Jewish Federation leaders prepare to visit Poland and Ukrainian border next week

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SALT LAKE CITY — The United Jewish Federation of Utah is mobilizing to help those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Two leaders of the federation are preparing to travel next week to the Polish-Ukrainian border.

One of them is Alex Shapiro, executive director of the United Jewish Federation of Utah. Shapiro says they will be joined by a small group of about 20 people from across the country, who are part of the Jewish Federation system.

He says they have collected donations in several places to supply the Ukrainian refugees when they arrive there.

“I have a feeling we’re going to be buying a lot of extra suitcases to take with us, I’m sure we’ll be taking between three, four and five hundred pounds of supplies with us,” Shapiro said.

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Shapiro says they will fly Monday afternoon to Warsaw, Poland. They will arrive in Poland on Tuesday afternoon and begin their programming and engagement.

Tuesday evening they will fly to the border region and spend Wednesday understanding the impact and engaging with families and refugees.

“Our community has grown stronger and we’ve raised over $265,000 from approximately 200 donors,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro says 150 Jewish federations across the country have raised $30 million to help move into Ukraine and neighboring countries where refugees are settling or resettling.

The Jewish community in Ukraine numbered around 200,000 before the war. Shapiro says 40,000 of those people were receiving ongoing care through Jewish agencies and their partners on the ground in Ukraine.

“Our community has grown stronger and we’ve raised over $265,000 from approximately 200 donors,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro says 150 Jewish federations across the country have raised $30 million to help move into Ukraine and neighboring countries where refugees are settling or resettling.

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Carol Levy is a board member of the federation and a board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

“While JDCS’ main goal is to help struggling Jews, we have helped thousands of non-Jews who have come to us and need help getting on buses, need help, need a bed to sleep in when crossing the border,” Levy said.

McGillis School in Salt Lake City is one of the places collecting donations.

Jim Brewer, the school’s principal, says the students and their families have donated canned food and hygiene products to the federation to distribute when they get there.

“It’s just a great time for us to realize that this is a time where we can help out and have an impact,” Brewer said.

For Shapiro, part of that impact is seeing the situation unfold in Ukraine, first-hand.

“It’s just a great time for us to realize that this is a time where we can help out and have an impact,” Brewer said.

Shapiro tells FOX 13 News that they collect donations from four different locations:

  • The McGillis school
  • Congregation Kol Ami
  • Jewish community center
  • Har Shalom Temple in Park City

Donations will be collected until Sunday morning.


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