Over the past month, our community has responded admirably to the needs of our those facing the upheaval of the war in Ukraine, and for that, we deeply thank you on behalf of all those who you have helped at this crucial moment in time.
What has become apparent as the war continues, however, is that unfortunately this crisis will not be just a moment in time – we now foresee that the needs of those who are fleeing Ukraine will likely stretch on for years and require a much longer-term investment on the part of the world and the Jewish community in particular.
Beth Jacob has chosen to join the Shuls for Ukrainian Jewry campaign - working in conjunction with communities around North America, the OU, RCA, and the National Council of Young Israel - to raise funds in support of these long-term needs. We in the Beth Jacob community have set a goal to contribute $20,000. These funds will allow our trusted partners to assist refugees in Moldova as well as arrange for trucks to provide food to those in harm's way where the needs are extremely acute. Funds raised by this campaign will be distributed directly to partners on the ground working to take care of refugees wherever they are now, and to help them get settled wherever they are going.
As we prepare for our Pesach sedarim, we must be acutely aware that just as we were all once refugees caught between Mitzrayim and a homeland that we had not yet reached, so too there are many Jews today who find themselves adrift. Yet this time, they have us, the wider Jewish community, to provide the help they need as they rebuild their lives.
We know you have already risen to the moment of this crisis with generosity and an open heart – but will you help us once more, this time not just for the moment but for the years to come?