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'Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' declares the Lord. ∼ Zechariah 2:6
With the current situation in the Ukraine, the Jewish people are now listening more than ever to the call to return to Israel - the land of their forefathers. We have encouraged them for almost 25 years to leave the land of the north and go to the Promised Land. Now it is time for the Jews to choose for Israel! Not for Europe or Russia, but for the land given to them by the G'd of Israel.
Please pray for the situation in the Ukraine, for the Jewish people, for the churches and for the local people.
The average cost of one person is € 135 / US $ 150
Provide shelter/accommodation for Jewish refugees
Refugees stay between 2 up to 6 weeks in different 'shelters' all over the Ukraine. Christian Aliyah organizations pays for their accommodation until the moment they will make aliyah.
The average costs to accommodate one refugee between 2-6 weeks is € 300 / US $ 325
Total average amount per person: € 200 / US $ 225.
We pack and distribute thousands of food parcels for poor Jewish families and refugees all over the Ukraine. This is really a great help especially in these uncertain times.
One food parcel cost € 10 / US $ 12.
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From the Akselrod familiy.. Dear Christians for Israel staff. My name is Igor Akselrod. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Christians for Israel, its director and all staff for their help with the food parcels. More than a year ago my wife and I left Donetsk and moved to Mariupol. Needless to explain how difficult the current situation in Donetsk is. After much deliberation we decided to leave everything behind.
When Elena was telling me her story, her eyes were moist with tears. Memories about the events back in 2014, when the war in Ukraine broke out, are still extremely vivid for her. But the story of the Gerashenko family starts long before, 30 years ago in Donetsk (Eastern Ukraine) - with the marriage between Sergei and Elena. It was a beautiful young Jewish family – he was a teacher of history and she just finished her medical studies and was looking for a job as a physician. Then followed the birth of their first child, a cute curly-headed girl Ira.
We are in Chernovtsy, a Ukrainian city close to the Moldavian border. A city where before the Second World War around 50,000 Jews used to live, half of the population. They had a vibrant Jewish life. Today, there are only 1,300 Jews left. Most of the others were killed during the Holocaust. The horrors of the Holocaust in Ukraine cannot be described in words. The story goes that the screaming and yelling of the Jews that were murdered and abused in Chernovtsy chilled the inhabitants to the bone, so that out of desperation they started ringing the church bells, to overrule the death screams.
On the first of March, 2017 a new group is supposed to come to the region of the Jordan Valley. We expect twelve families to arrive, but one of them just called and cancelled their aliyah. Fyodor and Maria Pastuh live in Slavyansk, in the East of Ukraine. With the escalation of the war which is happening now (started on the 29th of January) the Pastuh family is totally cut off from the other parts of Ukraine.
The Goldman family escaped from Donetsk in 2014, two days after the railways were bombed and destroyed. The only way to get out of the military zone was to go through three check points. Vladimir and Ilana took their kids Ksenia and Oleg and went to Harkov (Eastern Ukraine). In Harkov they decided to go to Russia. Did you think of making Aliyah back then in 2014? “At that time we didn't have time for preparing all the documents, first we had to run from the danger so after some days we found ourselves in the city of Moscow.”
Shalom dear friends. Due to the extreme and prolonged cold in Ukraine, the poor Jewish families in particular are enduring difficult times. For this reason, Christians for Israel has decided to organize additional emergency aid in order to raise funds for extra food parcels. Because of the ongoing civil unrest and the violence of the last few years, life is very difficult for the Ukrainian people. The local currency (the hryvnia) has dramatically dropped in value due to the economic downturn. People living on benefits or a small pension can barely make ends meet because of this. The choices they have to make are heartbreaking. Wil I buy a meal or medicine?
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