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.

In the UK alone we have hundreds of organizations of all sizes looking after the welfare, health, culture, heritage and education of many thousands of Jews who live not only here but also in Israel and throughout the world, not to mention the many thousands more who are of different faiths – and none – supported by Jewish charities through the terrible effects of poverty, famine, war and natural disasters.

All but the luckiest UK charities are completely dependent on income from their own fundraising efforts supplemented by sporadic support from a variety of sources such as local government, the Lottery and other grant-making trusts but this does not in any way guarantee their survival:   government cost-cutting is still having an impact on care in the community as well as many other services and facilities and there is little sign at the moment that this situation will be reversed, so the strain on resources continues.  In Israel, many thousands live below the poverty line and the extra pressure that arises from the need for state-of-the-art security is expensive and a drain on the country’s finances.

If we want to continue providing top quality services tailored to our Community, not only do we need to dig deeper right now but we also need to leave generous bequests in our Wills. Continuity of provision cannot be taken for granted.

We hope you will use this Guide to help you decide which charities to support. Feel free to contact any of the organizations featured to find out more about their work and how your funds will help them to achieve their aims.

Tzedakah will always be integral to Jewish communal life.  We are fortunate in the quality of the agencies that serve us. If we don’t support them, who will?

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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