Inspired by Jewish values, our mission is to transform the lives of primarily, but not exclusively, vulnerable Jewish communities, outside the UK and Israel, by reducing poverty and enabling lasting, sustainable change. WJR is proud to work within and beyond the needs of its own Jewish community.
Additionally, at times of major international disaster, WJR leads UK Jewry’s response to those most affected, irrespective of their race, religion or ethnicity.
Established in 1933 as the Central British Fund for German Jews, the charity rescued over 100,000 Jewish people from Germany before WWII and was also largely responsible for organising the Kindertransport, bringing over 10,000 unaccompanied, mainly Jewish children, from Nazi-occupied Europe.
Today, we continue this proud tradition of assisting vulnerable communities, now providing simple, but effective services to those most acutely affected by poverty. Most of this work takes place across the former Soviet Union, where WJR has developed a detailed understanding of client needs over the last 20 years. These initiatives have concentrated on the provision of homecare, food, winter relief and medical support to the elderly, families with young children and those living with disability, whose household income levels are insufficient to meet their most basic requirements.
WJR also recognises the importance of supporting long term sustainable programmes that enable clients to break the cycle of poverty and ultimately help themselves. Our livelihood development programmes provide parents, particularly single mothers, with the skills and opportunities to improve their employability while assisting with the burden of childcare. Other projects also enable children with disabilities, or young people from chronically deprived backgrounds, to benefit from a mainstream education and fully participate in the society to which they belong.