World Jewish Relief

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.


Grunwald to be WJR envoy

April 23, 2009

The Board of Deputies’ Henry Grunwald is taking on a new presidential role, this time for World Jewish Relief.

Assuming the WJR ambassadorial post from June, Mr Grunwald will support the charity’s goal of increasing the number of communities and individuals assisted.

He will represent WJR at key events, visit overseas projects and work with the chairman and chief executive to encourage wider support.


Liverpool Street service recalls rescue mission

November 27, 2008

The night before the main Kindertransport reunion, World Jewish Relief held a commemorative event at Liverpool Street station - the point of entry for the Kinder.

Guests including Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald joined 150 Kinder for a service led by Rabbi Barry Marcus, followed by a reception at Bevis Marks Synagogue.


WJR benefits from a post-holiday coin-exchange programme

October 3, 2008

World Jewish Relief will benefit from a post-holiday coin-exchange programme launched by non-Jewish cancer survivor Gerald White.

Mr White will be exchanging foreign coins for UK currency, which he will be donating to WJR. He chose the charity after attending the launch of WJR's volunteering programme,

The Big Hand. The Staines resident was "blown away by everything that WJR is trying to do and it made me want to help". He will collect foreign currency handed in to WJR's Golders Green head office.


Nesbitt’s WJR star role

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 26, 2008

"You might wonder what a Northern Irish Presbyterian is doing at a World Jewish Relief dinner, as indeed am I," joked actor James Nesbitt, as he helped Manchester WJR to raise over £100,000 from last Wednesday's event at the Radisson at Manchester Airport.


WJR launches an appeal for Georgian Jews

By Dana Gloger, August 21, 2008

World Jewish Relief has launched a UK appeal to help clients affected by the Georgian conflict.

WJR says that over 700 young and elderly Jews are in need of welfare assistance. Around 100 have been forced to flee their homes and are staying with other Jews in Tbilisi. Extra rescue workers have been drafted in to help the refugees.

The charity reports that some Jews have already been rescued, among them 79-year-old Rivka Rosa from Tskhinvali.


Batmitzvah girl twins her celebration with Eastern European World Jewish Jewish Relief client

August 8, 2008

Batmitzvah girl Eli Samuels followed in a family tradition by twinning her celebration at St Albans Masorti with a World Jewish Relief client in Eastern Europe. Eli raised £1,000 for WJR through a sponsored biscuit bake, which will support her "twin". The biscuits also went to a good cause - a homeless shelter in Watford. Last year, Eli's sister Abi also marked her batmitzvah by raising £700 from a sponsored fairy cake bake. The twinning scheme has raised over £100,000 in four years.


The big charity breakfast

July 4, 2008
More than £110,000 was raised for World Jewish Relief projects from its annual business breakfast, at which private equity boss Sir Ronald Cohen was guest speaker. Talking at length, and without notes, to the 250-strong audience at the Sheraton Park Lane, Sir Ronald discussed his career and his desire to develop the concept of social entrepreneurship, whereby the business community gives back to society. The business breakfast committee, chaired by Lawrence Gergel, has now raised over £500,000.


London school collects goods for Gifts in Kind scheme

July 4, 2008
Pupils from North West London Jewish Day School have been collecting toiletries and stationery to be distributed through World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind scheme. Other charitable initiatives have included raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and an Israeli medical centre.


Pupils involved in Eastern Europe charity

June 6, 2008

Sixty year six Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupils are involved in a project backing World Jewish Relief’s Gifts in Kind programme, collecting clothes and stationery for distribution to children in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.