World Jewish Relief is leading British Jewry’s response to the Ebola crisis, with synagogue movements and communal institutions from right across the community supporting the appeal.
Ebola is devastating communities across West Africa. Over 5,000 people have died. Away from the TV cameras, though, a hidden crisis is developing. Thousands of children have been made orphans. Heartbreakingly, some children have been rejected by their own families fearing they are infected.
Urgent assistance is needed to provide survival packs for these children. We are working with our local partner Street Children of Sierra Leone to provide food and water, clothing, a mattress and bedding. A pack costs £50 and your donation could be life-changing.
Going forward, your support could help us place children in adoptive families, provide critical psychological support and train social workers in counselling skills.
Backing the appeal, the Chief Rabbi said:
It is a mitzvah for us to do what we can to help fight the Ebola virus and to assist those affected by this crisis.
Endorsing the appeal, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, said:
The Talmud teaches us that by saving one life, it is as if we have saved an entire world. I urge our community to reach out and support the WJR Ebola Crisis Appeal to save lives in West Africa where Ebola is having such a devastating effect on communities.
World Jewish Relief’s chief executive, Paul Anticoni, said:
This is a crisis we simply cannot ignore. The world is racing to contain the virus. There is still no proven vaccination. There is no cure. Urgent assistance is needed to provide vital resources to millions at risk of infection. As with all of our emergency appeals, World Jewish Relief is proud to have the Ebola crisis emergency appeal endorsed by 14 communal bodies and synagogue movements.
To donate, please visit www.wjr.org.uk/ebola or call World Jewish Relief on 0208 736 1250