Etgar is a Jewish education program that inspires a love of learning among children in Jewish primary schools through an exciting, team-based inter-school quiz for pupils in Year 5 (10 years old). Children from across the UK participate in the annual Etgar challenge and the programme is also run in South Africa, Canada, Australia and Hungary. www.etgar.co.uk
Gefiltefest is a charity that explores Jewish heritage, tradition & culture through the medium of food. Their mission is to bring people together to explore the relationship between Judaism and food, educating and enthusing them about all aspects of Jewish food including our culinary heritage, ethics, culture and traditions. Their flagship event is the annual Jewish Food Festival. gefiltefest.org
The Jewish Social Action Forum (JSAF) is a networking group of organisations who aim to promote, develop and activate the British Jewish Community’s pursuit of social action. JSAF meet three times a year to network, discuss campaigns and coordinate the Jewish voice around social action.
The Jewish Volunteers Network (JVN) is the one stop shop for Jewish Volunteering. It connects volunteers with opportunities, is cross communal and works with all ages, in all regions. JVN also provides information & training on volunteering matters, working with over 300 charities and 3000 registered volunteers. www.jvn.org.uk
Mitzvah Day is an annual day of global social action when people from the Jewish Community and beyond are encouraged to give their time, not money, and to take part in hands-on projects that support charities and build stronger communities. Mitzvah Day’s vision is of Jews and non-Jews coming together to build more cohesive neighbourhoods and to strengthen civil society. mitzvahday.org.uk
Net Buddy was a social networking website for parents, carers and professionals in the learning disability community. It offered a place to share simple, practical solutions to everyday issues carers may face. As a result of Netbuddy's success, in 2014 it merged with Scope and became part of a new online community on Scope’s website.
Rene Cassin is a human rights NGO, that draws on Jewish experience and values to campaign and educate on universal human rights issues such as discrimination, detention, and genocide. The organisation is named after Monsieur René Cassin, a French Jewish lawyer and Nobel Laureate who co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. www.renecassin.org
The Bike Project collects second-hand bikes, refurbishes them and donates them to destitute refugees and asylum seekers in London, facilitating them to access resources that can help lift them out of poverty. They also run bike fixing workshops for asylum seekers to learn to maintain their bikes and run a women-only project, where women can learn to ride. thebikeproject.co.uk
Tzedek engages with and educates the Jewish community on issues of global poverty, its causes and effects, and the Jewish obligation to respond. Tzedek works, regardless of race or religion, with some of the poorest communities in the world providing direct support to help local people so they can help themselves. tzedek.org.uk
The UK Task Force on Issues Relating to Arab Citizens of Israel was a coalition of over thirty organisations working to raise awareness of issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel. It provided a forum for information-sharing and discussion of the issues, and to facilitate strategic partnerships to advance the integration and opportunities of Israel’s Arab minority, as well as running a successful educational programme in schools. uktaskforce.org