In addition to our work with international partners, Jewish Agency for Israel and the JDC, CJF's Israel and Overseas Committee (IOC) selects specific global and Israeli nonprofits that support struggling communities worldwide, respond to crises, promote a pluralistic Israeli society, and create living bridges with the people of Israel.
This year, because of our connection to Prague through our Parntership 2Gether initiative, we elected to support our sister city of Prague, Czech Republic in their efforts to provide essential care for Ukrainian refugees living in their city.
From Petr Papoušek, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic:
Thanks to you we can provide accommodation to the most vulnerable of the refugees - a place where they can live without a fear for their safety, security or lack of basic utilities. Additionally, your contributions enabled us to provide meals to the families who recently arrived to Prague as the aerial strikes on the Ukrainian energetic infrastructure have intensified in the last several months.
The Jewish community in Prague is currently coordinating support for more than 100 Ukrainian refugees. The foremost help is to secure accommodation and food, but also to assist them with documentation at the authorities, provide psychological assistance, arrange Czech language lessons, schooling for children and a general integration into the Czech and Jewish community.
To learn more about CJF's Israel and Overseas Committee or Parntership 2Gether, contact Erin.