To say that the fifteen months that have elapsed since the last edition of the Jewish Charity Guide have been challenging is a complete understatement.  Covid-19 has affected life throughout the world, bringing death and disability, sending whole nations into social isolation, and causing enormous financial problems in its wake.

The charity sector in the UK and Israel has been on the front line in coping with the human tragedy that the pandemic created. Hard decisions soon followed – introducing emergency arrangements, instituting new hygiene regimes, putting staff on long-term leave, or enforcing redundancies. Services that vulnerable people – children, the elderly, the mentally ill, depended on have been halted or seriously cut back.

The requirements of social distancing have seriously impeded the ability of charities to raise funds. Nearly every charity in this book has reported the cancellation of significant events and the consequent loss of income. Nonetheless, when we talk to our advertisers, their resilience and determination to continue serving their communities have been most striking.

The Jewish community has been fortunate in the range and quality of the work undertaken by the voluntary sector.  What is needed now is not another round of applause from the doorways but concerted action in providing legacies and lifetime gifts. As we ease out of the crisis, however slowly, however painfully, we all have to ensure that the quality of Jewish life continues and thrives.

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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