This year our High Holy Day Appeal will be split 3 ways between World Jewish Relief’s Disaster Fund, British Shalom Salaam Trust and PLJC.
World Jewish Relief is the British Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency.
Inspired by Jewish values, WJR enable people in poverty to live with dignity, self-reliance and hope. They support the world’s poorest Jewish communities, predominantly in Eastern Europe, because kol arayvim zeh la’zeh – as Jews we are responsible for one another. They also work beyond our community, inspired by the Jewish values of caring for the stranger, and recognising that all people have the right to personal dignity, and the chance to fulfil their potential.
World Jewish Relief’s Disaster Fund is being used presently to support the recent Indonesian earthquake, amongst many other things. The earthquake has killed hundreds of people and left thousands of lives devastated.
The recovery effort will take a very long time. World Jewish Relief has vital experience in responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Not only do they provide emergency relief in the form of shelters and the provision of food and water, but they go beyond that to help people rebuild their lives, and livelihoods, through long-term strategies in vocational and agricultural training.
You can find out more about their current programmes through this web page:https://www.worldjewishrelief.org/news
The second of our charities is the British Shalom Salaam Trust (BSST). The BSST is a Jewish charity which works in Israel supporting small-scale, grass roots projects in health, education, anti-poverty and human rights.
The common factor for the projects that BSST support is developing opportunities for peace and cooperation. In so doing, the trust’s work helps to foster positive relations between all communities in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Golan, as well as working with refugees from Africa ,and unregistered migrant workers.
Patrons of the BSST include Rabbi Danny Rich, Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah and Rabbi Jeffrey Newman.
You can read about the most recent projects supported by the BSST in their latest annual report: http://www.bsst.org.uk/about-us/annual-reports/
Finally, the third worthy cause for this year’s High Holy Day appeal is our very own Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community. We are not yet registered as a 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. To keep a thriving Jewish community in the Peterborough region, we need your support.