Jewish community of Vienna mobilises to assist refugees

The Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG Wien), together with many organisations and individual members of the community, is currently providing immediate assistance for families who have fled to Vienna.

In addition to housing, donations of money and goods are also needed.

In order to coordinate all existing activities and care for the refugees in Vienna, a coordination meeting was held on 1 March, where representatives of numerous Jewish organisations in Vienna and members who are in contact with people on the ground gathered to join efforts.

Accommodation and supplies in Vienna

In the past few days, the first families from Ukraine have already arrived in Vienna. They were accommodated in flats and hotels provided by community members. Thanks to private donors, a building is being provided where up to 50 refugee families will be housed immediately upon arrival and will receive kosher meals from the Maimonides Centre.

As the need for accommodation is expected to increase significantly as early as next week the IKG has called community members who can provide housing to make this known.

The charity Tmicha has set up a donation page to provide the necessary financial means for the initial aid.

Immediate measures of the IKG Wien

Together with all the institutions of the religious community and the associations, a comprehensive offer of help for refugees is being put together, from German courses to school classes in Russian, psychosocial support through ESRA, meals from the Maimonides Centre and much more.

  • Legal and social counselling as well as mental health care is provided by our psychosocial centre ESRA.
  • A school class in Russian will be set up at the ZPC school for the fled children from Ukraine who arrive in Austria
  • The JBBZ will offer German courses for refugees
  • Children’s clothing and toys, mediation via the “Gmach

More information on aid for refugees in Ukraine and border countries can be found here.


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