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The United Jewish Communities has launched an emergency appeal for the embattled citizens of Georgia. UJC has set up a mailbox to take donations, in addition to a blog addressing the crisis. The organization’s overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel, have been assisting the local Jewish community, a number of whom have made aliyah to Israel in recent days. Georgia has been engulfed in crisis since Russian troops invaded last week in what Western leaders have described as an act of aggression aimed at destabilizing the country’s democratic government. Though a truce was reached early Wednesday, Russian troops continue to occupy areas near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and tensions are still running high. The Jewish Agency and the JDC have been particuarly assisting the Georgian Jews in Gori, a city near Tbilisi that has seen some of the fiercest fighting. On Wednesday, 34 Georgian Jews immigrated to Israel. Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.ujc.org or mailed to P.O. Box 30, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113.

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