Find­ing frame of ref­er­ence for cri­sis

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

Young World Jewish Re­lief sup­port­ers pro­mot­ing the cam­paign to re­mind the com­mu­nity about the Jewish refugee ex­pe­ri­ence

YOUNG WORLD Jewish Re­lief sup­port­ers have taken to so­cial media to draw at­ten­tion to the refugee cri­sis by mak­ing a link to the Jewish refugee ex­pe­ri­ence.

The “My fam­ily Were Refugees Too” cam­paign en­cour­ages peo­ple to post photos of them­selves wear­ing T-shirts car­ry­ing the slo­gan on so­cial media. They have also been on the streets of Tem­ple For­tune ask­ing shop­pers to pose with a gi­ant photo frame.

WJR young com­mit­tee chair Han­nah Lay­ton said it was im­por­tant to re­mind peo­ple that the cur­rent refugees were “no dif­fer­ent from our fam­i­lies through­out Jewish history. We know only too well from just 70 years ago what it is like to be a refugee. When WJR launched its refugee cri­sis ap­peal, we felt it was im­per­a­tive that young pro­fes­sion­als and re­cent grad­u­ates in our com­mu­nity were given a space to help and sup­port the cam­paign in an easy and en­gag­ing way.”

Among those shar­ing their photos was young com­mit­tee mem­ber Nick Reid, who said: “So­cial media al­lows us to reach all of our mem­bers in­stantly and re­spond to crises as soon as they come about.

“Young peo­ple check the so­cial media plat­forms al­most round the clock, so our mes­sage is dis­sem­i­nated to ev­ery­one al­most im­me­di­ately.”

More than £500 was raised at an event or­gan­ised by the young com­mit­tee for WJR’s cri­sis ap­peal, which has gen­er­ated more than £450,000.

“We know only too well what it is like to be a refugee”

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