World Jewish Relief

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 7, 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 3, 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 3, 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 5, 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.


Appeal for Burma

May 8, 2008

International aid charity World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Burma cyclone.

WJR says that food, cooking equipment, health kits, mosquito nets, water purification tablets and plastic sheeting are urgently required.

Chief executive Paul Anticoni urged the community to rally to the aid of survivors. “Access for aid agencies is heavily restricted but WJR will endeavour to work as closely as possible with potential partners on the ground.” The aim was to help those most affected, “by providing clean water, sanitation resources and safe shelter”.


WJR raises £200,000 for Darfur

May 1, 2008

World Jewish Relief’s Darfur emergency appeal has raised over £200,000 in its first year, benefiting 30,000 women, children and elderly refugees.

The London-based humanitarian charity launched the appeal believing that the community would identify with a cause “that resonates so closely with our own horrific past”.

Major donations account for about one-third of the cash and the appeal has received a steady stream of small contributions. Schools and synagogues have also held fundraisers.


Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 24, 2008

Nicki Marks raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief by hosting a Pampered Chef event — a “show and tell” method of selling kitchen products. Fifty women joined her and a Pampered Chef consultant for a cooking demonstration, lunch and a raffle. WJR fundraising head Paul Stein, who also attended, commended the host on “an original event which epitomises some of the objectives of the WJR’s new initiative, The Big Hand”.


Barmitzvah twinning

By Lee Lixenberg, April 24, 2008

Barmitzvah boys separated by thousands of miles and a gulf in living standards have been brought together by a World Jewish Relief twinning scheme.

Chigwell schoolboy Joshua Dobias has donated £600 of his barmitzvah cash to his “twin” Stas — who lives in a children’s home in Odessa, Ukraine, having been rescued from a life of poverty and deprivation.

The money will help pay for Stas’s education during his barmitzvah year, as well as a party, books, clothes, shoes and other gifts including tefilin.


Ukraine benefits from £10,000 quiz fundraiser

April 17, 2008

Almost 300 quiz contestants raised £10,000 for World Jewish Relief from an evening organised by its Gemini committee at St John’s Wood Synagogue. Some of the money will go to the Krivoy Rog Community Centre in Ukraine, which, when completed, will provide activities for the 15,000 Jewish population. The remainder will benefit WJR’s Gifts in Kind aid programme, which distributes new or nearly new goods to communities in Eastern Europe.