Yael Eckstein: Ukraine’s People Are Brave but They Are Running Out of Time


As Ukraine’s situation becomes more volatile and Russia’s invading troops increasingly unleash violence in the country, especially in civilian areas, Yael Eckstein (founder and CEO of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews) shared details and deeply felt concerns.

“The situation is dire. They are strong. They are strong.

We can save lives if we don’t waste a second. — Yael Eckstein

She urgently added, “The children and women are also running out of time.”

Imagine packing your car and running away with your family, only to find that every road is blocked by the sound of air-raid sirens. said Eckstein.

“How long can someone stay in a bomb shelter or a subway?

She also stated that the humanitarian situation was rapidly deteriorating. It’s dire.”

Eckstein reported that Wednesday’s operation was to evacuate Jewish children from danger. We were able to transfer them to another country to allow them to be evacuated to Israel. This is becoming more difficult.”

She said, “Americans might not know that Ukraine has one the largest Jewish communities in all of Europe.” The community has been our partner for more than 30 years. Many Ukrainian Jews are Holocaust survivors, and almost all are descendants of survivors.

On March 2, 2022, civilians walk alongside Ukrainian residents using underground metro stations as bomb shelters in Kyiv. Russia takes control of Kherson, the southern port city in Ukraine. Street battles are raging in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and Kyiv is bracing for a Russian invasion.

She also stated that it was tragic to have survived the Holocaust and then to starve or run out of gas at the border.

According to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, it continues to provide emergency assistance in Ukraine and assists families seeking shelter.

On Wednesday, the group stated that its team was working “round the clock” to make sure all Jewish communities in Ukraine have emergency supplies. They also help families evacuate their homes and provide shelter from missile strikes to get them across the border to safety in neighboring countries.

Valeria Kolchic is a worker at the group’s Kharkiv offices, the second-largest in Ukraine. She shared an update via a group statement. Kolchic stated that she did not have shelter in the building as of several days ago.

She said, “Every time I hear a siren I run to hide at a nearby subway station.”

She said that shootings and airstrikes were taking place in the streets all around her. There is no electricity, no internet. She said that she was afraid of what would happen next, according to the group.

A team member from the Jewish shelter in Kyiv joined another member of the fellowship to join a large group of families who were “waiting to hear what to do next” in the room.

They then began to sing Psalm133, “How good and pleasant is it when brethren dwell together,” and a post-Shabbat prayer called the ‘Havdalah,” the group reported.

Eckstein: “The good news? We know the needs of the people and we still have time to help them.” We have already helped thousands, but there is still much to be done.

She added, “Thank God that generous friends, especially Christians have already provided over $3.3 million to Ukraine’s Jews in the last week.” We are grateful that they have helped us to help them. But, we will need more.

She pointed out that Ukraine is a large country with as many as 200,000 Jews.

Eckstein stated that if “we are going save lives”, there is no second to be wasted.