We're big on bagels

Love at first bite for King Solomon High School pupils in Redbridge, who raised £500 from their Big Bagel activity

Love at first bite for King Solomon High School pupils in Redbridge, who raised £500 from their Big Bagel activity

World Jewish Relief supporters showed a big appetite for its second Big Bagel event.

Over 3,000 people took part in bagel-themed events in homes, schools, offices and synagogues, hoping to beat last year's £70,000.

Having been inspired by joining a WJR mission to Ukraine, Debra Levin and Joanna Mindell hosted a Big Bagel 2 event for the Pinner Synagogue congregation, with cheder children among the 100 guests. "The Big Bagel gave me a chance to demonstrate to our whole community just how important WJR's work is and what the charity stands for," Ms Levin said. "I know that WJR will make sure the money we raised goes to the people who need it most."

King Solomon High pupils in Redbridge organised a Big Bagel recipe competition. In Leeds, Brodetsky Primary children enjoyed a bagel lunch and a day off from school uniform.

Accounting firm KPMG calculates that over £2,000 was raised from a bagel breakfast for 40 clients and staff.

WJR director of fundraising Paul Stein said: "The initiative was set up to give everyone the chance to be part of a fun community event that will help transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. Participants have been enjoying favourite Jewish pastimes - food, talking and talking about food."

    Last updated: 3:14pm, May 27 2010