Refugees

Ex-refugee pays tribute to heroes who saved her

By Lianne Kolirin, July 28, 2016

An 87-year-old pensioner has travelled to Portugal to express her gratitude to the city which offered her family safe haven from the Nazis.

But when Blanchette Fluer arrived in Caldas Da Rainha, she was met by the mayor, a host of dignitaries, a TV crew and local paper - all of whom had turned out to thank her.

Mrs Fluer, together with her parents Rosa and Bernard Rubin and older brother Sam

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Their plight resonates deeply with us all

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 21, 2016

The global refugee crisis is one of the great humanitarian challenges of our generation.

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Volunteers and refugees 'have so much in common'

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

When the refugee crisis made headlines and the Jewish community united in its response to help, Henry Raine was determined to do his bit.

But the 57-year-old never imagined his volunteering effort would result in him welcoming a Muslim Eritrean teenager into his family.

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Wartime letters of testimony

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2016

"#Refugees Welcome," reads the sign as you enter New North London Synagogue. Far from being a meaningless slogan, it's a core philosophy for Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, who has led the UK's leading Masorti community for nearly 30 years and is at the forefront of those calling for Britain and Europe to do more to help people fleeing Syria.

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JNF's eco-plan for refugees

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

An Israeli charity is planning to employ thousands of Syria refugees as part of a project to regenerate a forest in Europe.

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Lord Weidenfeld Fund offers to fund settlement of refugee children in UK

By Rosa Doherty, May 6, 2016

The Lord Weidenfeld fund has welcomed David Cameron’s decision to accept unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, and has offered to help finance them.

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Take more child refugees, Association of Jewish Refugees chair urges David Cameron

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

Sir Erich Reich, Association of Jewish Refugees chairman, has called on David Cameron to do more to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” of the refugee crisis.

The former Kindertransport refugee said the Prime Minister should accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria.

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When sympathy isn't enough

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2016

When Dani Lawrence first visited the refugee camp at Calais, she met a 15-year-old boy, not much older than her eldest child. "When I asked him what I could bring to help, he cried," she recalled. "He asked me to bring him his mother."

The sight of the huddled masses seeking refuge in Europe has moved many people to make a donation.

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Shoah educator to help Yazidis document their own tragedy

By Toby Axelrod, April 26, 2016

They have been persecuted, enslaved, raped and killed by Daesh terrorists. Now, the traumatic stories of survivors from the Iraqi-Syrian Yazidi community who made it to Germany are being recorded for posterity, thanks to the Israeli humanitarian organisation IsraAID.

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Jewish groups disappointed after Lord Dubs’s plan on child refugees is voted down by MPs

By Rosa Doherty, April 26, 2016

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees, rejected in a vote in the House of Commons.

The government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the bill, tabled in the House of Lords.

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