World Jewish Relief

Ilona gets her necklace — thanks to the JC

By Marcus Dysch, November 19, 2009

A Ukrainian teenager living in a remote Jewish community has been presented with a Star of David necklace donated by a British girl who read about her in the JC.

Ilona Kaplyn, 15, featured in an article in May about Krivoy Rog — a former steel mining community 200 miles from the capital Kiev — after World Jewish Relief opened a community centre in the city.

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Screening programme enlightens WJR diners

November 12, 2009

World Jewish Relief chief executive Paul Anticoni had good reason to be absent from its dinner at London’s Guildhall on Monday which raised £1.5 million.

To give the 550 supporters a first-hand glimpse of the charity’s work, Mr Anticoni was in Ukraine for a video link-up to a key WJR project — a new community centre providing a lifeline for the 12,000 Jews in Krivoy Rog, a ravaged mining town 200 miles from the capital Kiev.

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Graduate joins Rwandan mercy mission for WJR

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

An Oxford graduate has taken part in a charity trip to Rwanda to help current or former street children reintegrate into family life and wider society.

Hannah Goldie, 22, spent a week in Kayonza, an eastern Rwandan province as part of a 10-person World Jewish Relief mission. She was chosen from close on 20 young applicants for a place largely financed by “a generous subsidy” from the Ansel Harris Memorial Fund.

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'Flash' dance steps up WJR profile

By Ben Jaglom, October 22, 2009

A flashmob-style event drew World Jewish Relief supporters young and old to the 02 Centre in Finchley Road for a dance and promotional extravaganza.

They had responded to a viral marketing campaign urging them to turn up at the venue at a specified hour and to bring along good-as-new warm clothes or unopened toiletries.

Volunteers were treated to a wintry-themed performance by young local group Dancing With Louise to the appropriate strains of Ice Ice Baby and Cold As Ice.

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Sent packing for survival plan

October 15, 2009

Schools, shuls and individuals have responded positively to World Jewish Relief’s Operation Winter Survival to provide essential items for impoverished Jewish families in Eastern Europe.

Many organisations have planned group “packathons” to fill survival bags with donated warm clothes and toiletries. Members of United, Reform, Liberal and Masorti communities have joined forces for a Herts collection. In Kenton, Sobell Sinai primary pupils have adopted the project as part of a programme about the importance of helping deprived and vulnerable communities worldwide.

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WJR's plea for quake victims

October 8, 2009

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected by the Indonesian earthquake.

The United, Reform and Liberal movements are among those backing the appeal, to provide desperately needed clean water, sanitation, temporary shelter and emergency healthcare for residents of Padang, one of Sumatra’s largest cities with a population of 900,000. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “We will be working with trusted partners on the ground to ensure that all funds raised will directly benefit those who need them most.”

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Twiggy: My Jewish family connections

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2009

Twiggy has spoken about her Jewish family — and her desire to visit Israel.

Before addressing a packed World Jewish Relief women’s lunch in Watford on Tuesday, the fashion icon and actress revealed that her maternal grandfather, who died when she was three, was Jewish. Her actor husband Leigh Lawson — who accompanied her to the lunch — is also halachically Jewish and they had hired a genealogist to discover more about their families.

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Jewish aid to Pakistan breaks down barriers

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2009

A charity’s aid work in Pakistan helped to create a more positive image of Judaism, according to a report published this week.

It cites World Jewish Relief as an example of what religious organisations can achieve in providing help overseas.

Authors Edward Kessler and Miriam Arkush, who produced Keeping Faith in Development for the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths in Cambridge, recommend that faith-based organisations should do more to collaborate over international development to foster inter-religious understanding.

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Recession hits World Jewish Relief

By Leon Symons, September 3, 2009

World Jewish Relief, Anglo-Jewry’s main international relief charity, has been forced to cut some of its budgets in eastern Europe by 15 per cent because of the recession.

While none of its current or future projects have been dramatically affected, the charity has trimmed the amount it contributes to organisations such as the American Joint Distribution Committee, which undertakes day-to-day work in WJR’s three community centres in Poland and the Ukraine.

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Belarus visitors

July 16, 2009

A tour of Old Trafford was a highlight of the three-week visit by 15 youngsters from Belarus who were hosted by Orthodox families in Manchester and the north.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 15, and two teachers, also spent three days at St Annes and Blackpool. Three of the girls were batmitzvah during a special Shabbat service conducted by St Annes Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Leonard Book. They also toured the Lake District, participated in lessons at Manchester’s King David High and had dental and optical check-ups.

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