Shabbat on the Hill with World Jewish Relief and Community Members
Title: Saving lives then and now – how World Jewish Relief is changing lives for good
Time: Approx 11:15/11:30am – Talk takes place after services and will be followed by Kiddush.
Today, World Jewish Relief helps Jews in need, predominantly in Eastern Europe – but it was founded in 1933 as the Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF) and helped approximately 65,000 Jews escape Nazi-occupied Europe before, during and after the Holocaust. Come and hear how the organisation continues to help people living in the most difficult circumstances.
Rebecca Singer, communications officer at World Jewish Relief will host a discussion with Muswell Hill Synagogue members Marc Rubinstein and Janice Lopatkin. Marc will talk about his experience visiting vulnerable communities in Ukraine with his teenage son to see how World Jewish Relief makes a difference across Eastern Europe. Janice will talk about her role as World Jewish Relief’s programmes director and the project she has developed across the North of England helping Syrian refugees in the UK find work. Rebecca will also show how the organisation’s archives hold information on the thousands of refugees it helped rescue in the 1930s and 40s.
Rebecca Singer is the Communications Officer at World Jewish Relief. She previously worked as a broadcast journalist at the BBC, making business programmes for Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 and the World Service and still produces religious leaders on Radio 2’s faith programme ‘Pause for Thought’.