World Jewish Relief

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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Welfare mission to Ukraine

By Katie Taylor, November 18, 2010

In a new departure, World Jewish Relief has taken a group of 11-to-15-year-olds to Ukraine to see its welfare work in action.

They met five Dnepropetrovsk families helped by the charity and WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni reported: "The children were mature and engaged and related back to their own privileged existence.

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WJR backers launch warm campaign

October 21, 2010

World Jewish Relief's "Where's Woolly?" scarf has been getting around.

Promoting the charity's Operation Winter Survival campaign for needy Jews in Eastern Europe, the scarf has been in London, Leeds and Manchester, spreading the word to schools, youth movements and even Jewish football teams.

The aim is to get supporters to donate 10,000 essential winter items such as hats, scarves and gloves over the next month or so.

Pupils from Manchester's King David High and Leeds' Brodetsky Primary have been among the recipients of the scarf.

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WJR launch winter welfare appeal

September 28, 2010

To raise awareness of World Jewish Relief's Operation Winter Survival campaign for Jews in Eastern Europe, community members will experience a warm feeling over the coming weeks.

For the charity is sending a scarf nicknamed Woolly around the country with recipients asked to pass it on to family and friends.

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WJR's naked ambition for winter appeal

September 7, 2010

World Jewish Relief is counting on a warm-hearted response to its Operation Winter Survivor Campaign to collect essential winter items in Eastern Europe.

And to promote the initiative, the charity gave the "Naked Lady" statue at Henly's Corner, Finchley, some temporary covering in the form of a WJR scarf.

The campaign target is 10,000 items for dispatch before December, when temperatures in some areas can drop below minus 20 degrees. As well as donating new or nearly new goods, supporters are being asked to contribute £5 towards transport costs via a text facility.

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Floods appeal tops £40k

August 19, 2010

World Jewish Relief's emergency appeal for victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan has passed £40,000.

The money has been used to purchase family kits helping almost 6,400 people and will assist in the reconstruction of homes destroyed.

Other organisations are rallying around the WJR appeal. "As a community that has a humanitarian aspect supporting causes outside of our own interests, it's a no-brainer that we will be supporting the WJR's appeal," said Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin.

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We're big on bagels

May 27, 2010

World Jewish Relief supporters showed a big appetite for its second Big Bagel event.

Over 3,000 people took part in bagel-themed events in homes, schools, offices and synagogues, hoping to beat last year's £70,000.

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WJR drive 2,000km to give aid to communities

May 21, 2010

World Jewish Relief volunteers have driven 2,000 kilometres across Europe to deliver two nine-seater vans to deprived Jewish communities.

Leaving from London, the volunteers travelled to Lithuania and Latvia as part of WJR's Mission Impossible, having raised the money for the vans, which were handed over in Vilnius and Riga.

On her fourth Mission Impossible, Hampstead housewife Siobhan Ezra was the group's sole female volunteer.

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