Special message from our friends at Chabad in Odessa, received May 31, 2022:
תודה רבה רבה על כל העזרה החשובה לקהילה שלנחב״ד אודסה.
בזכות המצרכים שאתם קונים הפירות והירקות, הבייצים והשמן, האורז והמלח וכל
שאר המצרכים החשובים, אנשי הקהילה יכולים לאכל ולשבוע בזמנים קשים אלו.
“To our dear friends of Congregation Sons of Abraham, La Crosse, Wisconsin:
Thank you so very much for all the crucial help for our congregation Chabad of Odessa. Thanks to the necessities you provided — the fruit, the vegetables, the eggs and the oil, the rice and the salt, and all the other vital food items — members of our congregation can eat and be full in these very difficult times.
May you continue to be blessed!”
Friends, local La Crosse resident Olena Belka is a native of Odessa, and a good friend of our member Michelle Hockersmith.
Through her friends and family, Olena has developed a relationship with an Odessa synagogue that is buying food directly for Ukrainian families.
We are starting a fundraising campaign to help them buy food for the Ukrainian refugees. This is the most direct kind of help we can give them. Olena is already contributing thousands of dollars from her own business for this effort.
If you would like more information about the historic synagogue, click on this link:
If you would like to make a donation to help buy food for the refugee families:
Make checks payable to and send: Michelle Hockersmith
Always put “Ukraine” on PayPal or check