Richmond Delegation Joins National JFNA Mission to Ukraine
Sunday, June 14, Richmond, VA - Five Richmond Jewish community leaders, representing the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR), pack their bags and head to the airport. Filled with anticipation and hope, they begin a journey of a lifetime.
These dedicated volunteers and professionals are participating in a week-long mission to the Ukraine to experience, first-hand, the challenges facing the war-torn nation’s 350,000 Jews. This crisis speaks to the most fundamental reasons why Jewish Federations are so critical: We do not turn away. We make a difference.
During this period of calm, the delegation will see how dollars raised by the Jewish Federation movement are helping the community survive. One of the main ways that Federations help Ukrainian Jews is by providing money to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), one of the world's most respected international relief agencies.
As part of their intense itinerary, the delegation will visit JDC-run sites and talk to Jews whose lives have been disrupted and who are being supported by JDC.
Mark Sisisky - Executive Committee Member of JDC; Member of JDC Board of Directors and Honorary Vice President of JCFR
Richard Samet - JCFR President & Attorney
Zach Sisisky - JCFR Board Member; Founder & Director – Richmond Autism Connection
Michal Coffey - A Susan & Mark Sisisky JDC Global Enrichment Fellow, Richmond Jewish Foundation; Director, VCU Campus Learning Center
Matt Langsam - Assistant Executive Director JCFR
*Our Richmond delegation makes up over 10% of the total mission and are part of a national mission headed by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
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