Drop-in centre for asylum seekers launched by United Synagogue
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Drop-in centre for asylum seekers launched by United Synagogue

Service at Hendon shul will help up to 12 families at a time, in a scheme inspired by the rabbi's own family’s experiences

Hendon United Synagogue
Hendon United Synagogue

The United Synagogue is to set up a new drop-in centre for asylum seekers in the middle of north London’s Jewish community.

The service will help up to 12 families at a time and be accessible for two hours per month at the Hendon Synagogue Community Centre, designed to help those forced to flee their own country. Each family will have been approved by the Home Office and their case worker before attending.

Hendon United’s Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury cited his own family’s experiences, with his grandparents coming to the UK as refugees from Nazi Germany in 1938. “Had they not been granted sanctuary in the UK, I and many dozens of their other descendants would, in all probability, not be here to tell the tale,” he said.

“It is a privilege to be part of an unfolding tale of Jewish destiny and responsibility when, within two generations, those who are direct descendants of once vulnerable asylum seekers can take part in a project to extend support to others who are today’s unfortunate and vulnerable asylum seekers.”

Volunteers will support for asylum seekers by offering professional mentoring, providing food and friendship, as well as a play area run by Tribe.

Rabbi Michael Laitner of the Jewish Living Division and Finchley Synagogue, said: “We have a duty to support all those who need our help and are delighted that we are able to do our part.”

Help perform the greatest mitzvah: save a life

While life in Israel has returned to normal and hopes are high that Britain is set for a summer without restrictions thanks to vaccines, for billions around the world there is no such imminent light at the end of the tunnel. In the majority of countries around the globe, particularly the poorest, the vaccine rollout has barely kicked off.

That's why Jewish News, the leading source of news and opinion for the entire UK community, is throwing its full weight behind UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign by using this platform usually reserved for encouraging donations towards our own journalism to instead urge our readers around the globe to perform the greatest mitzvah: saving a life.

We have never before done this for any charity fundraiser but it's hard to recall a campaign that affects so many people, and indeed an entire planet aching for a return to normality. Just like the Chief Rabbi and Rachel Riley, we hope to boost the mission to deliver two billion vaccines, 165 million treatments and 900 million test kits around the world by the end of this year.

Please donate as much as you can, in the spirit of the Talmudic sages: “to save one life is to save the world entire”

read more:
comments