Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News

World News

Vine Ventures Sending Aid to Suffering Ukrainians

Vine Ventures

Refugee Center for Ukrainians (courtesy Vine Ventures)

Vine Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm, has donated hundreds of mattresses, pillows, blankets, towels and food for the millions of Ukrainians who have either been displaced from their homes because of the Russian invasion of their country or who cannot get the needed supplies due to the disruption of the normal supply chains.

Vine Ventures has also provided funding for the transportation for the numerous Ukrainian refugees that have sought shelter in neighboring Moldova. The aid is being arranged in collaboration with the Moldovan Jewish community in its efforts to assist refugees arriving from Ukraine. The donation, spearheaded by Vine Venture co-founders Eric Reiner and Daniel Povitsky, is used to equip three temporary placement centers.

“With thousands of Ukrainians being displaced from their homes due to the conflict, it is inspiring to see good-hearted people working on the frontlines extending a helping hand to those in need,” said Eric Reiner, Vine Ventures’s Managing Partner. “Their compassion gives me hope for humanity, and I’m honored to take part in this effort.” Eric was also a Founding Partner at Sinai Ventures. Previously, Reiner has been an investor with Israel’s largest venture capital firm, Pitango, as well as Insight Venture Partners, a $16 billion software and internet investor based in New York City and digital innovation.

Please help us out :
Will you offer us a hand? Every gift, regardless of size, fuels our future.
Your critical contribution enables us to maintain our independence from shareholders or wealthy owners, allowing us to keep up reporting without bias. It means we can continue to make Jewish Business News available to everyone.
You can support us for as little as $1 via PayPal at
Thank you.
Vine Ventures

Refugee Center for Ukrainians (courtesy Vine Ventures)

Thousands of refugees have fled to Moldova from Ukraine since the conflict began on February 24, most of them women, children, and the elderly. Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Community of the Republic of Moldova (JCRM), JDC Chisinau, JCC KEDEM, and other religious/volunteer-based organizations are providing assistance. A hotline was established to coordinate the effort, and all refugees – Jews and non-Jews – receive aid with information, temporary accommodations, food, and personal hygiene products. And the Israeli government has also sent tons of relief supplies to the country, and even sent a fully functional field hospital with Israeli doctors for the medical care of refugees.

“My heart is with all Ukrainians forced to leave their homes. As the son of immigrants who fled an oppressive USSR regime to Israel, it is devastating to witness the effects of displacement. That is why I have a deep gratitude for countries, communities, and organizations welcoming those in need with open hearts and minds,” said Daniel Povitsky, a Vine Partner.

JCRM senior representatives opened the Dacia Marine recreation center in the coastal town of Vadul lui Voda in Chisinau for Jewish refugees. Raisa Alexandrovna and Valery Fridrikhovich, an elderly refugee couple, are now living in Vadul lui Voda after they were forced to leave their home in Odessa. They were told to be at the bus station on February 28 by 6 am. They brought along only essential documents and clothing. Raisa Alexandrovna shared their story:

“Our Jewish community organized transportation from Odessa. We chose to go, knowing that the situation would only get worse if we waited. Customs let us through quickly as members of the Jewish community – I am Jewish, my husband is not. As soon as we arrived in Moldova we were given food and clothing. We have a comfortable room with everything we need, live rent-free, and they are taking good care of us. When we have trouble getting to the second floor, they bring food and tea to the room; when it was cold they brought us a heater and more blankets. We are waiting for our son-in-law to take us to Canada so we can be with our children and grandchildren. It turns out that are so many good people who are ready to help and share their hearts. It gladdens my heart and feeds my soul to see such people in the world.”

Vine Ventures

Refugee Center for Ukrainians (courtesy Vine Ventures)

Among the refugees was a family from Kyiv who were separated by the war. Two girls, ages 13 and 15, studied at a religious Jewish school in Kyiv, and their parents lived in a nearby town. Tatyana showed her small handbag and passport, all she managed to take with her in a hurry. “This is all I’m left with…,” she repeated, in tears.

“I only had time to grab the most expensive thing with me,” said another refugee, a woman who held a repatriation check she received. “I didn’t want to leave, but it was for our safety,” she said, pointing to a small dog. “I’m scared, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for him.”

Moldova now has the largest concentration of refugees per capita, nearly 4,000 per 100,000 residents. Moldovan President Maia Sandu has appealed to the international community for help in dealing with the growing number of refugees streaming into Moldova from Ukraine.



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The Movie The Professional is what made Natalie Portman a Lolita.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...

VC, Investments

You may not become a millionaire, but there is a lot to learn from George Soros.