Lord Sacks urges Britain to take in 10,000 refugees in a Kindertransport-style humanitarian gesture

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2015

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has called for Britain to respond to the refugee crisis with a humanitarian gesture similar to the Kindertransport rescue of Jewish children before the war.

He said that Britain needed to take a more generous approach to accepting refugees.


St John's Wood community offers lifeline to asylum seekers

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

It was a Sunday and inside the usually quiet St John's Wood Liberal Jewish Synagogue members were franticly organising clothes and food parcels, ready for the growing number of asylum seeker families queuing outside.

One mother juggled a screaming baby on her hip while struggling to keep hold of a suitcase. Others waited silently with shopping trolleys, their children tugging at their arms.


Rabbi 'almost in tears' over asylum-seekers

By Simon Rocker, April 9, 2015

A rabbi said that a visit to a detention centre for asylum-seekers yesterday left him “almost in tears”.

Rabbi Zvi Solomons, of Reading Synagogue, was a part of a joint delegation organised by Tzelem, the rabbinical call for social justice, and Jewish human rights charity Rene Cassin to the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in Middlesex.


I grew up with hate, but Israeli aid changed that

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A Syrian aid worker brought up to hate the Jewish state but now working with an Israeli humanitarion aid organisation says the civil war is a chance to bring the nations together.

Amin Ahmed says that by helping some of Syria's 3.1 million refugees, Israel can "change everything".

Mr Ahmed, who has helped refugees since the conflict began in 2011, said: "There are moments in history where it


Don't reject refugee rescue, Cameron told

By Rosa Doherty, November 6, 2014

Community leaders are urging David Cameron to reverse the government's decision to end support for the rescue of refugees trying to reach Europe.

The Foreign Office has said it would not back future search-and-rescue operations to prevent migrants drowning in the Mediterranean.

A petition set up by the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCore) has received over 370 signatures asking the Pri


Council offers haven to 50 Syrians after Succot refugee campaign

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

A London council has agreed to offer sanctuary to 50 Syrian refugees in response to a Succot-themed interfaith project.

The leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, agreed to the request after 70 people, including faith leaders, called on the local authority to show compassion to refugees in UN camps in war zone areas like Syria.


Sephardis come together for Jewish Refugee Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

It was a room filled with palm trees, silk tents and people from the Middle East wearing Moroccan hats, kaftan robes and dresses covered in beads and sequins.

People chatted by the meat-laden buffet, watched a troupe of belly dancers and heard Israeli actress and singer Sari Alfi perform at the hotel in central London.


Why Jewish Refugee Day matters

By Lyn Julius, February 14, 2014

Did you know 2014 has been proclaimed the Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People? Eyes glaze at yet another demonstration of ingrained UN bias. The UN has passed more than 100 resolutions in support of Palestinian refugees. Not one resolution mentions a greater number of Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries at around the same time.


‘Abject failure’ on Jewish refugees from Arab-lands claims

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

Israeli citizens who emigrated from Arab countries and their descendants will find it difficult to claim compensation for property left behind because the government failed to properly document their claims.


Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees: Photo project is chink of light for trafficked women

By Leila Segal, January 12, 2014

The Eritrean and Ethiopian women sheltering in the refuge in Petach Tikva, central Israel, have stories so upsetting that they are difficult to relate in words.