Our Stories

A Tale of Love and Darkness in Ukraine

When separatist forces entered Nikita’s small hometown in eastern Ukraine, he was forced to leave behind everything he knew, from JDC community programs to his beloved fiancée. Five hundred miles away in Kiev, he found a home at the city’s Moishe House, a Federation-supported communit…

Ukrainian Winters Are Tough; Tania Is Tougher

Winter in Eastern Europe. The temperature is -27 ˚ F, and snow and ice have closed the roads. But Tania is riding a borrowed horse and sleigh packed with food and supplies from Federation partner JDC for Tatiana and Bronislav. She’ll make this hour-long trek every day because Tatiana and …

Choosing Fun Over Fear in Hungary

Peter Berenyi thinks it’s impossible for Jews in Budapest not to be worried by rising anti-Semitism in Hungary.

But rather than cower in fear, he helps organize Judafest. Supported by Federation partner JDC, Judafest is a public celebration of Jewish culture and tradition that draws tho…

Paying Operation Exodus Forward

Growing up in the Soviet Union, “Jewish” was just a word Michael ben Aharon saw on packages of medicine or food smuggled in by Federation partner JDC. When the seven-year-old and his family escaped during Operation Exodus, they arrived in Israel with nothing but the clothes on their back…

Showing Solidarity with Israel

Tensions are high in Israel. The unpredictable nature of the current situation has forced every Israeli to worry about their personal security and that of their friends, families and neighbors. 

In this difficult time, we’re reaching out to our friends and families in Israel to show o…