New hope for refugees as fund breaks record

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2015

Their plight moved British Jews to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds - and now Syrian refugee children have explained their joy at receiving the resulting aid.

More than £626,700 has been raised through World Jewish Relief's crisis effort, the second highest total for an appeal in the charity's history.


Barnet councillors vote to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in the borough

By Rosa Doherty, October 23, 2015

Barnet councillors have voted in favour of resettling 50 Syrian refugees in the borough.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of a cross-party motion to resettle Syrian refugees which took place on Tuesday.


Masorti youth take trip to help refugees in Calais

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

Ten members of Masorti youth group Marom gave hands-on support to refugees over Succot by travelling to Calais to build shelters and sort supplies.

"I watched with horror as images of the refugee crisis began to flood news and social media channels," explained one of the group, Lily Stein.


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.


Finding frame of reference for crisis

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

Young World Jewish Relief supporters have taken to social media to draw attention to the refugee crisis by making a link to the Jewish refugee experience.

The "My family Were Refugees Too" campaign encourages people to post photos of themselves wearing T-shirts carrying the slogan on social media.


Breaking down borders - it's thanks to bagels

By Josh Jackman, October 8, 2015

Grassroots groups organised a synagogue Succot event to hear from those helping refugees.

Left-wing activists Jewdas organised the "Bagels Not Borders" event at East London Central Synagogue in conjunction with Food Not Bombs, which redistributes surplus food from businesses to those in need.

Speakers included 21-year-old Sheffield University JSoc president Joanna May Sutton-Klein, who volun


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.