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Jewish Federations establishes fund for Ukrainian Jews

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Posted on Mar. 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

A Ukrainian serviceman walks out of a Ukrainian military base with uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, on March 6. Photo byVasily Fedosenko/Reuters

A Ukrainian serviceman walks out of a Ukrainian military base with uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, on March 6. Photo byVasily Fedosenko/Reuters

The Jewish Federations of North America has launched a Ukraine Assistance Fund.

The money raised by the umbrella group will be used to provide security for Jewish institutions and offer assistance to individuals as the country faces turmoil sparked by its recent revolution and the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

“As the situation escalates, needs in the Ukrainian Jewish community become even more acute,” said Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations’ board of trustees.

Ukraine has an estimated 300,000 Jews, many of whom live in poverty.

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