Top rab­bis back Africa ap­peal

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

SE­NIOR RAB­BIS from across the community have united be­hind a Jewish char­ity’s ini­tia­tive to help mil­lions of Africans threat­ened with star­va­tion.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Se­nior Re­form Rabbi Laura Jan­ner-Klaus­ner, Rabbi Danny Rich, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Lib­eral Ju­daism, Se­nior Ma­sorti Rabbi Jonathan Wit­ten­berg and Rabbi Joseph Dweck, leader of the S&P Sephardi Community are urg­ing their com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port World Jewish Re­lief’s East Africa Food Cri­sis ap­peal.

WJR launched the ini­tia­tive with the back­ing of 13 ma­jor com­mu­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

More than 16 mil­lion people in So­ma­lia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Su­dan need food, water and med­i­cal treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to the Dis­as­ters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee. Drought, poor rains and con­flict have dec­i­mated har­vests in the re­gion.

WJR said it will work with its part­ners on the ground to en­sure help reaches the most vul­ner­a­ble people.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: “How can we en­joy a meal while mil­lions face famine? I urge ev­ery­one who is able, to con­trib­ute some­thing to this es­sen­tial ap­peal.” Do­na­tions can be made at­jew­ishre­­cri­sis

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