Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Have you done anything to demonstrate your support of Ukraine?” Of the 149 people who responded, 53% said, “Yes, I donated money through Federation or another organization,” and a total of 26% said they posted about the situation on social media or had done “something else.” Twenty percent said they had not done anything to show their support.
Thirty people submitted comments. A few follow.
I talked with and supported Ukrainian neighbors.
I donated to both IsraAid and United Hatzalah…and will to JDC today.
I haven’t done anything yet but I do intend to make a donation. I’m trying to make sure that I donate to a legitimate recipient organization.
Jewish tradition tells us what we must do: All of Israel are responsible for one another — kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh — to ensure that Jews have their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter covered. We immediately gave money to the Joint (Joint Distribution Committee) to care for the most vulnerable Jews who had to remain. Next time, we’ll go through our Jewish Federation’s emergency fund to funnel support to the Joint, the Jewish Agency and ORT. Social media can be great. Basic needs require money.
I will be sending money to Federation for this.
I discuss this event with friends and family.
I am utterly sick over the trauma that is going on in the Ukraine. It never occurred to me to donate through the Federation.
I have donated directly to organizations in Kyiv that support the queer Jewish and broader queer communities of Ukraine. They are mounting a most effective on-the-ground effort against the antisemitic and homophobic invasion by Putin’s Russia.
I’ve voiced my heartfelt thoughts about the Ukrainian people, especially the children. I’ve written about the terrible events, and I’ve posted and shared my painted pictures with the help of Pixabay, Splasher and Unsplash. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick