On Yom Kippur we read in the Haftarah, “Is not this the fast I look for: to release the shackles of injustice, to undo the fetters of bondage, to let the oppressed to free, and to break every cruel chain? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into your house? When you see the naked, to clothe them?”
Few can fail to have been moved by the plight of the refugees from Syria. Europe is facing a refugee crisis the like of which has not been seen since the Second World War. Many of our families were refugees themselves. As Jews, this crisis touches us. Our first charity this year is therefore World Jewish Relief’s refugee crisis appeal to provide food, blankets, clothing and shelter to refugees in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece.
The second of our good causes for this year is our very own Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community. We are not a recognised charity but we are a community of modest means and our current funds obtained from membership fees need to be boosted in order to sustain and develop our community. Simply put, if you want to see a thriving Jewish community in the Peterborough region, we need your support.