World Jewish Relief

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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