Charities by Category: Children And Young Adults
For the past 25 years Aish UK has aimed to inspire a deeper connection to Judaism and to ensure a vibrant future for the Jewish people. Through diverse educational opportunities, immersive experiences and enduring relationships we share the wisdom and beauty of Jewish faith, practice and community – connecting with as many young Jews as we can, whatever their background, from when they are about to leave home until they build their own.
Today, Aish UK operates eight full time branches and provides educational opportunities at over eighteen schools, fifteen universities and six young professional hubs around the country, reaching and impacting thousands of young Jews each year. We also regularly distribute educational and video content through magazine publications, online and through our social media channels.
ALEH is Israel’s leading network of care for children and young adults with severe complex disabilities, and an international advocate for disability inclusion and equity. Committed to finding the abilities within every disability, ALEH provides more than 750 of Israel’s most vulnerable children with the highest-level medical and rehabilitative care in four residential facilities across the country, empowering them to advance well beyond their initial prognoses, reach their fullest potentials, and live happy, dignified and meaningful lives.
Through experiential education programming, youth leadership and community engagement, ALEH is leading the charge for disability inclusion, equity and access, and 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 nearly three decades of award-winning programmes, Shalva partners with various institutions in advocacy efforts to create a more inclusive society.
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.
(0)20 8209 3010
British Friends of Shuvu
Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road
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.
120 Regents Park Road
RAMBAM MEDICAL CENTRE in Haifa aspires to lead in all aspects of medical care on behalf of the two million population living in Northern Israel. Paediatrics is a speciality, as is research to increase knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases.
An underground emergency hospital in case of terrorist attacks is now fully functional and includes an isolation unit to treat victims of dangerous viruses or chemical weapons. Rambam is now a fully functioning medical campus with a children’s hospital, an Oncology Centre, Cardiovascular Hospital, and a Biomedical Discovery Tower.
The British Friends raise funds for every aspect of the hospital, and commemorations, plaques etc. can all be arranged. All donations of any size are appreciated and acknowledged.
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 help all Jewish children and their families whatever their level of observance. We support children with over 50 different conditions in these categories: Life threatening illness: 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.
Premature and sick babies: We provide 24/7 bespoke, personal help to families who have the heartache of dealing with an ill child by providing a wide range of services designed to provide both practical and emotional support to parents. We aim to improve the quality of life, of the whole family, parents, siblings and grandparents; everyone who must shoulder the burden.
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 inspire the next generation to become givers through dynamic education, impactful volunteering and helping those in need.
Our schools programme sees hundreds of thought-provoking and practical sessions run each year that produce thousands of acts of giving. 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, helping others through the distribution of over 23,000 food and support packages to disadvantaged households.
GIFT volunteers give respite to families by staying with loved ones in hospital, visiting care homes, tutoring children struggling at school and offering practical support to families who face daily challenges.
P O Box 8119
Hassadna is one of Israel’s premier institutes of music education for children aged 3–18. Our vision and mission is to provide equal opportunity of the highest level of music education to all children, regardless of background, religion or socio-economic status. We actively recruit the underprivileged, children at-risk and children with special needs, in order to ensure both diversity, equal opportunity and integration.
We provide individual instruction, music theory, chamber music, masterclasses, opportunities to play in ensembles and orchestras, and perform in concerts and festivals. 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 music education in a unique, 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 37,000 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 organization 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 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 exists to benefit Jewish children who suffer from physical and emotional disabilities, neglect, abuse and financial hardship. Jewish Child’s Day supports organisations providing medical, educational, therapeutic and humanitarian aid, respite care, protection, and poverty relief to children in need, worldwide.
At Jewish Child’s Day we believe that no child should live in poverty, need or suffering – anywhere. Every child deserves a childhood.
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!
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.
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.
At Legadel, we believe that every child deserves to succeed, no matter his/her circumstances. Legadel provides professional support to disadvantaged children in the North West London, Edgware and surrounding Jewish communities that are failing to thrive and succeed at school, and we do this within their school environment.
We offer a pool of resources including speech and language therapy, specialist literacy teaching, specialist maths teaching, occupational therapy, after school music and art sessions, and one-to-one key worker support.
Our aim is that these children will be in a better position to fully integrate into school life socially, emotionally and behaviourally; and to see the children thrive as they become able to achieve their full potential!
London, NW4 2BZ
Maccabi GB, together with its affiliates, is Britain’s leading Anglo-Jewish sports, health and wellbeing charity and has flourished for 80 years. Part of a global movement operating in over 70 countries, our mission is to support the long term future of British Jewry by engaging and developing the entire Jewish Community with a broad range of sporting, educational, social, and health and wellbeing activities, whilst promoting Jewish Identity and the centrality of Israel. Each year, through over 250 targeted projects, programmes and events, Maccabi GB reaches over 50,000 people nationally. This is in addition to a range of international sporting events and is achieved by a dedicated team of professionals based in both London and the North.
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.
289-297 Ballards Lane
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 5300 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:120 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 110 students, a Day Care Centre for 125 children and primary and secondary schools, teaching over 750 Jewish children from Tikva’s homes and the Odessa region.
For nearly 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
Yad Voezer is a helping hand for people with learning disabilities and their families. It manages:
• Three Registered Residential Care Homes
• Three Supported Housing projects
• A Day Programme
• Clubs & leisure activities
• Family Support
• Soap Workshop
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.