B’nai B’rith UK is actively engaged in helping Ukrainian citizens facing the most brutal conditions. The BBUK Ukraine Emergency Appeal Funds raised are being put to immediate use.
The Ukraine Emergency Appeal Fund is supporting the Orach Chaim Foundation, which is busing residents out of the city and hopefully into safer destinations. Many of our B’nai B’rith lodge members in Kyiv are sheltering in cellars in fear for their lives and their future.
Funds are being sent to the Moldovan Jewish Community to help it cope with the massive volume of refugees which is quickly overwhelming the local capacity to help. B’nai B’rith UK is coordinating through Moldovan members of the Raoul Wallenberg Lodge.
Vadim Kolotushkin, the president of the Chernivtsi Lodge, is working tirelessly with members of his community and his lodge to provide relief to the vast numbers sheltering in this city in southwestern Ukraine.
Funds are being utilized by the B’nai B’rith Lodge of Bucharest to buy food and other essential items.
Treasurer of B’nai B’rith Romania Marko Katz is driving to Ukraine delivering essentials in a cargo van full of supplies including seven generators, warm clothing, fire extinguishers, lighting equipment, food and medicine.
BBUK is helping evacuate children from the Tikva Children’s Home to safety in Romania. Many of the children have been moved out of the region but due to legalities and the fact that some of them still have parents in Odessa, their future remains uncertain. BBUK has provided shoes to this home for 20 years, making this aspect of aid especially personal.
The Levitas Family
The president and secretary of the B’nai B’rith Kyiv Lodge, along with their daughter, Svetlana, last week escaped to Moldova.
B’nai B’rith Hosting Refugees in the UK
We now have a list of 24 B’nai B’rith members and friends who are prepared to consider hosting refugees in their homes. Lodge members are working through a complex process to make this happen.