“Making a Difference in the World”
How Jewish charities have had an impact in the wider world
At our Summer Seminar on July 5th, 2017, a panel of speakers addressed the current refugee problems in Europe and the UK, and the role of volunteers throughout the world.
Dr Judith Stanton, the new CEO of Tzedek spoke about their work, particularly in Africa and India, encouraging the local residents to set up small enterprises and become self-sufficient. Tzedek also sends many volunteers to help with education and social care in the developing world.
Rebecca Singer of World Jewish Relief showed a film about the history of the organisation, beginning with the Kindertransport, and spoke of the help they are giving to Jewish communities in the Ukraine. She also showed pictures of the emergency relief to refugees in Turkey and Greece, and how the families were supported on their arrival .
Nic Schlagman of West London Synagogue spoke of his own family who arrived in the Kindertransport, which inspired him to work with refugees. He was involved with the African Refugee Development Centre while living in Israel, and described an extraordinary Refugee Seder that he organized there with 1,000 refugee guests.
While working with WLS, he has made many visits to Calais with vans of aid for residents of the camps there. Refugee children without families are a particular concern of his, and the Safe Passage campaign is trying to bring more unaccompanied children to this country.
There were several questions from members of the audience who wanted to know more about how they could help these unaccompanied refugee children.