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The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life -

CHAI CAN­CER Care, Univer- sity Jewish Chap­laincy and Jewish Women’s Aid are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the JC Char­ity Ap­peal, which we are en­cour­ag­ing read­ers to sup­port. The char­i­ties were cho­sen by a panel in­clud­ing Es­ther Rantzen antzen and Mau­reen Lip­man from reader nom­i­na­tions and each per­forms an es­sen­tial ser­vice.

Jewish Women’s Aid of­fers a life­line for women and their chil­dren who have suf­fered abuse, op­er­at­ing a refuge and a freep­hone helpline. Uni- ver­sity Jewish Chap­laincy faces “a real chal­lenge” to main­tain its nine-chap­lain net­work.

Chai helps can­cer suf­fer­ers and their fam­i­lies and the de­mands it faces have been in­creased by the credit crunch. As the char­ity’s Vivi­enne Lewis points out: “Many peo­ple who had pri­vate health in­sur­ance can no longer af­ford it. Where once they would have had ac­cess else­where to some of the ser­vices Chai pro­vides, they now are turn­ing to us.”

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