World Jewish Relief is the UK Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency. We tackle Jewish poverty and reach beyond our community.
Established in 1933, the charity rescued tens of thousands of people from Nazi-occupied Europe and was largely responsible for organising the Kindertransport, rescuing almost 10,000 unaccompanied children, the majority of whom were Jewish.
We continue our legacy of supporting society’s most vulnerable to this day. Working predominantly in the former Soviet Union, we support the world’s poorest Jewish communities.
Our work is concentrated on three key areas. Firstly, we work with older people to give them dignity in their autumn years. Secondly, we enable people to support themselves and their families through our livelihood programmes, which bring families into work and out of the cycle of poverty forever. Thirdly, we lead the Jewish community’s response to international disasters.
We do all of this as an expression of the Jewish ethos to: “Anticipate charity by preventing poverty” (Maimonides).
Updates about World Jewish Relief:
In August World Jewish Relief took Radio 4 to Zaporozhye in eastern Ukraine to meet the Jewish community and understand how the crisis has impacted them. Over 2 million people have fled their homes due to the fighting in the east of the country including thousands of Jews. World Jewish Relief has been supporting the […]
WJR Chairman and JLC Trustee James Libson writes a personal account of a moving trip that he took with WJR to visit projects that they support in Zaparozhye, Ukraine between 15 and 17 March 2015. I am writing this on the plane back from Istanbul after two moving, profoundly worrying days in Zaparozhye, East Ukraine […]
Although this is my ninth year leading this astonishing organisation, I am constantly amazed by our remarkable ability to convert a pound coin in a tin here in the UK to a food card in Ukraine. Slowly but surely, we are lessening vulnerability across the Former Soviet Union. Lives are being transformed. Change is happening. […]
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 […]
At the end of 2013 we included a piece in our newsletter discussing the fantastic work that World Jewish Relief were doing in response to the terrible disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Following on from this, WJR are pleased to provide an update on the situation in the Philippines. It is now nine months since […]