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World Refugee Day: Conversation on Helping Ukraine's Refugees Fleeing War (hybrid event)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Commonwealth Club
Location Details:
In-person: Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105;
Fully vaccinated required

Or join the event via online tickets

As we mark World Refugee Day, an international day to honor refugees, we invite you to celebrate the strength and courage of all those forced to flee their homes in Ukraine since
the start of the Russian invasion in February.

Date & time: Tue, Jun 21 / 12:30 pm PDT (doors open at noon)

In-person: $10 members & $20 nonmembers

Online: $5 members & $10 nonmembers


Multiple organizations and individuals are lending their support to the estimated 6.8 million refugees from Ukraine who have fled to Poland, Romania and throughout the European Union. In addition, there are an estimated 8 million people displaced within the country, all of whom are seeking shelter and safety.

After more than three months of war, this refugee crisis continues unabated, and even if a peace agreement were signed tomorrow, this conflict-driven mass migration will continue to impact millions, not only in Europe but also around the globe.

How can we plan to support the Ukrainian community throughout the crisis and after the war ends as they return, resettle and rebuild?

Join this conversation with leaders from two of the many organizations working with displaced Ukrainian families and learn firsthand about the situation today facing refugees from the war in Ukraine.

Ostap Korkuna is co-chairman of Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and raising awareness about Ukraine in the United States as well as in the rest of the world.

Joy Sisisky is interim CEO of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund here in the Bay Area. She recently spent time traveling to the border between Ukraine and Poland to stand witness at this monumental time in history, provide relief, and welcome Ukrainian Jewish families at the start of their very long journeys.

What is being done to assist the mostly women and children forced to flee their homes, and what can you do to help?

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Guest must show proof of full vaccination with photo I.D.
• Masks are encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
• In-person capacity is limited.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.
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