is a British
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charity, working mainly in London
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and South East England
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, providing health and social welfare support services for vulnerable members of the Jewish community. Tony Blair
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, 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
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in action. You can be really, really proud of the work that you do."
Jewish Care is one of the 100 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure. In the 2004-5 financial year, its expenditure was £
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55 million, and it employed 1,060 full-time equivalent staff. The organisation cares for nearly 7,000 clients each week, and has roughly 2500 volunteers. Lord Levy is the President of the Board of Trustees.
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
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- Food for the Jewish Poor (a soup kitchen
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- British Tay-Sachs
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- Clore Manor (Friends of the London Jewish Hospital)
- Hyman Fine House
- Stepney Jewish (B'nai B'rith
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) Clubs and Settlements
- Sinclair House — Redbridge Jewish Youth and Community Centre
Jewish Care operates in association with:
- Otto Schiff Housing Association
- JAMI (Jewish Association for Mental Illness)
Notable patrons of the charity include the Investec Private Bank, Lord Alliance of Manchester, Lord and Lady Jacobs, Lord Wolfson of Marylebone
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and Lady Wolfson, Andrew Rosenfeld
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, Baron Sugar of Clapton and Lady Sugar, Sir David Garrard, Sir Ronald Cohen
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, Sir Bernard and Lady Schreier, Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly, Jonathan Levy, Charles Rifkind and Steven Lewis.