The Jewish concept of charity is rooted in the Hebrew word Tzedakah – linked with righteous behaviour and justice. It remains essential to everything we stand for.

The first weeks of 2020 have brought sad news from around the world about the rise of antisemitism, which is manifesting itself in online abuse, hate crimes, boycotting of Israeli goods, damage to Jewish-owned properties and graveyards, and increasing reports of physical attacks.

Once again, Jewish communities in many countries, including the UK, are having to face not only the pressures of this but also the extra strain placed upon them by the general shortfall of financial support for health, welfare, disability, culture and sport.

We have an outstanding reputation for ‘looking after our own’ – as well as reaching out to the wider community – but now, more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to ensure the safety and welfare of Jewish communities wherever they may be, whilst keeping alive our heritage and our outreach work.

In Israel, the non-profit sector is extremely active, frequently providing services that public bodies do not have the funding or the flexibility to offer. This is another world, away from the country’s outward public affluence, and so much depends on the generosity of Jewish individuals and groups, both in Israel itself and from Jewish communities around the world.

Leaving a legacy to a Jewish charity can help to prolong its survival long after it is received and, if coupled with a lifetime donation or regular payments over a prolonged period, will enable the donor to see the benefits of their generosity and perhaps encourage family and friends to do likewise.

With the introduction of online donation facilities – such as the Jewish Charity Guide Donate Button – it has never been easier to support your favourite charity or charities. And for those who are not computer literate a personal cheque or a gift through an agency such as Smart Giving is just as welcome! And please don’t forget that if you are able to register for Gift Aid you can increase the value of your gift by 25% if you pay the charity direct. A solicitor or financial adviser can always offer help and advice if you are confused by the many options available for giving.

Please act today and give what you can. If not you, then who….?

Sharon Graham and Alan Gold, Joint Editors


Please note: The editors accept no responsibility for any information supplied to them by individual charities about their work or charitable status, which is accepted in good faith, as are the opinions voiced by the authors of the articles featured at the front of the Guide. 

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