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Jews in Ukraine are caught in the war. They need your help!

Please donate to help those stuck in Ukraine get to safety. Together with you, we can save them.

Women and children refugees fleeing the Russian invasion from Ukraine board a bus to Warsaw in Przemysl, Poland, March 1, 2022 (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Women and children refugees fleeing the Russian invasion from Ukraine board a bus to Warsaw in Przemysl, Poland, March 1, 2022 (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

As the conflict intensifies in Ukraine, the line between military field hospitals and civilian treatment centers has become blurred. The critical care needs of wounded soldiers often take precedence over almost all other care, and in many cases, civilians with serious health concerns are being shown the door. There simply aren’t enough resources to care for them as the country descends into chaos.

That’s precisely what happened to Natalia, a Jewish woman, and Yulia, her 5-year old daughter, according to Shlomo Rosilio, founder and director of Ukraine Hatzalah.

Yulia was suffering and bed-bound from edema, a condition that causes massive swelling from excess fluid retention. Not only can edema be painful, but it can also progress into serious health concerns if not properly treated. It is often accompanied by weakness and shortness of breath, symptoms that can become deadly when you’re fleeing falling shells.

The army requisitioned the Uzgarod hospital where Yulia was being treated to make room for wounded servicemen. This left Natalia and her 5-year old daughter, who was in desperate need of medical care, with nowhere to turn as the terrifying sounds of the approaching front lines, gunshots and explosions, grew louder.

Natalia asked various humanitarian agencies and local clinics for help, but most were either shuttered or completely overwhelmed. Unable to find help, she was finally referred to Hatzalah Ukraine and found the help she needed.

Established in 2014 during Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Hatzolah Ukraine is that Jewish community’s premier humanitarian aid organization. According to Rosilio, the organization is now helping tens of thousands of Jews stuck in unimaginable situations since the Russian invasion began.

Among them was Yulia. Hatzalah managed to scrape together enough money to transfer her and her mother to a hospital in Odessa, where she was stabilized. Later, when that hospital was also commandeered by Ukrainian forces, Hatzalah again used its limited resources to transfer Yulia to a hospital over the border in Moldova, where she is now being treated by professional medical staff and hopefully safe from this expanding conflict.

Unfortunately, Hatzalah does not have enough money to help everyone.

Organizing hospital transports in a warzone, which can cost $3,000, is difficult enough for aid groups like Hatzalah, but fundraising is simply not something they can deal with right now.

That’s why the Avior organization decided to relieve them of the burden, stepping up to handle the fundraising side of rescuing Ukrainian Jews. This allows Hatzalah to focus on what they do best – saving Jewish lives in Ukraine.

Natalia’s story is just one out of thousands, according to Rosilio.

And this is the reason why they are now reaching out not only to Jews across the globe but also to friends of the Jewish people all around the world.

Can you help get Ukraine’s Jewish community the food, medical care, and evacuation resources they need? Please help them by donating whatever you can to Avior today.

You can’t stop the war, but you can save some of its most vulnerable victims.

Click here to donate to Avior today.

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