15 December 2018 - 7 Tevet 5779 - ז' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
JWA marks 70 years of service to Hong Kong E-mail

One of the earliest established Jewish charitable organisations in Asia, the Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) will mark 70 years this year.

Its roots can be traced back to 1947. Hong Kong was then flooded with refugees, many of whom were Jews who fled WWII in Europe, and found safe haven in China, mainly in Shanghai. These refugees arrived in Hong Kong needing shelter, medical care, food, education and work.

A group of Jewish women led by Richie Raymond, Charlotte Gotkin and Anne Frenkel joined forces with the Red Cross and the Joint Distribution Committee to help those in need. They assisted anywhere possible, from completing visa applications to providing milk for babies and shelter for the refugees.

This group became a charitable organisation, now known as the JWA, which has since played a major role in the Jewish Community, raising funds through charitable events to cover the increasing needs of the expanding community, and organising communal activities such as the JWA Purim Party, the JWA Israel Independence Day Ball and the JWA Charity Bazaar.

In its early years, the JWA assisted refugees to make aliyah to Israel, via the organisation Igud Yotzeii Sin (Association of Former Residents of China). Later, it aided causes outside the Jewish community, sponsoring a drug rehabilitation programme for local women and funding a prison women’s ward.

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