Tracing Jewish Charities

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‘MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS’

Jewish charities that have merged with, or been amalgamated into, other organisations.

A number of Jewish charities are well over 100 years old, and in that time, their activities and services have changed in tune with the needs of their clients.  Homes and hospitals, soup kitchens and distributors of welfare payments, special needs schools and organisations that rescued and supported Jews from Nazi Germany have long since merged with organisations such as Norwood, World Jewish Relief and Jewish Care.

In order to help executors of wills that were made some years back, we list some of the organisations that have merged with other, usually larger, Jewish charities, giving their original UK registered charity numbers (in brackets) to make identification simpler.

We are keen to hear from other Jewish charities with similar information to offer for publication in our next Guide.

JEWISH CARE (Tel: 020 8922 2000, Registered Charity No. 802559 )

Some of the organisations that have merged with Jewish Care:

Brighton and Hove Jewish Home (802559-4)

Jewish Convalescent Home (Brighton Branch) (802559-18)

Maurice and Samuel Lyon Home (802559-2)

Redbridge Jewish Youth and Community Centre (802559-6)

Stepney Jewish (B’nai B’rith) Clubs and Settlement (802559-5)

The Board of Guardians and Trustees for the relief of Jewish Poor Registered (commonly called the Jewish Welfare Board) (802559-8)

The Jewish Blind Society (802559-9)

The Jewish Home and Hospital at Tottenham (802559-7)

JAMI (1003345)

NORWOOD

In 1996, Norwood Child Care merged with the Ravenswood Foundation to create NORWOOD (Registered Charity No. 1059050, Tel: 020 8809 8809), which is now the UK’s largest Jewish charity supporting people with learning disabilities and children and families in need. Also incorporated under the Norwood banner are two specialist education and therapy services, Binoh (Registered Charity No. 291978) and The Hope Centre (Registered Charity No. 1056674), and Sussex Tikvah (Registered Charity No. 286802), a registered care home for Jewish adults with learning disabilities.

 WORLD JEWISH RELIEF (Registered Charity No.290767, Tel: 020 8736 1250) began life as the CBF (Central British Fund, also 290767) in 1933, and was set up to rescue Jews from the horrors of Nazi Germany.  To reflect the global nature of their work, they changed their name from CBF to World Jewish Relief in 1994 and in 2007, were fully integrated with World Jewish Aid, to create World Jewish Relief.

FEDERATION OF JEWISH SERVICES, MANCHESTER (The Fed) / HEATHLANDS VILLAGE (Registered Charity No. 1117126, Tel: 0161 772 4800)   In November 2009 Manchester Jewish Federation merged with Heathlands Village to form the Federation of Jewish Services (FJS). Since January 2012 FJS has been known as ‘The Fed’.

NIGHTINGALE HAMMERSON

The merger of Nightingale House (Registered Charity No. 207316, Tel: 020 8772 2326) and Hammerson House (Registered Charity No. 286002) was completed in April 2011 to create Nightingale Hammerson.

MORRIS FEINMANN VILLAGE

The Morris Feinmann Home was closed in March 2013 to enable development of a new state-of-the-art Jewish care home on the same Didsbury site.  The new home, developed in conjunction with Belong, was opened in 2017 and is now known as the Belong Morris Feinmann Village. However, the work of the trust continues. Enquiries to the Feinmann Trust (Registered Charity No 1045149, Tel: 0161 505 0203).T

THE INDUSTRIAL DWELLINGS SOCIETY / OTTO SCHIFF HOUSING ASSOCIATION

The Industrial Dwellings Society (IDS), (Registered Society No. 14044,  Tel: 020 8800 9606) has taken over the Otto Schiff Housing Association.

BRITISH FRIENDS OF NEVE SHALOM is now known as OASIS OF PEACE UK

Tel: 020 8952 4717, Email:office@oasisofpeace.org.uk, Registered Charity No.1171524 )

JADDS has been assimilated into JSENSE Tel: 0161 850 3330 / 07572 171264 Registered Charity Number 1151197

 BRITISH FRIENDS OF ALEH is now known as BRITISH FRIENDS OF ADI ISRAEL.

Tel: Tel: 07426 317496  Email: liron@adi-il.org  UK Registered Charity No. Awaited, please check their website for updated details: www. www.adi-israel.org

BRITISH FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL GUIDE DOG CENTRE FOR THE BLIND

As of 2021 this charity will be known as Israel Guide Dog Centre UK, with a new UK registered charity number: 1188449. New email address: info@israelguidedog.org.uk

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