Mix schmoozing with business at the Kol Chai Business Club


The Jewish Council for Racial Equality is urging communities to consider the plight of refugees and destitute asylum seekers in Britain.   As a result we have decided to make a change of direction in our ongoing collection at Kol Chai.

For two years we have been collecting for Harrow Foodbank: currently it is very well stocked with food so we have decided to suspend that collection for the time being. From Rosh Hashanah onwards we will be collecting the following items for distribution to Refugees and Destitute Asylum seekers through the drop-in gatherings at various Synagogues:

Underwear – packets of new underwear for adults and children (the adults in large sizes please)

Nappies – all sizes

Please drop off your contributions in the lobby at Kol Chai as usual.    And if you are attending a meeting or event please remember to bring something along.

These synagogues have regular Drop-In sessions for Destitute Asylum Seekers and Refugees.   If you can go along to offer help on a Sunday afternoon or wish to donate clothing or food please contact the group directly and let them know.

Name of  Project

Where and When  it meets

What Help Do They Need?

Who to Contact

Drop-In Centre for Destitute
Asylum Seekers

(New North London Synagogue)


first Sunday of every month at:

Primary School, Plane Tree Walk, East Finchley


volunteers needed each month to offer a friendly welcome, serve food,
distribute clothing, etc.  Clothing in labelled bags and cooked food:
rice, pasta, potatoes, vegetable and bean dishes, as well as salads,
hard-boiled eggs and fruit needed..  Any finger-food – sandwiches or
falafels – would also be great.

To volunteer please email us at:



Refugee Drop In



last Sunday of each month at Alyth

food, (generously prepared and donated by volunteers), advice on accessing
services, courses for study, grants, CV writing , interview skills,
form filling and the opportunity to practice English

8455 6763

Or mail@alyth.org.uk

WLS Drop-In Centre

(West London Synagogue)


third Sunday of each month, 2.30 – 4.30 pm at WLS

We provide a hot meal, grocery
vouchers, clothing, companionship and advice for parents and children who
have fled life-threatening violence or persecution in the countries they are
from. We count on volunteers to provide a warm welcome to people who are commonly
shunned as a consequence of the popular misconception that they are here by
choice. Help needed: donating nappies, basmati rice and clothing (in good,
wearable condition).  We are there to support each other as much as to
assist the mothers, fathers and children who come for our help.


LJS Drop-In


(Liberal Jewish Synagogue)


second Sunday of each month near LJS

quality clothing – especially children’s (regular and school uniform).

and an informal selection of tinned food are made available to those who need
them. A hot meal is also provided.

Rita Adler on a month-by-month basis to find out what is needed.  Email: