Jewish Care

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Jewish Care is a British charity, working mainly in London and South East England, providing health and social care support services for the Jewish community.[1]

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.[1]

The organisation cares for more than 10,000 people every week, stating that they operate with the belief that Jewish people should have access to specialist services that are designed to meet their needs. Jewish Care claims this is reflected in the care it provides which recognises traditions, beliefs and cultures, which are frequently shared by Jews. Jewish festivals, including the weekly Sabbath, are celebrated in Jewish Care homes, independent living communities and community centres.

Care and services are provided without assessment of the level or nature of an individual's religious observance. The charity has over 1,300 staff made up of over 70 nationalities and 3,000 volunteers.[1]


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[edit]

  • Chairman: Steven Lewis[2]
  • 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
  • Honorary Presidents: Lord Young of Graffham, Dame Gail Ronson, Stephen Zimmerman


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."[3]

Chancellor Sajid Javid praised communal organisations like Jewish Care and said "One thing that distinguishes the Jewish community is the way you look after each other in so many ways..It could teach many other communities about how much they can do for each other".[4]

Jewish Care is one of the 100 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[5]


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.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Jewish Care. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ Sandy Rashty (6 June 2014). "Jewish Care charity chair steps out of the shadows". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  3. ^ Tony Blair (15 May 2006). "Speech to Jewish Care". 10 Downing Street. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007.
  4. ^ "Sajid Javid helps Jewish Care raise more than £70,000 with 50p auction". Jewish News. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  5. ^ Charities Direct: Top 500 Charities – Expenditure Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Round, Simon (25 February 2010). "Interview: Gail Ronson". The Jewish Chronicle online. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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