Through the Emergency Community Fund and Social Care Assistance Fund, the JLC have raised over £2m for 235 families facing financial hardship and 28 organisations protecting and providing for over 15,000 vulnerable people.
We also provided modest support and broader backing to the Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal, which raised almost £4m for fourteen charities running 20+ residential care homes for older people across the UK. 15 charities’ direct appeals raised over £2.3m during the last three months. Many more charities have benefitted from generous giving during these difficult and distressing times.
At least £8.3m and probably over £10m has been raised from our community during the pandemic. Jewish charities have also been grateful recipients of support from the National Lottery, London Funders, Manchester Together and other national and local crisis funding providers.
The coming together of 10 foundations, 36 philanthropists, and dozens of community members to fund our two emergency projects was unprecedent in scale and speed. The sense of collective responsibility and collaborative leadership has been demonstrated beyond the heart-warming way so many have provided additional and urgent support.
Charities have paused fundraising appeals to allow frontline care providers to be the focus for our community’s tzedakah. Regular sharing of information and resources has been a feature of a cooperative spirit, including charities donating PPE to other organisations or transferring staff to expand meal provision to those ill or isolating.
Since the start of the pandemic the JLC has convened hundreds of community professionals and charity trustees. Lead has delivered workshops and training sessions for 165 community leaders, including their first ever community professionals conference. The 8th annual Jewish community trustees conference (a partnership with JVN) moved online. Spread over four weeks, eight seminars featured leading experts in the charity digital field such as Zoe Amar and Julie Dodd.
The JLC’s regional team have ensured support has reached people from London to Leeds and Eastbourne to Edinburgh. Our regional directors have provided coordination and capacity to local response efforts. For example, our External Affairs Manager based in Manchester has been co-chairing weekly meetings bringing together 28 organisations for unprecedented cross-communal cooperation. MPs, Metro Mayors, and senior Councillors joined the meetings to hear directly from the community. This has enabled a streamlined system for delivering food to those in need; stopped a planned bus stop closure enabling staff to reach care facilities; and disseminated culturally sensitive guidance to under-served communities including adverts produced in Yiddish.
Across the country, from every denomination and sector, whether volunteers or professionals, our community has shown unprecedented unity as we have responded to the pandemic and its economic aftermath. The JLC, our member organisations and the many more Jewish charities we work with are humbled by the generosity that our community has shown.
It is a privilege and a responsibility to be connecting, coordinating, strengthening, and supporting our vital communal organisations. The JLC will continue to amplify the collective responsibility and collaborative leadership that gives us hope, not only for the recovery, but also for a next period of renewal, growth, and vibrancy for diverse Jewish life across the UK.
The JLC Social Care Assistance Fund grantees
Depending on the scale of increased costs for providing care during the initial phase of the pandemic, organisations received grants from £5,000 to over £100,000. Our project sought to respond to the urgent need for additional funds. All these organisations need our community’s direct and ongoing support beyond the current crisis.
Chabad Lubavitch (Manchester) & Kids Trust
Chai Cancer Care
Chicken Soup Shelter
Food Lifeline (ZSV Trust)
The Friendship Circle, Manchester
Jewish Action for Mental Health & Neshomo
Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service
Jewish Care Scotland
Jewish Women's Aid
Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
Merseyside Jewish Community Care
Raphael Jewish Counselling Service
Step by Step
“The JLC has done amazingly well in raising this fund. There are so many charities in need now, but we are clearly one of them, so thank you! Demand for our services continues to grow, and we are sadly sure this will continue as society opens up to the ‘new normal’.”
“A terrific achievement to raise over £1.5m for our community’s social care infrastructure. All involved in Kisharon are absolutely delighted to have merited the support so generously offered.”
“Great news! Not just a validation of the incredible work of my colleagues but also a much-needed acknowledgement of the mental health needs of the community. Thanks so much for all your efforts with this and for your support generally. Hugely appreciated.”
“I am writing to thank you and the Jewish Leadership Council for your grant allocated to The Fed as part of the Social Care Fund. This funding will play a crucial role in allowing our Community Services teams to continue to provide the life enhancing – and often life-saving – support we give to one in eight Jewish homes across Greater Manchester.”