February 23, 2022 - Russian aggression is a threat to Ukraine’s democracy, its independence, and to a stable Europe and global community. We are deeply concerned about the potential for military action and the resulting loss of life spurred by Vladimir Putin’s seemingly insatiable desire to fulfill his vision of a new Russian empire. The fact that Ukraine’s fragile democracy could be subsumed by the kind of malevolent acquisitiveness common in Europe’s past is heartbreaking. We also know from history that in such circumstances, the Jewish community tends to be a target for particular violence, and we are fearful of such an outcome here as well.
We appreciate the ongoing efforts of President Biden, Vice President Harris, and other world leaders, including the strong statements from members of the UN Security Council, who are working to avert bloodshed and thwart Putin’s goals. And we will continue to support steps to strengthen Ukrainian democracy and secure the well-being of Ukraine’s Jewish community. Those wishing to support the individuals and communities within Ukraine’s Jewish population can do so through the World Union’s Ukraine Crisis Fund.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
President, Union for Reform Judaism
Jennifer Brodkey Kaufman
Chair, North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Hara Person
Chief Executive, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Lewis Kamrass
President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Sergio Bergman
President, World Union for Progressive Judaism
Chair, World Union for Progressive Judaism
Cantor Claire Franco
President, American Conference of Cantors
Chief Operating Officer, American Conference of Cantors