Last November’s budget was hardly full of hope for the next ten or 20 years. Many people’s wages are only set to rise by a tiny percentage – if at all -and many more working and unemployed people will consequently drop below the poverty line. For people with physical disabilities or mental health problems this will mean an even greater fight to manage their budgets and in the wider community there will be further cuts and economies as local councils struggle to provide services for all.

At the same time the State of Israel remains a country of contrasts. A few streets away from the site of a glittering new shopping mall, containing goods bearing virtually every leading branded name, you will find tenement buildings with families dependent on food parcels provided by local charities.

Neither inequality nor poverty have yet been eliminated.

When we first produced the Jewish Charity Guide in 1992 our aim was to encourage our readers to research specifically Jewish charities to name as beneficiaries in their wills and we still promote this as a way of supporting the many vital services they offer to the Jewish community here and abroad – from social welfare, education and sports, to culture, religious matters and research, to mention but a few. However, many charities are having to raise considerably more funds than ever before to keep pace with the increasing need to supplement local government funding and we now feel it has become equally important to encourage charitable giving in one’s lifetime.

Please consider putting aside a little more this year to support Jewish charities in your lifetime and in your Will – and use this Guide to its fullest to research and contact those where you feel you would like to place your donations. You can make donations directly to the charity or, if you prefer, you can browse our website ( and then donate direct to the charity or via our Donate button.

Either way, your contribution will be gratefully received and you will be helping to preserve an outstanding network of organizations that are vital to the Jewish future.

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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