The whole city of Odessa is preparing for the coming winter. Although winter is always a challenging time in the region, the current situation in Ukraine is creating the need for increased preparations across the entire population. The Ukrainian government has stated that the gas supply this winter will be significantly reduced as compared to previous years. In addition, local authorities announced that there will be upcoming power cut-offs across the nations for hours in different regions throughout the region.
Because of this, the whole population of Odessa is working to insulate their homes and prepare for the cold weather ahead. Most families are working to repair cracks and seal windows and doors. In addition, residents are trying to purchase extra devices for heating and hot water. Of course, this challenge will also affect the many Jewish organizations in Odessa. Not having constant electricity will cause challenges with daily function of programs across all organizations. Many organizations are desperately trying to buy generators in order to have constant electricity available; however, purchasing the generators and the necessary fuel will be very expensive.
Despite all these difficulties, Odessans continue to be optimistic. All programs and organizations continue to operate and provide exciting Jewish programming. Winter is not only the time of cold temperatures, but, more importantly, it is also the time of Chanukah and our winter camps. Everybody in the community has already started preparing for large-scale celebration of Chanukah – typically, on each of the eight days, several events are held. Now, we all must dress warmly and get ready to celebrate Chanukah!
To make a truly global impact, The Associated works in conjunction with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to help account for the needs this winter and all year round. The funds received through the Annual Campaign help promote education, social services, arts and culture, leadership, volunteerism and community development initiative in Odessa.