Africa

Don't tour with your eyes shut

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 20, 2012

There is a wonderful talmudic story that goes something like this: a father and son go for a walk, get lost and find themselves in a terrible area where the sick and dying and impoverished languish on the streets.

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Draconian 'illegals' law

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

A new law allowing the authorities to detain, for up to three years, illegal immigrants caught in Israel, was passed by the Knesset last week.

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Tunisian Jews asked to return by new president

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2011

The Tunisian president has extended the hand of friendship to the Jewish community.

The North African country was once home to 100,000 Jews but after independence from France and the Six Day War in Israel many fled, fearful of their safety. The population now stands at around 1,500 Jews and is concentrated on the island of Djerba.

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Lessons from Ghana in co-operation

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Strict discipline, a love of dance and creative ways to use small spaces were the key impressions brought back by three Jewish teachers from a week working in Ghanaian schools.

The trio went to West Africa with international development charity, Tzedek, which runs twinning programmes between Ghanaian schools and their British-Jewish counterparts.

It was the first time Tzedek had taken Britis

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The poor whom we can't afford to ignore

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, October 19, 2011

This week, we come in from the cold. A midrash suggests that our time spent out of the house living in a temporary hut is a kind of divinely imposed exile. It is an opportunity for reflection before the final judgment which takes place tomorrow on the festival of Shemini Atzeret (Yalkut, Emor 753).

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Fashionistas hold auction for famine relief effort

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

High end fashion companies including Prada have donated valuable items to a Jewish group raising money for famine relief efforts in East Africa.

The Closet Den committee, who earlier this year raised more than £12,000 for the Bet Hayeled foster home in northern Israel, are hoping to raise at least £5,000 this week for World Jewish Relief's appeal.

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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.

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Community rallies to support Somalia famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

More than £169,000 has been raised to help people suffering from the famine in East Africa following a campaign launched by World Jewish Relief.

The aid charity set up a fundraising drive last month as reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia and its neighbours began filtering through to the international media.

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Fear for Yemen Jews as conflict continues

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

Groups of Yemeni Jews are reportedly fleeing their homes as the conflict between the government and rebels, including those backed by Al-Qaida, shows no sign of subsiding.

According to an article in the Yemen Post, seven Jews from the Amran province have already left and another eight are planning to go as soon as possible. It is unclear where they plan to go.

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Here is the news: Africa hurts

By Paul Anticoni, August 1, 2011

Summer is generally a quiet time for the media. Parliament is in recess, many journalists (and readers) are on holiday, and the frivolous stories deemed to be newsworthy have led to the summer being known as "silly season".

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