World Jewish Relief Annual Dinner - Page 3



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We l c o m e f r o m
our Chair
W E LC O M E TO W O R L D J E W I S H R E L I E F ’ S 2 0 1 9 A N N U A L D I N N E R . I W O U L D
L I K E TO T H A N K O U R S U P P O R T E R S , PA R T N E R S , S TA F F A N D T R U S T E E S F O R
E V E R Y T H I N G T H AT W E H AV E AC H I E V E D TO G E T H E R OV E R T H E PA S T Y E A R TO
TAC K L E J E W I S H P OV E R T Y A N D TO H E L P T H O S E I N C R I S I S A R O U N D T H E W O R L D.
Our work always recalls the
impact our predecessors
had on people’s lives and
the values that drove
them. This year marked
the 80th anniversary of
the Kindertransport; we
continue to be inspired by
the extraordinary efforts of
our founders who fought to
bring those children to safety
in Britain.
It is the lives of members
of the Jewish communities
of Eastern Europe which
are, and continue to be,
the foundation of our
work. We will never forget
these communities and
particularly the community’s
older members whose
vulnerability never ceases
to shock me when I see
the work. Last year alone,
we helped almost 20,000
older people through our
transformative work on
mental health, homecare,
dementia awareness, medical
care and home repairs.
We will continue to work
tirelessly as we aspire to end
Jewish poverty.
That same dedication to
older people underpins our
work on Jewish livelihoods.
We know that giving
people the confidence, skills
and wherewithal to find
employment is the best way
of changing individuals’
and communities’ futures.
The principles that guided
Maimonides to create his
levels of charitable giving
in the 12th century hold true
today – teach a person to fish
and they will fish for a day,
give them a rod and they
will fish for a lifetime. Last
year, we helped 2,070 people
to find work in 5 countries,
giving them the ability to
support their own families
and dependents.
Our work with refugees
in the UK, generously
supported by AMIF – the
EU’s Asylum, Migration
and Integration Fund - has
won plaudits for its role
in ensuring that Syrian
refugees are employable,
job-ready and play an active
role in British society. Equally
relevant to the Jewish
experience is our work in
Rwanda with survivors of
the 1994 genocide – as you
will see from Guadileva’s
story, we are committed
to rebuilding lives and
strengthening communities.
As uncertainty looms, at
home and abroad, we will
tackle the challenges headon, continuing to push
ourselves and our partners to
be even better. That is why
we will ask our supporters
to do even more, to change
even more lives, for good.
On behalf of all the
individuals, families and
communities we assist, thank
you for your support.
Dan Rosenfield, Chairman

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