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Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ condemns the recent anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine. As has been widely reported in the media, flyers have been distributed in Donetsk, requiring Jews to “register with the Nationalities Commissioner and pay $50 or lose their citizenship and face deportation.”

The National Conference for Soviet Jewry, which advocates on behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia and is one of our overseas partners on the ground, has ascertained that the flyers did not originate from either the Ukrainian government or from Donetsk’s pro-Russian separatists led by Denis Pushilin, whose name appeared on the flyers. The distribution of such flyers by three masked individuals was seemingly an attempt to provoke unrest among the Jewish community by street-level vigilantes.

Clearly, any form of anti-Semitism is reprehensible, regardless of its source, and we condemn these blatant attacks on the Jewish community.

Our Federation has committed a total of $71,000 to Ukraine. This is made possible because of your support of the UJA Annual Campaign.

The Tikva Children’s Home, a partner community in Odessa, has been sent funds for nutrition and security purposes. Cherkassy, another partner community, has received assistance for mental health and other needs. Both directly and through national JFNA and our overseas partners — the JDC, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and ORT — we will continue to provide essential humanitarian assistance to thousands of impoverished Jewish elderly and at-risk children and their families.

As we are in the middle of Passover, we wish everyone a meaningful and joyous holiday. We pray for an end to the political, social and economic crisis affecting the Jewish communities of Ukraine.        April 18, 2014

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