AMJF is facilitating the establishment of a Consortium of Ukrainian and Moldovan Academic Institutions. The purpose of this Consortium is to prepare for reconstruction by cultivating dynamic cooperative partnerships in the areas of academics, education, mental health, and business development, fostering mutual understanding and collaboration between the institutions, and promoting closer ties between the peoples of the United States, Ukraine, and Moldova. The Consortium also provides a transparent and effective platform for import and distribution of humanitarian aid.
The American Multinational Jewish Federation collaborates with its partners in Ukraine and Moldova to distribute essential supplies and initiate programs that cater to the needs of displaced individuals, vulnerable communities, and other individuals affected by the war. AMJF’s local NGO partners assess the requirements of the affected people and submit requests for supplies, which are subsequently transferred to the partner NGO to distribute amongst its beneficiaries.
The following are examples of activities from our partners.
Consortium of Ukrainian and Moldovan Academic Institutions
Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management Course
The American Multinational Jewish Federation sponsored Dr. Marc Siegel to teach the 2023 fall semester at Odesa National Technical University (ONEU) in Odesa, Ukraine. Dr. Siegel tailored his MBA course in Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management to meet the specific needs of Ukrainian universities, following an invitation from the Rector of ONEU. Beyond ONEU’s classrooms, the sessions were broadcast via Zoom to faculty and staff at Kherson National Technical University and Khmelnytskyy National University.
The course delved into the latest concepts of Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management applicable to both businesses and non-governmental organizations. Emphasizing adherence to international best practices, the curriculum aimed to equip students for the transition to Western European and United States business standards. The overarching goal was to provide students and faculty with a comprehensive understanding of operational and organizational risk management, emphasizing the significance of resilience in today’s dynamic business landscape. Student teams presented their final projects on various aspects of risk management which interested them the most.
Risk Management Training at Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
The American Multinational Jewish Federation sponsored and led workshops on “Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management” at the Academy of Economic Studies in Chisinau, Moldova. These workshops were designed to impart essential skills aimed at enhancing transparency, resilience, and business management practices. The primary objective was to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to enhance business practices, thereby preparing them for the transition to Western European and United States business standards. The initiative underscores a commitment to fostering a global perspective and promoting best practices in business education.
Preparing Universities for Reconstruction
The American Multinational Jewish Federation sponsored and conducted workshops on “Governance, Compliance, and Risk Management” at multiple Ukrainian universities, including Odesa National Economic University, Kherson National Technical University, Khmelnytskyy National University, and Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (Faculty of Management and Business Design). These workshops were crafted to provide students with essential knowledge and tools, focusing on the enhancement of transparency, resilience, and effective business management practices.
The primary objective was to empower students with the skills necessary to elevate business practices, specifically aligning them with Western European and United States standards. This strategic approach aims to support the post-war reconstruction efforts, emphasizing the importance of adhering to international best practices. The initiative underscores a strong commitment to cultivating a global perspective and championing excellence in business education across diverse Ukrainian institutions.
Pickleball Comes to Ukraine
The American Multinational Jewish Federation (AMJF) expanded its successful pickleball socialization programs for Ukrainian teenagers in Moldova and Romania by introducing pickleball at Kherson National Technical University and Khmelnytskyy National University using equipment and training provided by AMJF. This initiative involves integrating pickleball into various facets of their academic programs, including Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation. Additionally, the Department of Physical Education and Sports at Odesa National Economic University has embraced pickleball within its curriculum, hosting weekly games for students.
University students at these institutions will receive comprehensive training on utilizing pickleball as a tool for trauma and stress therapy, along with its incorporation into physical education programs in schools.
The Department of Physical Education and Sports at Odesa National Economic University has also introduced pickleball into their curriculum and is hosting weekly games for students. The Scouts of Odesa are also developing a trauma and stress therapy program for kids in Odesa using pickleball.
The unfortunate reality of ongoing air raids has disrupted all games. Regrettably, the inaugural games at the Chabad Odesa School had to be canceled due to the ongoing air raids.
Computer Labs Classrooms at Mishpacha Chabad Odesa School
The American Multinational Jewish Federation (AMJF) in collaboration with Romanian NGO Cardinal Points in Iasi, Romania facilitated the establishment of two state-of-the-art computer lab classrooms at the Ovadya House Mishpacha Chabad Chedar in downtown Odesa. The donation includes computers from Dell and FLAX Computers in Romania, enhancing the technological infrastructure of the school.
The newly inaugurated Mlyniv/Mervits Computer Lab is dedicated to the rich heritage of the Jewish Communities of Mlyniv and Mervits and their descendants. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted by AMJF President, Dr. Marc Siegel, alongside the esteemed Chief Rabbi of Odesa, Rabbi Avraham Wolff.
Turning Bomb Shelters into Classrooms
Odesa National Technical University (ONEU), in collaboration with the American Multinational Jewish Federation (AMJF), is ingeniously repurposing bomb shelters into modern classrooms. This strategic initiative comes in response to the enduring challenges posed by both the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s conflict with Ukraine. Despite the adversities, ONEU is committed to facilitating the return of students to in-person learning.
Given the persistent threat of airstrikes in Odesa and the frequent air raid alerts, ONEU and AMJF are proactively enhancing university bomb shelters to serve as resilient spaces for both face-to-face instruction and remote learning. This innovative approach ensures that education remains uninterrupted, offering students a secure and conducive environment for their academic pursuits amidst challenging circumstances.
Introducing pickleball at the ORT Jewish Day School in Chisinau, Moldova
Supplies delivered to Dziva for distribution in Kherson
Emergency thermal blankets sent to the Children’s Hospital in Kherson
Emergency thermal blankets were sent to the Children’s Hospital in Kherson.