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In mid-2014 Russia invaded Ukraine, taking all of the Crimean peninsula and parts of Eastern Ukraine in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. As a result of the war, Ukraine's currency has lost 2/3 of its value and Ukrainian pensions have also lost 2/3 of their value, leaving the elderly with little to spend on food or medicine.

Action for Post-Soviet Jewry is fortunately in place to provide money, food, clothes, medical supplies, and Jewish connection points to thousands of pensioners. Many of the people helped are Holocaust survivors, elderly and have a variety of physical. emotional and spiritual needs.

What Action PSJ Does

The Warm House

Creates community, Jewish connections and provides a home-cooked nutritious meal for Jewish elderly.


Packages of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and meat, and provides other assistance to isolated Jewish elderly.

Medicine and Clothing

Medicine and donated clothing, shoes and blankets are packed in boxes and shipped to each community ASPJ supports. 

Social Action & Mitzvah Projects

Make nutritional soup bags, (each bag feeds 10 people), collect shoes, clothing, and blankets, help sort and pack boxes and so much more. 

Education, Information and Networking 

Connects you to resources, information, and programs to increase your knowledge and involvement about Jewish life in the FSU.  Including the refusenik era, the pogroms and the Holocaust. 

Connection and Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic 

In an effort to prioritize health, safety, and wellbeing, Action for Post-Soviet Jewry's physical office is currently closed. APSJ staff are working remotely and can be reached electronically. Please send all correspondence by email, (

We are regularly in touch with the communities we serve in Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus to continuity asses the needs in light of the COVID-19 ever-changing realities. While APSJ's operations have shifted, the assistance being provided will need to increase.

APSJ reaches the most vulnerable members in each APSJ's of the communities served. APSJ's Adopt-a-Bubbes and Zaydes are identified as the most high risk of getting the virus. Though many do live alone, which provides unique care challenges, a growing number are living in multi-generational householIds. These households faced extreme economical difficulties prior to the pandemic. With job loss and the overall economic decline, the next few months could become beyond catastrophic.
What we are doing to meet the expanding needs:
Each community APSJ works within has a care coordinator. The care coordinators are still in regular contact with APSJ's Adopt-a-Bubbe and Zayde's, making sure everyone is getting help as needed and to ensure no one feels isolated.

Each community will receive a box with these much-needed supplies. In Ukraine, because of inflation, even if these items are available, they are extremely expensive.
We are purchasing these items to ship:
  • acetaminophen
  • multi-vitamins
  • sugar packets
  • dried soup packets
  • hand soap
  • gloves
  • cleaning supplies
  • sanitizer (if we can find)
What you can do:
  • Practice social/physical distancing
  • Wash your hands--repeat-repeat-repeat
  • Support APSJ expanded efforts with a financial donation
  • Consider making your gift online by credit card, or Wire/ACH transfer (contact Debbie at for assistance).
  • If you do send a check, please know it may take longer than usual for processing.
  • Check the APSJ website for updates (
  • Subscribe to ActionPSJ's e-newsletter for updates. (email to be added
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