukraine changed catastrophically,” Sergei added. “The quality of life has dropped significantly and we realized something needs to change.”

Thanks to donations made to ICEJ, the Krivoruchko family received urgently needed transportation assistance to the airport in Kharkov. Without ICEJ’s help, they would been forced to either remain in Ukraine or leave behind nearly everything they owned. This family is very grateful for the support they received from ICEJ’s Christian donors.

“In our world, there are very few good and helpful people,” said Sergei with gratitude for the outpouring of generosity and compassion which they thought was so rare in today's world.

Many more Jews in Ukraine await our help. By making a generous donation to the Aliyah work of ICEJ you can bring those families home to Israel. Donate today: www.icej.org/ukraine

 

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