World Jewish Relief

Ukrainian dream realised in presence of WJR backers

By Barry Toberman, April 7, 2011

Sixty World Jewish Relief supporters joined the opening celebrations of a Ukrainian community centre which will transform provision for the 40,000-plus Jews in Kharkov, many living in heart-rending poverty.

British donors contributed $3 million towards the $5.3 million (£3.3 million) Wohl Centre, launched with great fanfare and excitement with speeches from civic and Jewish dignitaries.

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Charles backing WJR

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Prince Charles is to become patron of World Jewish Relief's poverty relief project for families in the Ukraine.

The prince will support the WJR Ukrainian Livelihood Development Programme for the next four years.

WJR chair Nigel Layton said: "The Ukrainian Jewish community has suffered unimaginable hardship over the centuries.

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Prince Charles backing World Jewish Relief

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Prince Charles is to become patron of World Jewish Relief's poverty relief project for families in the Ukraine.

The prince will support the WJR Ukrainian Livelihood Development Programme for the next four years.

WJR chair Nigel Layton said: "The Ukrainian Jewish community has suffered unimaginable hardship over the centuries.

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Jewish aid for Japan after quake

March 17, 2011

Donations from British Jews have poured in to help deal with the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, as World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal, raising £10,000 on the first day of its appeal.

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Packing a punch with practical aid

March 3, 2011

World Jewish Relief supporters have been given a behind the scenes look at an enterprise which, in wholesale value, has provided £26 million-plus worth of essential supplies to communities in need since 2003.

More than 30 WJR donors toured the Neasden warehouse for the Gifts in Kind project, seeing goods being sorted and repacked.

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Sergey raising a glass to Moldovan aid efforts

February 10, 2011

World Jewish Relief has received heartfelt thanks from a beneficiary of its optical project, supplying spectacles to Jewish communities across Eastern Europe.

In 12 years, the project, established by retired opticians Harry Heber and David Goldman, has assisted more than 50,000 people in countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.

One recent recipient was eight-year-old Sergey Beloshkurski, whose family lived in Israel until he suffered a stroke. His mother Ludmila, a cancer patient, took him to Kishinev, Moldova, to receive treatment.

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Howard Jacobson helps a Manchester crowd to raise £80K for WJR

January 28, 2011

Award winning author Howard Jacobson was the guest speaker at the World Jewish Relief Manchester annual dinner. The author shared humorous tales about growing up in Manchester and spoke about his joy at winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his novel The Finkler Question. He also spoke to the 160 guests at the Lowry Hotel about the "humbling importance" of WJR's work in the community. The event raised £80,000 to help WJR fund the new Kharkov Welfare and Community Centre which will open in March.

Photos: Rob Clayton

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Haiti: one year on

January 13, 2011

World Jewish Relief chief executive Paul Anticoni has spent five days visiting the charity's projects in Haiti, which he described as "on its knees".

With partner organisation Merlin, WJR runs nine mobile health clinics funded by the £500,000-plus donated by British Jews to the charity's emergency appeal following last year's earthquake.

They operate in the capital Port-au-Prince and the south-western town of Petit-Goâve, which was at the epicentre of the earthquake, which killed 230,000 and left a million homeless.

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Tearful Maitlis supports WJR

By Jessica Elgot, December 2, 2010

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis was moved to tears as she recalled her participation in a World Jewish Relief mission to Moldova.

Ms Maitlis told more than 500 guests at the WJR dinner at London's Guildhall that she joined a mission last November, having been a regular supporter.

"WJR is an organisation I know well, in a community which is my own. But I always said no - I was either having a baby, or the country was having an election. But this time I found myself without an excuse when WJR invited me to Moldova."

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Good things come in fives for Stanmore

By Jessica Elgot, November 25, 2010

More than 400 Stanmore Synagogue members collected clothes and books and made Chanucah cards in support of five charities.

Volunteers filled 35 sacks of winter clothing and knitted blankets for World Jewish Relief, donated books to the British Heart Foundation and made 180 Chanucah cards for Emunah. A large van of shopping was sent to Watford New Hope Trust for the homeless and the synagogue also collected books, DVDs and chocolate for soldiers in Afghanistan.

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