Social Action

Pinhole project to shed light on Polish- Jewish culture

By Jessica Elgot, November 2, 2010

Jewish volunteers will help to create a photo storybook to help young Polish immigrants learn English.

Organisers at the Polish Click Academy hope that inviting teenagers to provide the illustrations for the book will combat negative feeling and ignorance and highlight the cultural contribution of Jews to Poland.


Adamah’s real cabbage patch kids

By Jessica Elgot, November 2, 2010

Growing up in British cities, the closest Daniel Lichman and Vince Knowles came to agricultural work was planting sunflowers. But a year after finishing their studies, they were working as labourers on a very special farm.

The two are graduates of an American Jewish farming programme — the Adamah Fellowship.


Charities were ignored at the UN

By Leo Williams, October 7, 2010

Disappointment is the predominant feeling, having returned from the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in New York. World leaders adopted an "Outcome Document" – a final attempt to salvage the MDGs - but it is disappointingly short on specifics.

The UN secretary-general suggested that this is the best we could expect at this time. If this is the best that our leaders can offer the world's poorest people, it is not good enough.


UN goals do not go far enough. Poverty should be wiped out, insists Tzedek

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2010

Since the champagne bottles popped on the eve of the new millennium, girls now outnumber boys in education in Bangladesh, tuberculosis has been almost eradicated in Peru and a newborn baby in Brazil is 50 per cent more likely to survive into adulthood.

But more families in Nigeria live in extreme poverty, Honduras is the only Latin American country where HIV rates are falling and nearly 80 per cent of people in rural India have no sanitation, leading to widespread disease.