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The charity runs over 70 centres and services which include care homes, community centres, independent living and other services such as support groups, a family carers team and telephone helpline.
The organisation touches the lives of more than 10,000 people every week operating with 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. Jewish festivals, including the weekly Sabbath, are celebrated in Jewish Care homes, independent living communities and community centres.
Care and services are 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 charity has 1,300 staff proudly made up of over 63 nationalities and 3,000 volunteers.
Jewish Care provides services for:
- Older people
- People caring for others
- People living with dementia
- People with a physical or sensory disability, including those who are visually impaired
- Holocaust survivors and refugees
- People with mental health problems
- Younger people
- People who are facing end of life
The charity also has a dedicated helpline providing support, information, advice and signposting for health and social care issues.
Board of Trustees
Chairman Steven Lewis
Vice Chairs Debra Fox, Arnold Wagner OBE
Treasurers Michael Blake, Simon Friend
Trustees Linda Bogod, Michael Brodtman, Rachel Anticoni, Linda Bogod, Michael Brodtman, Antony Grossman, Gayle Klein, Douglas Krikler, Lord Livingston of Parkhead, Nicola Loftus, Dr Dean Noimark, Stuart Roden.
Chief Executive Daniel Carmel-Brown
President Lord Levy
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."
Jewish Care is one of the 100 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.
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 (The Jewish Association For Mental Illness)
The Jewish Board of Guardians, founded in London in 1859, was one of the oldest of the charities from which Jewish Care has descended. Gail Ronson took part in organising the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Jewish Care, in 1983, which was attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
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- Tony Blair (15 May 2006). "Speech to Jewish Care". 10 Downing Street. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007.
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- Round, Simon (25 February 2010). "Interview: Gail Ronson". The Jewish Chronicle online. Retrieved 27 June 2016.