World Jewish Relief

WJR aiding Mumbai

February 9, 2012

A £230,000 grant from World Jewish Relief will help 400 Mumbai Jews with disabilities to find better jobs and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Around 1,200 non-Jews will also benefit from the Building Enabling Communities project, focusing on training, advice and contact-building.


Cold sleepers warm to WJR campaign

February 2, 2012

World Jewish Relief supporters from Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue slept outside for a night to raise awareness of - and funds for - the charity's Operation Winter Survival campaign in Eastern Europe.

The 12-hour sleep-out was the brainchild of the shul's Rabbi Aaron Goldstein to highlight the plight of impoverished Jews in dilapidated homes with sparse heating.


WJR makes a meal out of aiding the impoverished

November 24, 2011

Five-hundred World Jewish Relief supporters learned on Monday about the grinding poverty experienced by many of its clients.

As part of WJR's annual dinner - held at London's Guildhall and raising more than £1.3 million - a film was screened on the charity's home repair programme in the former Soviet Union.

It featured 74-year old Luisa Nomirovskaya, who lives alone in a condemned house in


WJR's Operation Winter Survival

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

World Jewish Relief is running the Operation Winter Survival campaign to encourage the community to support vulnerable people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union during the harsh winter months.

"There are many individuals who are facing a life threatening winter," said WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni.


WJR makes £2m eastern promise

October 6, 2011

James Libson has launched his chairmanship of World Jewish Relief by announcing a £2.2 welfare commitment over three years for Jews in Ukraine and Moldova who fled Nazi persecution.

The project is in response to recent changes in eligibility criteria for Claims Conference assistance, which have resulted in some refugees from Nazism no longer qualifying for support.

WJR intends to plug the g


Fashionistas hold auction for famine relief effort

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

High end fashion companies including Prada have donated valuable items to a Jewish group raising money for famine relief efforts in East Africa.

The Closet Den committee, who earlier this year raised more than £12,000 for the Bet Hayeled foster home in northern Israel, are hoping to raise at least £5,000 this week for World Jewish Relief's appeal.


Coining it

September 1, 2011

World Jewish Relief hopes to boost its overseas aid through the donation of leftover foreign currency by those returning from summer holidays.

Fundraising director Paul Stein said WJR would even accept currencies no longer in circulation such as francs and lire. The charity is organising drop-off points in north-west London.


Emergency appeal feeds the hungry

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

Around £170,000 has been raised to help those affected by the famine in East Africa through a World Jewish Relief campaign.

WJR launched a fundraising drive last month in response to reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia.


Community rallies to support Somalia famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

More than £169,000 has been raised to help people suffering from the famine in East Africa following a campaign launched by World Jewish Relief.

The aid charity set up a fundraising drive last month as reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia and its neighbours began filtering through to the international media.


WJR is a hit on the web

August 11, 2011

World Jewish Relief has been shortlisted for a Charity Times award for best use of the web for its "Wjrapped Up" campaign.

The promotion gives supporters the opportunity to purchase goods for needy clients worldwide.

Within a month of its launch, the campaign had raised £2,000-plus and it is regularly updated with new items - for example, supporting the charity's East Africa Food Crisis Ap