British Jewry mobilises humanitarian aid and donations for Afghan refugees

British Jews are continuing the humanitarian aid effort for Afghan refugees by stepping up the collection of thousands of donations of goods, money and other assistance.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has launched a new resource across synagogues, businesses, and charities to collect physical donations and raise funds to support refugees from the ongoing crisis.

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said, “In the wake of the crisis caused by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, there are thousands of refugees in dire need. Many Jewish communities in the UK have already stepped up and are doing all they can to help. I am proud that people are spending so much time and effort are providing this urgent humanitarian aid.”

The group shared community efforts in South Manchester, where the Yeshurun synagogue hosted an event for the collection of goods to those displaced by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. In the eastern English town of Bushey, a local synagogue was recently inundated with thousands of bags containing everything from clothes to toys and books.

Griggs Home, a development and construction company in Radlett is collecting donations of toiletries, clothes, books, and toys. And the Jewish Council of Racial Equality (JCORE) has initiated the Afghan Emergency Appeal to raise funds for refugees in the UK with basic necessities — from outerwear and underwear to toothpaste and towels — as well as practical, social and psychological support.

“Following our call to the UK Government to expand on its plans for the resettlement of Afghan refugees, many in the Jewish community are looking for ways to support those are fleeing the conflict, including those who have recently arrived in the UK,” the Board of Deputies said.


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