Jewish Care

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Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the south east of England.

It runs over 70 centres and services, caring for more than 7,000 people every week in the belief that Jewish people should have access to specialist services that are designed to meet their needs. This is reflected in the care it provides which recognises traditions, beliefs and cultures, which are frequently shared by Jewish people.

Clients' emotional needs are just as important as their physical requirements. Care is provided in an environment that recognises and respects clients’ Jewish identity. Jewish festivals, including the weekly Sabbath, are celebrated, helping people feel safe and comfortable in a warm atmosphere, at a time when they may feel most vulnerable.

Care is provided regardless of the level or nature of an individual’s religious observance. In doing so, Jewish Care recognises people’s differences as well as their similarities.

The 1,500 dedicated staff and 3,000 volunteers mean that the organisation is able to run its many centres and specialist services throughout London and the South East.

Services[edit]

Jewish Care provides services for:

  • Older people
  • People with mental health problems
  • People with a physical or sensory disability, including those who are visually impaired
  • Holocaust survivors and refugees
  • People caring for others (Carers)
  • Younger people

The charity also has a dedicated support and advice line for referrals and service information


Board of Trustees[edit]

Chairman Steven Lewis

Vice Chairs Debra Fox, Arnold Wagner OBE

Treasurers Michael Blake, Jonathan Zenios,

Trustees Linda Bogod, Michael Brodtman, Antony Grossman, Dr Suzanne Joels, Andrew Klein, Douglas Krikler, Nicola Loftus, Stuart Roden, Robert Suss

Chief Executive Simon Morris

President The Lord Levy

Honorary Presidents The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham, Dame Gail Ronson DBE, Stephen Zimmerman

Quotes[edit]

Tony Blair, when he was British Prime Minister, said of the charity: "Jewish Care is not just Jewish values in action; it is actually the best of British values in action. You can be really, really proud of the work that you do."[1]

Jewish Care is one of the 100 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[2]

History[edit]

The charity was formed in 1990 by the merger of:

  • Jewish Welfare Board
  • Jewish Blind Society

Since then, nine more charities have merged with it, including:

  • The Jewish Home and Hospital at Tottenham
  • Food for the Jewish Poor (a soup kitchen)
  • British Tay-Sachs Foundation
  • Clore Manor (Friends of the London Jewish Hospital)
  • Hyman Fine House
  • Stepney Jewish (B'nai B'rith) Clubs and Settlements
  • Sinclair House — Redbridge Jewish Youth and Community Centre

Jewish Care operates in association with:

  • Otto Schiff Housing Association
  • JAMI (Jewish Mental Health Organisation)

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