Ig­nor­ing valu­able Charedi char­i­ties

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

In Lionel Salama’s ar­ti­cle call­ing for a rad­i­cal char­ity overhaul (JC, April 21) he makes a state­ment which is both ir­re­spon­si­ble and can be taken as of­fen­sive. He states: “In a lit­tle over a decade, it is es­ti­mated that more than half of Jewish chil­dren in the UK will be born to Charedi fam­i­lies. At best, the main­stream com­mu­nity will stag­nate; at worst, it will de­cline. By 2030, the rel­a­tively smaller main­stream com­mu­nity will have to sup­port a larger Jewish com­mu­nity”.

A widely ac­cepted def­i­ni­tion of char­ity is the vol­un­tary giv­ing of help. No part of the com­mu­nity “will have” to sup­port any­one. What makes Mr Salama feel that Charedim don’t con­trib­ute to char­i­ties? There are hun­dreds of small char­i­ties set up and run by Charedim that op­er­ate ex­tremely leanly as op­posed to the large main­stream Jewish char­i­ties of which Mr Salama speaks, which have huge costs and are cum­ber­some to op­er­ate. More­over, in a 2016 JPR char­ity re­port, they found that Jews in gen­eral are more likely to give to non-Jewish char­i­ties then Jewish ones. In the same re­port, it iden­ti­fies that the more re­li­gious give larger amounts and are more likely to give to Jewish causes, the most re­li­gious giv­ing only to Jewish causes. There­fore as the “main­stream” de­clines, the ev­i­dence sug­gests con­tri­bu­tions to Jewish char­ity will rise.

Modi Spitzer,

Manch­ester M25

Lionel Salama as­serts that when the Jewish Blind So­ci­ety and the Jewish Wel­fare Board merged to cre­ate Jewish Care, Nor­wood Child Care was in­vited to join but Nor­wood’s lay lead­ers de­clined.

Nor­wood re­ceived no such in­vi­ta­tion which in any case would have been in­ap­pro­pri­ate given the very dif­fer­ent client base.

Brian Levy, Chair­man Nor­wood Child Care 1986-1992, Lon­don NW3

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