We're raising dough for WJR

Anne Astaire and Ruth Rabin held a bridge and bagel tea at London's Central Synagogue

Anne Astaire and Ruth Rabin held a bridge and bagel tea at London's Central Synagogue

In support of World Jewish Relief’s welfare programmes in Eastern Europe, more than 1,000 people have attended Big Bagel gatherings nationwide.

Helena Rosenberg, who helped to organise the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue event

Helena Rosenberg, who helped to organise the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue event

The bagel-themed socials — held in a variety of settings — also served as information events about the work of the charity in the former Soviet Union. Over £20,000 has been raised from some 20 socials.

WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said that Big Bagel had been a “huge success”, bringing in £150,000-plus over five years. “Funds raised will go towards programmes such as our life-changing back-to-work project in Ukraine and Moldova, which helps struggling Jews find work — and to provide independently for their families in the long-term.”

Last updated: 4:46pm, July 23 2013