Programs Supported by the Chicago-Kyiv Kehillah Project

Business operations officer Yosef Meystel of Skokie, Illinois, serves as president of YAM Management, through which he oversees the day-to-day management of 16 nursing-care centers. Since joining the senior leadership of YAM in 2006, Mr. Meystel has helped grow the business’s revenue by 25 percent. Outside of the office, Yosef Meystel donates his time and resources to various humanitarian programs, among them the Chicago-Kyiv Kehillah Project.

Established in 1999, the Chicago-Kyiv Kehillah Project helps Jewish people living in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in the area of Kiev, Ukraine. Run by the Jewish United Fund (JUF) and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the project allocates approximately $5 million annually to programs that support the immigration of FSU Jews to Israel (also known as aliyah), Jewish education, and elderly Jewish residents of the FSU.

This year, the Chicago-Kyiv Kehillah Project plans to contribute more than half a million dollars to antihunger initiatives for Jews of the FSU. In addition, other allocations will help sustain the JUF’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program in Kyiv (Kiev) and Jewish Summer Camping in the FSU. Project funds will also support TZROR, a Kiev-based education program for Jewish children ages 5 through 11.