Over the past month, our community has responded admirably to the needs of our Jewish brothers and sisters 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 upon the part of the world and the Jewish community in particular.
Young Israel of Jamaica Estates has chosen to join the Shuls for Ukrainian Jewry campaign - working in conjunction with communities around North America, the OU, RCA, and National Council of Young Israel - to raise funds in support of these long-term needs. We in the YI of Jamaica Estates community have set a goal to contribute $15,000 to provide kosher meals for European Jewish refugee camps. Every cent raised by this campaign will be distributed directly to partners on the ground working to take care of Jewish refugees wherever they are now, and to help them get settled wherever they are going.
As we prepare for our Pesach seders, 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.
Let us continue to rise to this moment of crisis by doing what we can to support our brothers and sisters in their time of need--and may our efforts, together with the efforts of communities all over the nation, lead to the end of this war, and all wars, and a world marked by peace and healing.