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February 25, 2022

What's On Our Mind ...

We stand with the people of Ukraine who are bravely fighting against an unjust and unprovoked invasion by the aggressive, tyrannical Putin. The world has already witnessed the devastating consequences when countries’ sovereignty is not respected. Land grabs by neighboring countries are a threat to peace and could lead to the dangerous disintegration of our world order.

The U.S. and its allies must continue to hold the line against authoritarian leaders, like Putin. Under no circumstances can Russia invade Ukraine without swift and harsh punitive actions.

As we watch Russia’s aggression in Ukraine unfold, we are fearful of the impact this is having on their innocent citizens. We are especially concerned about Ukraine’s Jewish community, which dates back more than a thousand years and has faced persecution throughout its history. It is currently the thirteenth largest Jewish community in the world.

Today Ukraine has a Jewish president and prime minister, making it the first state outside of Israel to do so. Nevertheless, history has shown us that during times of intense political conflict and economic uncertainty, Jews are targeted and scapegoated. Antisemitism blooms in unstable environments.

The Ukrainian Jewish community is living under a cloud of fear and uncertainty. As the situation deteriorates, emigration may become the only viable option.

It’s tragic watching Ukrainians scramble to leave their homes, many with nowhere to go. Fortunately, the Jews of Ukraine will not need to be strangers in a strange land if they must flee their war-torn homes. They won’t have to wait for a country to take them in. They will be welcomed in Israel, the only Jewish homeland in the world. That is why we fought so hard to establish the state of Israel and why we continue to do what we can to ensure its survival.

On this Shabbat, we pray for the safety of all Ukrainians. We hope that this conflict will end quickly and that the people and country can return to pursuing their democratic dreams.

Click below to help the Jewish community in Ukraine:

The Joint Distribution Committee Emergency Fund

Project Kesher Emergency Fund


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February 24, 2022

All eyes are on Ukraine today. Russia is overstepping its power onto a sovereign nation.

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In the News

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Israeli officials have been closely following Russia's advance on Ukraine, fearing that President Putin will next target Israel's efforts in Syria and Iran. World powers are close to finalizing the new Iran nuclear deal, alarming Israel. In a major first, a female Arab Knesset member will head an Israeli diplomatic mission in Shanghai.


Roblox, a kids’ computer game, faces criticism for rife antisemitism. The platform just removed a virtual Nazi concentration camp. Leaders of Arizona’s Jewish community are suing the state to prevent it from using Zyklon B in executions, which the Nazis used to gas Jews. Dozens of U.S. cities, including Colleyville, Texas, have been inundated with antisemitic flyers.

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As the Supreme Court weighs abortion rights, more states are pushing 15-week bans. In the early years after the Roe v. Wade decision, anti-choice rhetoric in Texas laid the foundation for abortion restrictions to come. If Roe falls, lawmakers could restrict birth control next.


The Supreme Court will hear a case on whether businesses can refuse services to LGBTQ+ customers. The DOJ will support a Florida transgender student's case to use the bathroom of his gender identity. Florida passed the 'Don't Say Gay' bill that would prohibit "classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity."

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Ukraine’s Jews fear massive upheaval with Russia’s invasion. A study found that firearms overtook car crashes as the single largest cause of traumatic death in the U.S. Read about Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden's nominee to join the Supreme Court.


State courts in Pennsylvania and North Carolina finalized their Congressional redistricting, with the new maps favoring Democrats. A study found that a quarter of Republicans believe central views of the QAnon conspiracy movement. Courting the GOP’s mainstream and extreme branches, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) plots his rise to the speaker of the House.

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A new Instagram account tells the story of New Yorker Judith Kaplan, America’s first-ever bat mitzvah. A documentary explores the Jews of the Wild West. After 25 years on PBS, look back at the top five Jewish moments of “Arthur.”

The Last Word

“For too long, our government and our courts haven’t looked like America. I believe it’s time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation."

President Biden, on nominee to the Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson


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