Charities by Category: Children And Young Adults
AJEX Charitable Foundation is the only organisation dedicated to supporting the welfare needs of former Jewish Servicemen and Women, their families, and Jewish personnel currently serving in the UK Armed Forces. Irrespective of any immediate circumstances we try to ensure that appropriate support is available wherever, and whenever, it is required. Our ultimate aim is to preserve the independence and dignity of those who seek our help, increasingly relevant when older veterans and surviving family members are faced with additional age-related issues.
Urgent grants are available to assist in emergency situations. Special payments can be made for personal needs, towards essential household repairs and adaptations, and for health and mobility aids. For some this might include a regular contribution to support care costs. Extra assistance is also provided for those facing extra expenses at Passover, New Year and Chanukah.
We also exist to ensure that the immense contribution of veterans from the Jewish Community who served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces is never forgotten. The commitment from thousands of Servicemen and women highlights the important role our community has played, and continues to play, in the fabric of British life.
We would be delighted with donations for both our vital welfare work and also education and remembrance.
(Currently British Friends of Aleh. New charity number expected: please see our website for details).
ADI (Abililty. Diversion. Inclusion) is Israel’s most comprehensive provider of residential care for individuals with severe disabilities, the leader of the national rehabilitation movement, and an international advocate for disability inclusion, equity and access. While empowering hundreds of Israel’s most vulnerable citizens – children, adolescents and adults – to advance well beyond their initial prognoses and live happy, dignified, and meaningful lives, ADI is also establishing fully inclusive communities and laying the groundwork for the provision of the highest-level rehabilitative care for all. ADI offers a wide range of services and community engagement schemes around the world, and through experiential education programming, youth leadership and community engagement, ADI is successfully changing societal attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, and building a better, more caring world.
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. Non-denominational, Shalva’s programmes provide an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, Shalva supports and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Through more than three decades of award-winning programmes, Shalva partners with various institutions in advocacy efforts and is a leader in inclusion activities.
The Shalva National Centre’s advanced programmes and facilities create new frontiers in disability rehabilitation, research, and inclusion; defining new standards in the field and impacting the world beyond those in Shalva’s direct care. https://www.facebook.com/ShalvaUK
(0)20 8209 3010
British Friends of Shuvu
The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raise funds to support educational programmes run by the Art Museums of Israel. These programmes share the rich artistic culture and history of Israel alongside prominent international contemporary art, with future generations across all strata of society. We focus our fund-raising endeavours to support educational programmes targeted at more vulnerable social groups such as children from deprived backgrounds, terminally ill children in hospitals and new immigrants suffering from negative social stigma to name a few. Together with these we support programmes reaching the gifted and talented, as well as Israeli soldiers.
300 Regents Park Road
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s first and foremost University, an acclaimed educational and research institution of the highest calibre that has made an indelible impression both locally and internationally. It is regularly ranked in the world’s top 100. It has played a critical role in the development of the State of Israel and Jewish life, benefiting all citizens whilst reaching out to cure, feed and heal the world. There isn’t a single sphere of activity that has not in some way benefited: science; medicine; water-resourcing; plant, food and veterinary sciences; engineering and high tech; law; the arts, and Jewish studies. Invest in Israel’s most important resource, its brainpower, with a donation or a legacy in your will.
76 Gloucester Place
Established in 1982, the Jaffa Institute is at the forefront of poverty alleviation in Israel. Our mission is to achieve a lasting solution to the poverty which has been entrenched within the communities of Jaffa, south Tel Aviv and Bat Yam for generations. In addition to providing educational programming designed to ensure that the children in our care graduate from high school and achieve a good standard of living as adults, our holistic approach also includes emergency and long-term care facilities for at-risk children, the provision of higher education scholarships to disadvantaged youths, musical enrichment programming, food distribution, vocational training courses and therapeutic care. Through over 30 different programmes, our services reach 4,000 Israelis on an annual basis.
Wellington Street East
Tiferet Shlomo provides a safe and loving home for neglected, orphaned and homeless children who originate from all over the world. Life on the streets leaves many disadvantaged youngsters open to juvenile delinquency and crime. Tiferet Shlomo was established to help these youngsters by providing them with comfortable accommodation, as well as religious, secular and vocational education in a stable and happy environment. £100 will support a child for a month at the orphanage. Your donation now, or a bequest in your will, will help to give another Jewish child the chance to begin again with real hope for the future. Contact us now for a leaflet or more information about how you can help.
221 Golders Green Road
Camp Simcha exists to make a difference to seriously ill Jewish children and their families, throughout the UK, whatever their level of observance.
We support children with over 50 different medical conditions: serious and life-threatening illnesses including cancer, genetic conditions, heart problems, complex surgery, uncontrolled epilepsy or muscular dystrophy; life-changing conditions including serious muscular and skeletal conditions, neurofibromatosis, Type 1 diabetes, severe Crohn’s disease and Colitis; as well as premature and sick babies.
Camp Simcha provides bespoke practical, therapeutic and emotional support, as well as activities designed to bring hope and joy at the darkest of times. We help the whole family: parents, the seriously ill child and siblings, who are often the forgotten sufferers when a child is ill.
020 8203 6066
020 8445 6070
FJRO was created in1919 and in the last ten years has developed numerous projects in Israel in cooperation with The Jaffa Institute (education for children from problematic backgrounds) and providing food and clothing for deprived families; the Forgotten People Fund (supporting the Ethiopian community with education and equipment), and sponsoring The Juludan Research Prize for the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). It makes a number of other donations to charities in Israel and England, particularly for Norwood and the Jewish Community Secondary School. FJRO is supported by the Christadelphian Community for the benefit of ‘The Children of Israel’.
Please consider us when making a donation or writing your Will, so that we can continue to offer these essential services to Jewish families in the UK and Israel.
Additional contact number: 07930 846135
ALYN Hospital, Israel’s ONLY comprehensive paediatric and adolescent rehabilitation centre, is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of physically challenged children and young adults.
ALYN treats patients regardless of religious or ethnic background who suffer from a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. More than 3,500 children, including some from abroad, are treated at ALYN Hospital every year. The ultimate aim of ALYN Hospital’s multidisciplinary staff is to rehabilitate the youngsters in its care and to return them to their families and to the community as quickly as possible having helped them achieve the highest possible levels of function, mobility and independence.
(0)20 8211 1023
Friends of Rachashei Lev
Established in 2004, with bases in London, Manchester and Jerusalem, GIFT’s mission is to develop a giving mindset and lifestyle through education and volunteering. Our schools’ programme sees a curriculum of impactful, thought provoking & practical sessions. Our B’nei Mitzvah giving sessions are fun, hands-on and educational, teaching giving at a crucial age.
Thousands of hours are given each year by GIFT’s volunteers, through the distribution of hundreds of weekly support packages to disadvantaged households. GIFT engages thousands of volunteers in myriad diverse opportunities from tutoring children struggling with school work, cleaning up our parks; offering practical support to families who face daily challenges, through home visits, prescription shopping; and befriending those elderly & living alone.
P O Box 8119
Hassadna Jerusalem Music Conservatory is one of Israel’s premier institutes of music education for over 550 children aged 1-18. Our vision and mission is to provide equal opportunity in music education to all children, regardless of race, religion or socio-economic status. We welcome and actively recruit children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children with special needs, in order to ensure both diversity and equal opportunity for all.
Hassadna provides individual instruction, music theory, chamber music, masterclasses, ensembles, orchestras, and opportunities to perform in concerts and festivals around the world. Our students continue to receive international acclaim, regularly winning first prizes in competitions in Israel and abroad. All of Hassadna’s students receive the highest quality education in a diverse, warm, and supportive environment.
The Holocaust Educational Trust is the leading authority on Holocaust education in the UK, educating people from every background, all over the country. It is our belief that the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory.
We work in schools, universities and in the community to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, providing teacher training, an Outreach programme for schools, teaching aids and resource materials. Since 1999, our Lessons from Auschwitz Project has given over 40,000 post-16 students and teachers the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Today, in an increasingly fragile world, our work is more vital than ever, empowering and equipping young people to stand up against antisemitism, hatred and prejudice in all its forms.
IDF Widows & Orphans (IDFWO) is the sole organisation recognised by the State of Israel, representing the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers (est. 1991). Working with over 8000 widows and orphans, we strive to be the backbone of support that a lost parent or spouse generally provides, offering emotional, social and financial aid, to bring them light and hope once again.
We show those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for Israel that they will never be alone. We provide them with representation to Israeli authorities and a variety of much-needed welfare programmes to support them throughout the calendar year and at every milestone in their lives.
(0)20 8209 3155
Israeli Dance Institute (IDI)
116 Ballards Lane
The Israeli Dance Institute (IDI) is a UK educational charity which nurtures the flame of Jewish identity with Israel at its heart, through Israeli dance. We develop special programmes, train teachers and youth leaders, and run classes for new and experienced dancers. We work with teachers in some 30 schools working with over 4,000 children in the UK. We run a major summer course, Machol Europa, which brings teachers and enthusiasts from around the world. More than 18,000 children worldwide, in Jewish communities emerging or distressed, benefit from this programme. We also have four performing groups, from children to adults, which represent the community at communal and interfaith events.
Founded by legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek over fifty years ago the Jerusalem Foundation’s mission is to shape a modern, unified and vibrant city by creating opportunities for all of Jerusalem’s population groups. Identifying and funding projects to aid and promote economic growth, education, vulnerable populations, dialogue and shared living, arts and culture, and heritage preservation. The Foundation builds philanthropic partnerships and matches donors to worthy projects, preserving the city’s past and laying the groundwork for a dynamic future.
The Jerusalem Foundation – Your share in Jerusalem.
Jewish Child’s Day is a leading grant giving charity, providing a better and brighter future for Jewish children in need for almost 75 years. We use grant funding to support organisations who help us to ensure that no Jewish child should live in hardship, need, pain or suffering — anywhere.
Today, over 19,000 Jewish children each year rely on us to save them from deprivation, disadvantage, abuse and neglect; to nurture them and offer them a better future.
With your help, Jewish Child’s Day, will continue to support dozens of organisations providing medical, educational, therapeutic and humanitarian aid, respite care, protection, and poverty relief to children in need in the UK, Israel and worldwide!
Our considered response to the ever growing challenge of Jewish engagement is Jewish Futures: a singular strategic platform that creates and unites diverse educational organisations and initiatives, propelling each to ensure a future where every single Jew is meaningfully engaged.
To date and through our combined efforts, we continue to make a measurable and real impact on the shape of the Jewish community in the UK. Built upon decades of Jewish educational experience, Jewish Futures organizations represent a broad portfolio of dynamic and innovative initiatives and programmes. Each organization has a proud record of success in attracting, educating and inspiring young Jewish people.
A charitable investment in Jewish Futures is a palpable contribution to Jewish continuity that ensures bright Jewish futures.
(0)20 8989 8990
Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
The Jewish Learning Exchange in the heart of Golders Green has now enthused the hearts and minds of thousands of young Jews for over 30 years! Our educational approach is to share a deeper meaning and greater relevance of Judaism in a way which creates a lasting impression in the everyday lives of our students. Our vision is to continue to inspire Young Jews across the UK through learning and education making Judaism relevant and meaningful in the 21st Century.
Our programmes in schools, on campus and with young professionals continue to make a meaningful difference to thousands of Jewish lives. Your support will ensure we can affect thousands more for many years to come!
The JMC is the go-to resource for building and maintaining healthy Jewish relationships through confidential, expert, sensitive support for individuals, couples and families. Our daily challenges consist of contemporary issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, mental and physical abuse and the inability to form and maintain stable relationships.
Counsellors encourage individuals and couples to dedicate time talking about what healthy relationships mean and how to achieve them. Family Therapists help children, adolescents and adults find a modus operandi without taking sides or attributing blame.
With your help we can ensure that every future generation receives all the guidance necessary to maintain healthy relations. We rely solely on your support. Your donation goes a long way to help us achieve our goals.
In this generation, Jewish continuity, engagement and commitment cannot be taken for granted. Studies have shown that immersive Jewish educational experiences have enduring impact on the life choices of young people.
Jroots exists in order to facilitate impactful Jewish travel experiences to places of historic significance worldwide. Jroots has a track record of success in engendering a powerful sense of Jewish pride and communal responsibility amongst its students. The flagship Jroots Poland trip has been adopted by schools, student groups and communities nationwide as the gold standard of Jewish informal educational experiences. Over 70 groups each year participate on such life-changing journeys, often involving subsidies of over £500 per student.
JSENSE believes passionately that every child and young person with special educational needs (SEND) deserves the best possible specialised help to maximise their individual educational achievements. Based in Greater Manchester, we work with parents, carers and siblings of Jewish children and young people with SEND.
Our free, confidential Helpline offers advice, guidance and signposting by trained, support workers. An additional Advocacy support service starts in Summer 2021.We support parents, siblings, and carers to be more empowered and confident to support their child or young person.
JSENSE also works closely with schools offering training, support, and consultancy services. We aim to prevent isolation, improve self-esteem, and promote community integration of Jewish children and young people with special educational needs.
333 Edgware Road
Kisharon transforms the lives of children and adults with a wide range of learning disabilities. It is the only Jewish organization providing education, supported living and a complement of adult services which include an employment programme, social enterprise opportunities and life skills courses. All of which are offered across the community.
At Kisharon we believe equality is everyone’s right, whichever path they take. We provide a structured yet warm and caring environment that ensures every individual can meet their potential to live as independently as possible whilst integrating within the wider community. Please contact us for further information on how you can help or to make a donation.
Langdon empowers Jewish youth and adults with learning disabilities to live the independent lives they deserve. We do this by providing them with supported living, employment opportunities, education and a vibrant social life, all within a Jewish ethos.
Through Langdon’s supported living houses in London and Manchester, our members live in their own homes, with the appropriate level of support to meet individual needs. This enables them to gain independence in a safe and secure environment, living as a community within a community.
London, NW4 2BZ
Maccabi GB is Britain’s leading Anglo-Jewish sports, health and wellbeing charity and has flourished for over 80 years. Maccabi GB delivers over 250 projects, programmes and events for the community each year, ensuring these cater for all sections of the Community and that everyone has the opportunity to participate in sport, health and wellbeing activities along with informal education on Jewish identity, history and culture.
In this increasingly fragmented society, it is more important than ever that the Jewish Community can come together to express their Jewish identity without fear of judgement, make friends, learn valuable life skills, and feel a sense of belonging. Maccabi GB enables the Community to do all of those things and so much more.
Maccabi GB continues to deliver a range of international sporting events. We send a team annually to the JCC Maccabi Games in America and also larger delegations to the European Maccabi Games and the Pan-American Maccabi Games every four years. In between, and also every four years, we send over 450 athletes to Israel for the Maccabiah Games. The Jewish Olympics now plays host to over 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries. We work with our affiliated clubs, sports leagues and the community by providing quality youth projects such as the Streetwise Leadership Programme and Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination.
(0)20 8441 6051
Maccabi London Brady Recreational Trust
Malki Foundation uniquely supports thousands of Israeli families who care at home for a child with severe disabilities. We provide them with the means to obtain paramedical therapy sessions (physical, occupational, speech, hydrotherapy, and horse-riding) when Israel’s government-mandated safety net runs out or when, for bureaucratic reasons that no parent can accept, the system says no.
For families in Israel’s peripheral communities where therapists are scarce, our supervised therapists travel directly to the child’s home. Malki Foundation also provides home-care equipment enabling families to keep a child with severe special needs at home rather than succumb to institutionalization for lack of realistic alternatives.
Founded in 2001 by parents who understand the need, we are passionate, efficient, and effective.
44a Albert Road
At Ohel Sarah, our mission is to enrich the quality of life for over 600 children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities in Israel by providing comprehensive, ongoing support in education, employment and independent living.
Delivering care from age six until end of life, we provide a home for life. We aim to to help each person learn and develop life skills to enable them to become confident, independent and contributing members of society.
Save A Child’s Heart is an Israeli based international humanitarian charity providing lifesaving heart surgery and follow-up care for children from developing countries, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality or financial status. To date we have carried out almost 5700 lifesaving surgeries on children from 62 countries at no cost to the patients; half the children are from the PA, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. We also train medical personnel from developing countries in paediatric cardiology:125 to date.
Our current project is the construction of the International Paediatric Centre in Holon, Israel, which will allow us to double the surgeries and clinicians trained.
Winners of the UN Population Award 2018. Mending Hearts – Building Bridges
Woodford Bridge Road
Essex, 1G4 5LN
The Fund, established in honour of the late Dr I Sidney Gold, first President of the Redbridge Jewish Youth & Community Centre, promotes the Doris and Sidney Gold/RAGS Scholarships. The driving concerns of his life were young people, Israel and Jewish community service and appropriately these scholarships combine all three elements. Selected Jewish students in the Essex area are assisted in funding a pre-university year on an approved study and training course in Israel with the understanding that they have a commitment to future communal involvement. The scheme’s success over nearly two decades has been the number of the Scholars who have become deeply involved in community leadership. Extra funds will enable more worthy young people to be assisted.
020 8802 2362
Step by Step
Tikva’s core mission is to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of Odessa, Ukraine. Tikva provides a loving home, essential social services, a quality education, while revitalising the growing Jewish community of Odessa, and provides an opportunity for a brighter future through immigration to Israel.
The lives of more than 3,000 men, women, and children have changed significantly through programmes including the Tikva Boys’ and Girls’ Homes, which cares for 160 children aged six to sixteen, an Infants’ Home for 40 children, a university dormitory catering for 160 students, and kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, teaching over 870 Jewish children from Tikva’s homes and the Odessa region.
For over 100 years UJIA has been building meaningful connections between the UK Jewish community and the people of Israel. To achieve our vision of a strong British Jewry with a lifelong commitment to Israel, we are active in three key areas: in the UK we deliver and support educational programmes to enhance knowledge about Israel from childhood to adulthood, and we ensure or create immersive experiences to connect British Jewry with the Israel of today.
In Israel itself, our educational and welfare initiatives impact tens of thousands of lives each year, transforming communities, increasing social mobility and building cohesion.
020 8953 6474
UK Friends of Schneider Children’s Hospital
020 8343 5678
University Jewish Chaplaincy
(0)20 8809 4303
34 Arcadia Avenue
In Israel today, there are over 400,000 children who do not have a family that can care for them adequately and who are deemed ‘at risk’. Youth Aliyah Child Rescue is stepping up for vulnerable young people by providing a ladder of opportunity that enables them to climb from a life of poverty, neglect and violence, up towards a bright, successful future as contributing members of society.
Through our five youth villages and pioneering educational methodology, the ‘Village Way’, we enable thousands of at risk children – including immigrants and children of immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere in the world – to live in safety, heal from their traumatic pasts and make the climb from survival to leadership.