MARIANNA AND VALERIYA: SURVIVING IN UKRAINE

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medic...

Six-year-old Valeriya shares a dilapidated apartment in Odessa with her mother and grandmother. Winter boots, coal for heating, as well as food, medical and school supplies provided by Federation CJA’s international partner organizations are crucial to the family’s survival, especially during Ukraine’s harsh winter months.

“Our family life has not been easy. The situation in Ukraine has now made it even more difficult,” says Marianna. “Fortunately, the Jewish community makes sure I’m not alone — even under these circumstances.”

As the political situation has deteriorated, this assistance has been even more important for the tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews in the region, many of whom have been displaced by the crisis.

When crisis strikes around the world, Federation CJA provides direct help to those who need it most. Through our international partners, more than 65,000 at-risk Jews across Ukraine received emergency assistance last year.

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THANK YOU FROM ELIEZER

The one-bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria shared by Eliezer and his grandparents was much too small for a family of three — but that’s the real...

The one-bedroom apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria shared by Eliezer and his grandparents was much too small for a family of three — but that’s the reality of being poor in a struggling city. With the help of Federation CJA’s international partners, Eliezer immersed himself in an intensive science track at school and finished at the top of his class. Unfortunately, Bulgaria’s bleak economy didn’t give Eliezer much hope for a future. And so, he sought a way out.

At 16, he was accepted to an elite scholarship program in Israel for promising students in science and technology who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Today, he and Jewish teens from around the world live and study together in Israel. “I want a better future, and I want to get a better education,” says Eliezer. “Here in Israel, it’s the right place.”



Whether connecting people to the Jewish community, responding to crisis at a moment’s notice, or caring for the critical needs of a fellow jew, Federation CJA’s impact stretches from Montreal to Israel to over 70 countries around the world.

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THANK YOU FROM MARIANNA

Marianna loves to perform and practice music at the JCC in Mariupol, a city of about 500,000 people in southeastern Ukraine. But, Marianna's mother El...

Marianna loves to perform and practice music at the JCC in Mariupol, a city of about 500,000 people in southeastern Ukraine. But, Marianna's mother Elena is unemployed, and her father Leonid struggles to provide for his family on his small salary. The family of three lives on $260 a month, and with the economic uncertainty throughout Ukraine, the family's financial circumstances are shaky.

Last month, happy and healthy Marianna was hospitalized after a stroke. When Leonid and Elena found themselves unable to pay for their daughter's growing medical expenses, we were able to step in through our international partners. Now Marianna is getting the help she and her family desperately need.

Last year, Federation CJA provided over $5 million in international funding to help Jews, like Marianna, in Israel and around the world.

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