Tzedek gets Bat­tle spoils

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

LEEDS LABOUR MP John Bat­tle told the an­nual meet­ing of over­seas de­vel­op­ment char­ity Tzedek that its val­ues were in­spi­ra­tional and a les­son to the wider com­mu­nity.

Tzedek was “light years ahead” of other or­gan­i­sa­tions in not only sup­port­ing projects in West Africa and In­dia, but ed­u­cat­ing UK Jews about de­vel­op­ment is­sues. “De­vel­op­ment is the route to peace,” he de­clared.

The 50 Tzedek sup­port­ers at the north Lon­don meet­ing were also shown a video of for­mer World Bank pres­i­dent Sir James Wolfen­sohn in con­ver­sa­tion with the Chief Rabbi at a re­cent fundraiser for the char­ity.

Tzedek is in line for an in­come of over £350,000 for the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, com­pared to £70,000 three years ago. Di­rec­tor Dan Berelowitz at­tributes this to “be­ing re­fresh­ingly unique in the crowded mar­ket­place of Jewish char­i­ties. And a few peo­ple have said to us that they are switch­ing their do­na­tions to Tzedek from Ox­fam or Action Aid be­cause of their stance on Is­rael.”

The char­ity also re­ceived a £200,000 Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment grant “over three years to teach so­cial jus­tice in Jewish schools, syn­a­gogues and youth move­ments”.

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