Tony Blair reaches out to ‘Jewish val­ues’ at Suc­cot

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

TONY BLAIR, the for­mer prime min­is­ter, to­day lauds the work done by Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions to al­le­vi­ate poverty around the world, and calls upon the com­mu­nity to join other faith groups in fight­ing hunger and de­pri­va­tion.

Writ­ing in this week’s Jewish Chron­i­cle, Mr Blair says that the cur­rent fes­ti­val of Suc­cot “gives rise to the virtues of char­ity and sol­i­dar­ity, core covenan­tal val­ues ex­pressed in the work of the com­mu­nity’s NGOs — World Jewish Re­lief and Tzedek, among oth­ers”.

Mr Blair launched his own Faith Foun­da­tion in May this year, with the ob­ject of get­ting re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­alise the United Na­tions’ Mil­len­nium Goals on de­vel­op­ment and fight­ing poverty around the world.

He writes that the ob­jec­tives “ r e f l e c t t w o great forces in Ju­daism: its prophetic tra­di­tion, t he c r y t o bring peo­ple out of poverty and suf­fer­ing; and a set of steps that in­di­cate the right path in which to go, a shared way based on char­ity and sol­i­dar­ity, tikkun olam [heal­ing the world] for a global part­ner­ship against poverty.” Mr Blair’s Faith Foun­da­tion has cre­ated Faiths Acts Fel­low­ships, for young peo­ple from the UK and North Amer­ica who will work in in­ter­faith pairs in coun­tries around the world, to­wards achiev­ing the Mil­le­nium Goals. “They will need... Jewish... val­ues of ser­vice and char­ity,” writes Mr Blair.

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