Jewish Pittsburgh, through annual support of the Jewish Federation’s Community Campaign, has supported Ukraine relief that is stunning.
Commitments to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Campaign — over decades and combined with resources from other Federations — helped overseas partners create infrastructure that provided the swift, efficient and courageous outreach described below.
In the last three months, Jewish Pittsburgh, in partnership with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency for Israel and others:
- Fielded 54,000+ calls through our vast Hesed social welfare network and 24/7 emergency hotline system — key volunteer efforts coordinated in partnership with local Jewish communities in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Poland, Moldova, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Slovakia.
- Provided 36,000+ refugees with vital necessities, like food, medicine, and psychosocial support. JDC volunteers are often the first sign of safety and hope for refugees arriving in neighboring countries.
- Evacuated 12,600+ Jews fleeing violence in Ukraine. JDC is still coordinating complex rescue operations for those escaping war, arranging transport and accommodation for evacuees, as well as organizing special medical transport for elderly individuals unable to journey in standard vehicles.
- Delivered 300+ tons of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Jews in Ukraine and those who have fled to Moldova, including crucial essentials like food and medicine.
- Hosted 6,600+ refugees and local community members at communal Passover seders across Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Hungary, while providing nearly 16 tons of matzah to tens of thousands of Jews remaining in Ukraine.
- Aided 7,200+ refugees at JDC-NATAN, a 24/7 medical clinic set up in Poland’s largest humanitarian aid center – just eight miles from the Ukraine border. JDC has also delivered hundreds of wheelchairs and crutches to those with disabilities, as well as telemedicine devices that can provide medical care to thousands of sick and injured Ukrainians.