Strangers and Neighbours

This blog post comes from Rabbi Willy Wolff, written in 2006 for ‘Written All Over Our History – A Yom Limmud for Ester Gluck’ exploring Jewish responsibility towards refugees. One commandment in the Torah seems uncannily to have been almost written with Ester in mind. For she observed it bechol levavah, with all her great […]

Refugees and the Human Rights Act

How might repealing the Human Rights Act impact upon refugees and asylum seekers in the UK? With a British Bill of Rights still proposed by the government to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA 1998), some rights currently enjoyed by all residents in the UK could be under threat. Ben Brodie explores how repealing the […]

Plugging the employment gap

Paul Anticoni is Chief Executive of World Jewish Relief, the UK Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency. This article first appeared in the Jewish News. Read it here. Maya fled Syria in 2013 after her husband was killed in the conflict. She spent two years in a refugee camp in Turkey struggling to get by with her three […]

Welcoming Refugees

Rabbi Danny Rich is the Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism and Co-Chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board. I am privileged to serve as one of the three unpaid Co-Chairs of the National Refugee Welcome Board which was established by the ‘crowd funding’ of members of 38 Degrees and is independently managed under […]

Now It’s Our Turn

Debora Singer MBE is the Policy & Research Manager at Asylum Aid and has worked extensively with women in the asylum system. Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity which works to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK. They provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers. Along with many other Jews, […]

Why we should support refugees this Mitzvah Day

Edie Friedman is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. Mitzvah Day is this Sunday 22nd November. Click here to find out how you can get involved. This article first appeared in the Hendon & Finchley Times. Media coverage of the ongoing refugee crisis is diminishing, but the reality is that it remains very […]

In the Path of Refugees – My Trip to Idomeni with the Chief Rabbi

Rabbi David Mason is rabbi of Muswell Hill Synagogue. He visited Idomeni in Greece with the Chief Rabbi, Dayan Binstock, Rabbis Bergson and Boudilovsky and World Jewish Relief representatives to see the work that WJR is doing for refugees there. How unpredictable world events can sometimes be from an individual vantage point. I only last Thursday visited a […]

Upon Arrival

Ben Wright is Education Co-ordinator at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE). Since the summer refugees have been a constant fixture in British news broadcasts and publications. Whether the reports have left us feeling empathy, anger, frustration or emptiness, it has been a topic near impossible not to engage with. Yet the images we’ve often […]

Reach out in care, compassion & friendship

This is a Yom Kippur sermon, written and delivered by Rabbi Margaret Jacobi, rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. 23 September 2015/10 Tishri 5776. The first Yom Kippur morning sermon I gave in this Synagogue was about the duty to protest.  I quoted the words of our Haftarah: ‘Cry aloud, do not hold back; let your voice […]