Call for UK to take in more refugees

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A former Kindertransport refugee has criticised the UK's policy of taking 20,000 Syrian asylum-seekers over the next five years.

Sir Erich Reich said: "To let in just 4,000 a year like David Cameron has said is absurd. We need to let in more."

He was speaking at a public meeting organised by the Board of Deputies this week to discuss the community's response to the refugee crisis.


Use the law to escape 'the Jungle'

By Laura Janner-Klausner, October 5, 2015

Three men from Sudan communing around a portable stove beckoned us over and insisted we eat with them. They made us their guests, although their ramshackle canvas neighbourhood is barely any kind of home.


Joy for rabbi and campaigners as council agrees to take in 50 Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

A London council has agreed to resettle Syrian refugees after a campaign led by a local rabbi.

Rebecca Qassim Birk, rabbi at Finchley Progressive Synagogue, headed a Citizens UK effort to get Barnet Council to take in the refugees.

Council leader Richard Cornelius announced that the local authority would accept 50 Syrians at a meeting at the synagogue on Sunday, attended by 200 people.


Israelis in Greece to help refugees as the boats land

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

Israelis have been among the first to assist refugees who are fleeing war for the safety of Europe, and at the same time have strengthened ties between Jews and Muslims.

Fifteen IsraAid volunteers are working on the Greek island of Lesbos, where boatloads of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Libya and Afghanstan are arriving.


Students work to aid refugees

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2015

International student groups have launched a campaign in response to the refugee crisis.

The European and world unions of Jewish students have encouraged campus leaders to sign their "call to action", and published a list of 20 ways for groups to help refugees.


Yiddisher sheep breeder who shepherds refugees

By Toby Axelrod, October 1, 2015

As Europe is gripped by the refugee crisis, one Austrian farmer with Jewish roots is playing his part to alleviate the suffering.

Hans Breuer - who runs a sheep farm near Vienna - has been picking up refugees from a Hungarian camp and driving them to a location close to the Austrian border, to help them on their way into the heart of Europe.


Israel's walls are becoming Europe's walls

By David Newman, October 1, 2015

Watching the news of the past few weeks, one is struck by how countries that have spent much of the past 50 years espousing the concept of open borders, and even a "borderless" world, are reneging on that policy.


Refugee crisis link as well-wisher says it with flowers for Kindertransport

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2015

World Jewish Relief has applauded the "random act of kindness" that saw a Kindertransport statue covered with flowers.

Kindertransport - the Arrival is sited at Liverpool Street station, the arrival point for the trains that brought child refugees who were fleeing the Nazis to Britain.


Campaigns to help refugees growing

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2015

The Jewish community's response to the refugee crisis expanded this week, with the announcement of plans for a public meeting to canvas opinion on the most productive ways to help.

More than £180,000 has been raised in the past week by World Jewish Relief's appeal to help Syrian refugees.


Co-operating to aid refugees

September 17, 2015

It is a sign of how deeply the plight of Syrian refugees has struck home that — within barely more than a week — the World Jewish Relief appeal has raised more than £180,000. And there are, as we have reported, any number of other initiatives seeking to provide aid and help.