Here is what we've been up to - February 2018 Highlights:
Our big news in February was the launch of our Disaster Fund. We'll be able to use the money donated to this fund to respond to any humanitarian crisis in the world. We've launched it to help us respond to crisis like that in Bangladesh, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. The Jewish Chronicle and other newspapers reported on our collaboration with other Jewish charities (IsraAid, the JDC and the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Response) to provide a ‘global Jewish response’. We'll be providing non-food items to the most vulnerable refugee families, primarily women and girls. Our CEO Paul Anticoni told the paper, “Sanitation and healthcare is appalling and the threat of outbreaks of infectious disease looms. Despite recent political assurances that they can start returning home, this is not going to happen anytime soon, if at all.”
Enthusiastic genealogists will have read about our archives in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. The “30 Minute Genealogist” reveals that Ruby Wax discovered how her family had been affected by the Holocaust when she appeared on the programme. World Jewish Relief has files on many of the 65,000 refugees we helped escape Nazi Europe and if, like Ruby Wax, you have Jewish European heritage who came to the UK in the 1930s and 40s then we may have your family history!
One of the highlights of our year is our Annual Dinner at Guildhall where we get to meet our supporters and talk to them directly about our work. The Jewish News reported that we raised in excess of £1.2m, bringing ‘the plight of Ukraine’s Jewish community into sharp focus’. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was there along with Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev. The guest speaker, Philippe Sands QC told the audience about how World Jewish Relief helped his own family escape Nazi Europe in 1938. He spoke about his new book East West Street which tells the story about his family in Lviv before the war and he told guests it was an honour to support “this extraordinary organisation”.
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