A group that included 140 women and children who evacuated last week from Odessa, Ukraine, gathered in Moldova, clapping and singing “Spasiba Hashem, Thank you G‑d” for their rescue.

After leaving Odessa en route to Germany, the group stopped in neighboring Moldova for Shabbat and were cared for by Chabad of Kishinev and Moldova, including Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Abelsky, the chief rabbi and one of the Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries there.

Chabad of Moldova has helped tens of thousands of refugees in recent days, stretching their supplies as they work to make sure everyone who comes through their center is given a warm meal, a place to rest and needed supplies. They also maintain a hotline for people in need of immediate aid.

The evacuation of the women and children—the men remained in Ukraine—was coordinated by Rabbi Avraham and Chaya Wolff, the Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Odessa. The Wolffs have chosen to stay in the southern Ukrainian city to care for members of the Jewish community who have not been able to evacuate.

The Ukraine Jewish Relief Fund has been established to help provide assistance to the Jewish communities in Ukraine impacted by the war.

Click here for a prayer you can say and a list of good deeds you can do in the merit of the protection of all those in harm’s way.