World Jewish Relief

WJR plan to help Syrians get UK jobs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

World Jewish Relief (WJR) will help more than 1,000 Syrian refugees acclimatise to life on British soil in a new five-year initiative, it has been revealed.

The charity, which until now has devoted its time to providing relief and aid overseas, said it was turning its attention to helping refugees in the UK following "calls to act from our supporters and the wider Jewish community".


Guest List Extra: World Jewish Relief’s annual dinner 2015

December 7, 2015

World Jewish Relief’s work in the former Soviet Union was highlighted at its annual dinner at London’s Guildhall, which raised £1 million-plus. The evening was hosted by broadcaster Emily Maitlis, who recently joined a mission to see the charity’s work in Sarajevo. Her BBC colleague Fergal Keane was also among the speakers.

Photos: Andy Tyler



WJR pledges to improve lives of those in 'chronic poverty'

By Barry Toberman, December 3, 2015

World Jewish Relief's work down the generations was reviewed at its annual dinner at London's Guildhall which raised more than £1 million.

And, after the 500-plus diners had heard from Polish-born Harry Olmer, one of "The Boys" rescued by WJR and helped to settle in Britain after the war, chief executive Paul Anticoni stressed that the largest number of survivors and older Jewish community mem


Chaos as the flow of refugess becomes a flood

By Paul Anticoni, November 22, 2015

Europe is facing its largest and most complex surge in migration since the Second World War. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees , over 590,000 people have arrived by sea so far in 2015.

European governments are facing massive practical and policy challenges in addressing the needs of refugees, integrating them and dealing with the impact on national economies.


How charity pulled off Chief Rabbi's visit

By Richard Verber, November 19, 2015

The sleepless nights are over. The Chief Rabbi and his delegation of United Synagogue rabbis are safely back in the UK.

Taking the highest-profile Jewish leader in the country to a refugee camp was one of the most challenging and rewarding things we have ever done.


Syria aid appeal makes history

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

World Jewish Relief has said its appeal for Syrian refugees is attracting the highest ever average sums given by individual donors.

The appeal, which was launched last month, has so far raised more than £533,000.


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.


Booba's not happy - she wants to see you more often

By Josh Jackman, October 1, 2015

We are not getting enough time with Booba and Zeida, according to new research.

A survey commissioned by World Jewish Relief has shown that a third of adult Jews see their grandparents four times a year or less.

Fewer than one in 10 grandchildren are happy with that arrangement, while one in five grandparents would like to see their grandchildren more.


Jerry Springer thanks World Jewish Relief for family records

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

American television host Jerry Springer has visited Britain to support the work of World Jewish Relief.

The charity rescued Mr Springer’s parents and brought them to this country from Nazi Germany a month before the outbreak of war in 1939.


Prince Charles becomes WJR patron

July 2, 2015

The Prince of Wales has become the patron of World Jewish Relief, the charity has announced.

It is the first time the royal has been patron of a Jewish organisation working outside of the UK.

Nigel Layton, WJR life vice-president, said the charity was delighted.