About the AJR

The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) provides social, welfare and care services to Jewish victims of Nazi oppression living in Great Britain.

Founded in 1941 by Jewish refugees from central Europe, the AJR has extensive experience attending to the needs of Holocaust refugees and survivors who settled in Britain.

About 70,000 refugees – including approximately 10,000 children on the Kindertransport – arrived in Great Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe in the late 1930s. They were joined at the end of the Second World War by survivors of the ghettos and concentration camps.

Membership of the AJR is extended to all Jewish victims of Nazi oppression and their spouses and we also welcome as members the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and refugees, the Second and Third Generations.

Alongside the support provided by our social services department, the AJR has a nationwide network of regional groups offering members a unique opportunity to socialise and enjoy entertainment in their local area. Members also receive support from volunteers and can obtain advice and assistance on welfare rights as well as on Holocaust reparations.

The Kindertransport (representing the child refugees who arrived in Britain prior to the outbreak of the Second World War) and the Child Survivors Association (offering support to the people, who as children, were trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe) are AJR special interest groups.

Following the closure of the AJR Centre at the end of 2013, AJR members, who previously met at Belsize Square Synagogue on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will now meet at the Sobell Centre, which is based at Amélie House, 221 Golders Green Road, London NW11 9DQ. Click here to read an article about the farewell party and to see some pictures.

The AJR is also committed to ensuring that future generations can learn about the Holocaust. As well as supporting educational, research and commemorative projects, the AJR has produced several resources that will help create the legacy of the Jewish refugees and survivors shedding light on how they rebuilt their lives and their remarkable contributions to Britain.

Annual membership of the AJR is £25 (£35 overseas) and in addition to the services outlined on this website, members receive an annual subscription to AJR Journal, which combines topical news analysis with feature articles as well as book, theatre and film reviews. The Journal also contains profiles of personalities with a connection to the refugee community and promotes forthcoming AJR events and activities.

The AJR enrolment form is here.

For more information about the work of the AJR and details of the services described on this website, to apply for membership or to offer your services as a volunteer please contact us by telephone on 020 8385 3070 or by email at enquiries@ajr.org.uk