Springfield Jewish Community Center holds rally in support of Ukraine

Nearly a dozen organizations and roughly 50 individuals turned out to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 7:29 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2022 at 10:16 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - The Springfield Jewish Community Center held a rally Tuesday night to support the people of Ukraine.

Nearly a dozen organizations and roughly 50 individuals turned out to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, telling Western Mass News that they just want to show their support for the war-torn country.

“It is so important that we’re all here tonight advocating on behalf of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters,” said Sam Dubrinsky, CEO of the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

Dubrinsky told Western Mass News that the organization knew they wanted to do something to show their support, and she was excited for the turnout they received.

“What we really want people to take away from this event tonight is that they should use their voice and advocate for their fellow human beings throughout the globe,” Dubrinsky said.

We spoke with Father Andriy Krip of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church at the end of last month before Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Tuesday, we asked him how he feels knowing his family is still there.

“It’s scary, it’s difficult, but they are, I would say, with the situation, they are doing pretty well,” said Father Krip. “They are safe at least.”

He told us that there were a couple occasions when bombs landed within miles of his family’s home in Ukraine. Krip said that he is touched by how the world is coming together to stand with the country he once called home, and he is grateful for all the support his church has received.

“They responded right away,” he said. “We’ve got so many phone calls, we get so many donations.”

Community leaders, like Mayor Domenic Sarno and Congressman Richard Neal, also attended Tuesday’s rally.

Sarno told Western Mass News that he stands in unity with Ukraine and believes Putin needs to be stopped.

“The proud heritage of the Jewish people know all too well when you have a modern-day Hitler such as Putin, that you can’t appease this gentleman,” Mayor Sarno said. “Well, I wouldn’t even call him a gentleman. You can’t appease him, you can’t fear him. We have to stay united and strong for the people of Ukraine.”

We asked Congressman Richard Neal if he thinks the U.S. will send any troops to Ukraine. He told us that as of right now, he does not, but he said the House has authorized $14 billion in immediate spending that will go to support the Ukrainian people and surrounding countries.

“We intend to help those nations that are on the periphery of the old Soviet Union to not only monitor, but to be strong in pushing back on this active aggression,” Congressman Neal said.

Tuesday night’s rally for Ukraine lasted a little longer than an hour.

Organizers said that if you would to make a monetary donation to the efforts for Ukraine, you can do so to any of the following organizations: