Thank you to our supporters, partners, staff and trustees for everything that we have achieved together over the past financial year (July - June) to tackle Jewish poverty and to help those in crisis around the world.
Our work reflects the deeply-ingrained Jewish values of hesed, loving kindness, and tzedakah, charity or social justice. We support our own Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and we reach beyond to other communities, supporting those in crisis and saving lives across the world.
Over the past year, we have driven ahead with our mission to end Jewish poverty. This year, we have helped 19,191 older people – repaired their homes, looked after their every need and brought them into the community. I am especially proud that our efforts impact not only on individual lives but on care and welfare across societies. In partnership with Jewish Care, World Jewish Relief has pioneered dementia care in Ukraine, helping shape the first ever Ukrainian national dementia conference.
For the next generation, we empower people to help themselves and their communities so that, eventually, we won’t have to. We continue to invest in the ground-breaking livelihoods work, this year supporting 6,796 people, 78% of whom found employment. We are ensuring that the next generation do not find themselves living in the same kind of conditions that we are helping their parents to deal with on a day-to-day basis. We tackle youth unemployment and support entrepreneurs to develop their own businesses. Simple, smart and effective, it’s enabled 45 entrepreneurs to employ 82 of the most vulnerable members of the community this year.
Through tackling the intricacies and complexities of global Jewish poverty, we have developed an unparalleled body of expertise, which we are now bringing to bear in our role as our community’s humanitarian agency. This year we have helped almost 65,000 people caught in natural disasters or fleeing conflict or persecution; our community is fulfilling its Jewish charitable responsibility to help those beyond our own, using us as the vehicle.
Our work recalls our predecessors. This year, approaching the 80th anniversary since we instigated the Kindertransport, we have remembered and been inspired by their heroism. In the 1930s, we saved lives because they were Jewish, now we save lives because we are Jewish. There is no more Jewish story than the refugee story – we have lived it throughout our existence. Our work with refugees in the UK, generously supported by the British government, has won plaudits for its role in ensuring that Syrian refugees are employable, job-ready and play an active role in British society.
So, as I look back on the last year, I reflect with pride at our impact both within vulnerable Jewish communities and across our humanitarian work. But I also look ahead to the challenges we still face to end Jewish poverty and to support those in need. That is why we will continue to push ourselves and our partners to be even better. That is why we will ask our supporters to do even more, to change even more lives, for good.
On behalf of all the individuals, families and communities we assist, thank you for your support.