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A Hard Winter is Coming for Ukrainian Jews

September 23, 2022


A Note from Jonathan Bernis

Shalom, my friend!

I pray God’s blessings over you. And I also pray that no matter what you’re facing right now, you will respond like the Psalmist who says, “Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.” (Psalm 5:2 NIV)

Wether you’re experiencing an overwhelming burden, a personal crisis or even a challenging decision amid uncertainty – cry out to God for help. 

The greatest hope we have is that God hears the cries of His people. And that He is in control of every situation. He wants you to call to Him. He’s eager to hear from you. 

And as you pray today, please continue to pray for the work and ministry we share at Jewish Voice as well as the news headlines shared below. Pray for God to open more doors to share the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus) with the Jewish people in poverty stricken and wartime communities around the world.

Thank you for standing with us through your partnership.

To the Jew first and to the Nations,

Jonathan Bernis

President & CEO

Jewish Voice Ministries International

Headline News 

Aid and Supplies Desperately Needed in Decimated Towns Near Kiev 

Ynet News reports that the initial rush of private donations have drastically plummeted alongside frigid temperatures in Kiev. Concerns are rising as winter approaches for Ukrainian Jews. 

Many Jewish households – especially the elderly Jews – are becoming increasingly nervous about how to cover basic costs as energy prices rise across Ukraine and as the winter months approach.

According to Ynet News, there is a growing need for the more than 37,000 Jewish households across Ukraine at a cost of nearly $3 million a month. [2] 

Jewish Voice Ministries alongside the lifesaving financial support from our partners, continues to help provide relief through local churches and Messianic Jewish congregations in Kiev.

To aid in the relief of Ukrainian Jews in His name go to today.

Updates from the Middle East

Defying Warnings, Jews Embark on Ukraine Pilgrimage

Thousands of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews have vowed to brave the dangers of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and make a pilgrimage to the city of Uman during the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. The vows come after multiple warnings from Israeli officials about the dangers and risks of visiting an active war zone. It is estimated that over 30,000 visitors, mostly from Israel, typically visit the city of Uman and the burial place of Rabbi Nachman, the 18th-century founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Lufthansa Becomes First Airline to Adopt IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism

The German Lufthansa airline announced last week that it would adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA’s) working definition of anti-Semitism, holding that hatred toward Israel is anti-Semitic. The announcement comes after the airline barred a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers from boarding a flight back in May, resulting in a firestorm of outrage from Jewish people in the United States and across Europe.

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