This weekend, Jews celebrate the holiday of Purim. Though the holiday is quite festive and fun, the Purim story – found in the biblical book of Esther – is about a very real time of danger for the Jewish community, and God’s miraculous deliverance of them through a brave young woman.
The Fellowship recently sent emergency funds to help secure and provide for the Jewish community in Ukraine, but we have also been supporting Jews in Ukraine for many years. Here is just one story of a Ukrainian child whose life has been transformed by help from The Fellowship.
"Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it." —Leviticus 6:11–12
Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day!
Not only has Israel long been a model for the just treatment of women, Judaism also offers us some great models of strong, godly women.
The Fellowship’s emergency transfer of funds in response to the crisis in Ukraine has enabled the Federation of Jewish Communities (FJC) in the former Soviet Union to deliver emergency food relief to Ukrainian Jewish communities under siege.
According to FJC representative Rabbi David Mondshine:
“During the past day we were in constant contact with dozens of communities in Ukraine. There are major concerns and there is uncertainty regarding the security and humanitarian situation on the ground.