Genealogists Helping Displaced Ukrainians #ukraine

Mark Halpern

Dear Fellow Genealogists:

As you know, Poland has been the main country accepting people displaced as a result of the unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine. Many cities and towns on the border of Ukraine and Poland have been in the news helping their neighbors from Ukraine with shelter, food, clothing, education, and jobs.

While not in our news, the city of Bialystok (one of my ancestral towns) and nearby communities are also helping people from Ukraine with places to live and essentials to sustain these temporary residents. These Ukrainians do not have access to their funds and their Polish caretakers are not being fully reimbursed for their humanitarian efforts. We can help!

A Polish friend asked the Mayor of Bialystok, Tadeusz Truskolaski, how to help. The Mayor provided the name of a local Bialystok Charity - Fundacja Robert Adam. You can see their webpage at Open this URL in Google Chrome and have the website translated to English. One of their projects is "Help for refugees from Ukraine." There are also organizations in other area towns helping displaced Ukraine families.

Please join me in helping the Bialystok region help the displaced Ukraine citizens escaping the indiscriminate Russian attack on their country. For this purpose, I have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser. My promise to you is that all the funds collected will be transferred to Fundacja Robert Adam for "Help for Refugees from Ukraine" and other local charitable organizations also helping Ukraine families.

The GoFundMe webpage is at

I recently read that the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (charitable giving), tzedek (justice) and chesed (mercy or kindness) compel Jews to give to charity and treat people who are less fortunate with compassion.

Be compassionate and give more to help our ancestral towns help the less fortunate.

Mark Halpern
JRI-Poland Bialystok Area Coordinator
Founder of JewishGen's Bialystok Area Research Group
Connected to Jewish Community of Bialystok since 1997