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Thanks to the generosity of many of you reading this and a grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, during the crux of the pandemic APSJ managed to send eighteen boxes of much-needed gloves, medicine, food, and personal hygiene and cleaning supplies to communities in Ukraine. The Adopt-a-Bubbe/Zayde program participants were grateful to receive COVID-19 supplies and delighted that their adored Community Care Coordinator delivered the packages. Knowing the supplies were sent with care and concern from the Boston community gave a much-needed spark of hope to these very isolated program participants. Shared here is a letter from one of the recipients, Irina L. from Melitopol. Pictured are moments ranging from the beginning of packing to a sampling of the many individuals and families receiving the supplies. Irina’s letter exemplifies the core of APSJ’s mission: partnering together, person to person, and community to community, to create personal and social support networks


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The COVID-19 rate is increasing throughout Eastern Europe. Ukraine is experiencing some of its highest infection rates. 

The next shipment is being prepared now and will include supplies we were unable to obtain before.

The participants in APSJ Adopt-a-Bubbe/Zayde program remain in strict isolation.  With the economy continuing to downturn and inflation continuing to rise, these items, delivered to their doors provide lifesaving support against COVID-19. 

APSJ continues to pivot to meet the emergency and emerging needs of the communities we care for.


  • Acetaminophen
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Sugar Packets
  • Dried Soup Packets
  • Hand Soap
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Sanitizer 

Your donation to the COVID-19 emergency fund makes this possible.  THANK YOU!


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.
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