Social Action

Emergency appeal feeds the hungry

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

Around £170,000 has been raised to help those affected by the famine in East Africa through a World Jewish Relief campaign.

WJR launched a fundraising drive last month in response to reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia.


Refugees on their bikes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

In a sprawling metropolis such as London, getting around can be difficult - and particularly so for refugees and asylum seekers without their own transportation.

To help rectify the problem, Habonim's social action worker Jem Stein set up the Habo Bike project earlier this year, supported by the Big Green Jewish campaign from the Jewish Social Action Forum, UJIA and Jeneration.

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Fighting for rights of the Roma

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jews have a responsibility to campaign for the rights of gypsies and travellers because of a historical kinship, maintains the director of a Jewish human rights charity.

René Cassin's Simone Abel has put travellers' rights at the forefront of her organisation's campaigning since joining the charity last year.


Limmud Fest's social activism

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Urban kibbutzim, sustainable technology and social justice-inspired soul music are some of the quirky inclusions at Limmud Fest.

The muddy sister of Limmud's main December conference expects around 700 people over the August bank holiday weekend at Sparsholt College in Hampshire.


Charity hopes to lift the 'paperweight'

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

When Paperweight's Bayla Perrin visits clients after they have lost a husband or wife, she immediately seeks out the red final demands from mortgage lenders, credit card companies and fuel suppliers hidden in drawers or under mattresses.

The founder of the Jewish bereavement and divorce charity endeavours to help those going through divorce or bereavement to address the practical sides of livin


Campaigning for organic 'kitemark'

June 30, 2011

It's a Friday night staple in Israel and the US, but a kosher and organic certified roast chicken has never graced a Shabbat table in the UK.

However, growing interest in ethically reared meat has prompted campaigners to launch a petition to get kosher meat certified organic, or "organically reared".

Organic meat was a hot topic at the Jewish food festival, Gefiltefest.


Kabbalah and nosh at Glasto

By Jessica Elgot, June 30, 2011

For muddy Glastonbury festival-goers already worn out by Friday evening, the Jewish tent was a place for a musical Shabbat service, relaxation and meditation.

The festival attracted around 200,000 people to Worthy Farm in Somerset.


Interview: Rabbi Natan Levy

June 10, 2011

Rabbi Natan Levy stands in the backyard of the London School of Jewish Studies, showing off his budding radishes, broad beans, chives, figs and rhubarb. "We're growing an etrog for Succot, but so far it's not going so well", he joked, pointing to a knee-high brown bush.

But Rabbi Levy will probably not be around to see the etrog harvested.


The Congo needs our challenging voice

By Rabbi Colin Eimer and Rabbi David Mitchell, June 10, 2011

Later this month is National Refugee Week. But Jews should not need a special week in order to reflect on the experiences of our own families as they fled from Nazi persecution. Millions, sadly, were not among those lucky few.


Starting the 'global conversation'

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

More than 120 Jewish environmentalists, social justice leaders and activists converged upon a quiet corner of Connecticut for Siach, the first major global conference on Jewish social action.