Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association join countless nations and faith communities around the world in condemning the unprovoked and brutal Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
Reconstructionist congregations are part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), which is also home to ten Ukrainian synagogues. We hold them, the entire Ukrainian Jewish community, and all the people of Ukraine in our hearts.
For those who would like to provide financial assistance to members of the Jewish community in Ukraine during this time of uncertainty and peril, the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) has set up a Ukraine Crisis Fund. Also, Project Kesher, a pluralistic Jewish organization that works in Ukraine and focuses on empowering women leaders, has set up an emergency fund for Jewish women and their families in Ukraine.
We close with a poem and a prayer for Ukraine.
You can read Hila Ratzabi’s poem We See You: For Ukraine at this link. Hila is Director of Virtual Content & Programs at Ritualwell, a project of Reconstructing Judaism.
Finally, here is A Prayer for Ukraine by Joanne Fink:
Holy One, Source of Strength,
War has begun, and innocent people are dying.
We ask Your protection for Ukraine and its citizens.
We pray for their safety and the security of the country,
and for the neighboring countries—Hungary, Poland, and Rumania, among others—
that have opened their borders to provide humanitarian corridors
and safe passage for all those who wish to evacuate.
We seek the comfort of believing that everything will be all right,
even in the face of insurmountable odds.
Quiet the fears that threaten to deafen us; grant us Shleimut—the inner peace we so desperately seek. Help us remain calm and reach out to those in need.
May this horrific situation be diffused swiftly with minimal casualties.
Bless our world leaders with the ability to work together for the greater good,
and the wisdom to make wise decisions during this turbulent time.
Bless the people of all nations with the desire, strength and courage
to create a world based on justice and filled with peace.
May the words of Isaiah 2:4:
“Nation shall not lift up sword against nation;
neither shall they learn war anymore”
become true in our day— in this very hour.
Source of Goodness, shine Your healing light on us
and all those in the Ukraine we hold in our hearts.
Shelter us, shield us, show us the path to peace.
And let us say: Amen.