Poverty

We ought to back this move

By Geraldine Var Bueren, July 10, 2014

It is time for British Jewry to join the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury in speaking out about poverty.

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Rabbis condemn UK government over child poverty

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Leading rabbis have condemned the government for its failure to reduce child poverty in the UK.

The letter to the Guardian was signed by 44 rabbis from four different denominations, including Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform movement, Sandra Kviat, the outreach Rabbi for Liberal Judaism, Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Natan Levy, who is Orthodox.

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Israel’s economy is on top, but relative poverty is dismal

By Alex Brummer, December 20, 2013

Diaspora Jews are rightly proud of Israel’s stellar economy and its renowned science and technology.

The Jewish state was one of the few advanced economies — out of the 34 countries under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — to survive the “Great Panic” and subsequent recession virtually unscathed.

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Jobless woman left penniless despite winning benefits appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

A jobless Jewish woman was left penniless for five months and had to borrow money to buy food after the Department for Work and Pensions failed to inform her that her benefits had been restored following a successful appeal.

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Jobcentre rows have a simple solution

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has been clobbered with a string of legal battles over his benefits reforms. Now he is facing a battle from unemployed Jews over jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).

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Luciana Berger pledges to help women follow in her footsteps

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2013

Britain’s youngest Jewish MP said this week that she feels a sense of "responsibility" to lead the way for more women to enter leadership positions in politics, communal life and business.

"We have an issue that we don’t have enough women in positions of leadership. That’s not just in the Jewish community," she said.

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Refugees who escaped to ‘Downton’

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2013

V When 18-year-old Hortense arrived in Surrey to work as a domestic cook, she suffered a huge culture shock. The educated daughter of a Jewish doctor in Breslau, Germany, she was used to having servants, not being one.

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Rabbi goes hungry for good cause

By Zoe Winograd, May 2, 2013

Rabbi Anna Gerrard is sick and tired of spaghetti and baked beans.

The minister of the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish community is part of a Liberal Judaism Centre team who are taking part in this year’s Live Below the Poverty Line — the campaign which asks volunteers to spend only a pound a day on food for five days in order to raise awareness about extreme poverty.

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UK rabbis unite to challenge global poverty

By Sandy Rashty, April 12, 2013

UK rabbis from across the community have joined together in signing a petition to alleviate global poverty and malnutrition.

A letter, recently published in the Financial Times, backing the Millennium Development Goals campaign to target extreme poverty, included signatories from the Liberal, Reform and strictly Orthodox movements.

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Board of Deputies votes in favour of Oxfam project

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2013

A controversial joint anti-hunger project between the Board of Deputies and Oxfam will go ahead after deputies voted in favour of the scheme.

The Grow/Tatzmiach programme will bring Jewish campaigners together with experts from the NGO to tackle injustices in the international food system.

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