Photo Credit: JDC
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Alena Druzhynina (wearing white helmet) in the Independence Square area of Kiev where she was bringing a package of food to 82-year-old Mahail Solomonovich, who was home-bound since the worst of the violence began.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have announced a joint initiative to help impoverished elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union.

The two organizations have launched a four-year, $52 million project to bring desperately needed food and medical supplies to needy Jews in eastern Europe.

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The aid will be delivered through JDC’s local service network in the various FSU nations.

The IFCJ has arranged flights to Israel for hundreds of Jews from Ukraine over the past year, in addition to providing them with small assistance grants when they arrive as well.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.