“I’ve traveled around Ukraine for a few days, and I see a lot of suffering,” Shimon Sabag posted on Facebook on February 27.

Sabag is head of the Yad Ezer L’Haver (Helping Hand to a Friend) organization of Haifa. He and other volunteers are distributing food to the Jewish community and to displaced Ukrainians at border crossings.

Other Israeli organizations providing medical, psychosocial and other forms of humanitarian aid to refugees and relief workers in Ukraine and bordering countries include SmartAID, IsraAID, United Hatzalah, Rescuers Without Borders and NATAN International Humanitarian Aid.

In addition, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV international development agency is sending three flights with 100 tons of supplies to Poland for transfer to Ukraine, including 17 tons of medical equipment and medicine. Water purification systems, tents, blankets, sleeping bags and coats are also on their way from the ministry.

Sabag said that Yad Ezer L’Haver brought a truck full of food from Odessa and are distributing it in Lviv, Kyiv and other places in the war zone where food and supplies are running low.

“I felt immense Jewish pride that after 77 years that no one helped the Jews during the Holocaust we came to help the Ukrainian people in their difficult time,” he posted.

Shimon Sabag of Yad Ezer L’Haver, left, and Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky. Photo courtesy of Shimon Sabag

Yad Ezer L’Haver was founded in the 1990s to provide aid to families in need and children at risk in Haifa. The organization now runs soup kitchens, a children’s home and an assisted-living facility for impoverished Holocaust survivors, among other services.