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Ukraine Emergency Relief

Here are some suggestions about how you can help with the crisis in Ukraine. 



Temple Emanu-El's Welcome Circle for Ukrainian Refugees


Temple Emanu-El has always offered help to refugees and others who are strangers here in Canada. We are proud of our long history of helping those fleeing for their lives, and the story of Passover reminds us that this is our story too.

Temple Emanu-El's Welcome Circle will help a Ukrainian family get settled in Toronto under the guidance of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Society (JIAS).

It's different this time! We do not have to fund the family's settlement, but each person needs to complete a Volunteer Application Form . This form is quite extensive and asks about your availability, your skills, and the areas in which you want to help. But this is just a starting point. Once Temple Emanu-El is assigned a family to help, we will coordinate the tasks among ourselves.

Thank you to those who have already offered to participate. We need a few more people to round out our group, including those who speak or understand Ukrainian and/or Russian.

How to join our Welcome Circle:

  1. Please complete the Volunteer Application Form HERE. (Note: There is a place on the form to indicate that you are part of a group from Temple Emanu-El).
  2. Please let Nina Diamond know that you have submitted the volunteer application form:
  3. We will soon gather online as a group to prepare to welcome our Ukrainian family.


Other Ways to Help:

  • DONATE: Click HERE to donate and choose "JIAS Ukraine Crisis Newcomer Fund". Your donation will help JIAS in its work to resettle Ukrainian refugees in Toronto.
  • LEARN MORE: JIAS Toronto has launched a Ukraine Update page and Knowledge Hub on their website. These pages will be updated regularly. 
  • SPREAD THE WORD: Follow JIAS Toronto on Facebook and Instagram and help share important information.



Other Initiatives Around Our Community


World Union For Progressive Judaism • Ukraine Crisis Fund

In the light of the recent conflict on the Ukrainian border, the World Union for Progressive Judaism has launched the Ukraine Crisis Fund. The WUPJ is asking people from all over the world to make donations towards the support of the Jewish community in Ukraine.

Money will be spent on individuals and communities to ensure their safety and well-being.

If the conflict escalates further, your money will become crucial and necessary help for many people. If the tension eases, the fund will be spent on the development of the progressive Jewish community in Ukraine.

To donate and receive a Canadian tax receipt, donate to the Canadian Friends of the World Union For Progressive Judaism:

  • Click HERE
  • Choose "WUPJ Ukraine Fund" under "Apply your donation to a fund set up by this charity."




UJA Federation of Greater Toronto • Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund

Ukraine’s 200,000 Jews face a humanitarian crisis. UJA’s partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency, are already on the ground providing critical and life-saving support, but more relief will be needed in the coming weeks. Your generous gift to UJA’s Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund will be invested in further humanitarian relief, action to protect lives and increase security within the Ukrainian Jewish community, and evacuation from conflict zones.

To donate, click HERE.


JNF Canada • Support Ukrainian Orphans in Israel

First, they lost their parents. Then they lost their home. 

This week, over 100 Ukrainian orphans, ages 2-18, travelled through Romania and safely arrived in Israel. Traumatized, and with little more than the clothes on their backs, these at-risk children and their caregivers recently arrived at the Nes Harim Field and Forest Education Center near Jerusalem. They plan to stay here for at least a month of acculturation, learning, and healing. We’re on a mission to return the smiles to their little faces and a sense of security and wellbeing to their hearts. 

This Purim, these orphans need your help.  

Your donation will help us provide them with: Toys, balls, and games, bicycles, sundries and personal hygiene items, playpens and car seats, field trips, evening entertainment/performers, computers and more.

JNF Canada will be sending funds immediately as the need is urgent. Please join us in our Purim appeal.

To donate, click HERE.



Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyar 5782