It is traditional for Jews to mark the new Year with the giving of Tzedakah (charity).  This year, the YLJC committee has chosen three charities which we very much hope all our members, friends and visitors will want to support.  They are:

1) Oasis of Peace UK supports the educational institutions of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam (NSWaS) – a unique intentional community of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab Israeli citizens midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Its educational system paved the way for the growing number of Jewish/Palestinian-Arab primary schools.  At present there are six schools in Israel that follow the NSWaS model. 

2) Kitchen for Everyone York (KEY) is an organisation that helps and supports individuals who find themselves homeless in our area by providing hearty and nutritious meals, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags, snacks and any other essential items they may require. KEY also signposts customers to other service providers who can provide accommodation and ultimately in some cases long-term housing solutions. KEY also offers the services of a doctor, podiatrist, vet for street dogs and a mobile dentist as rough sleepers find it very difficult to access dental services in the city.

3) The York Liberal Jewish Community aims to provide a friendly home for all who identify as Jewish in and around York. We have over 85 members, including many children, and we are volunteer-led and primarily self-funding. We are asking members to include us in their charitable gifts this year as we are beginning to raise funds to hire a rabbi.  We have an initial fundraising goal of £75,000 to be able to hire a part-time rabbi for three years and are delighted to say we are already well on our way with £28,000 received and pledged to date. If you would like to support our High Holy Day appeal, please send us an email today with the information below or return to Shannon Kirshner, Chair, or Ben Rich, our interim treasurer, either in person at a service: 

Name:  Amount contributed: £_____________

I would like this money to be divided:

§ Equally between the three charities

§ Split accordingly:  Oasis of Peace UK                                                 ___________%

Kitchen for Everyone York                               ___________%

York Liberal Jewish Community                                     ___________%

§  I enclose a cheque payable to the “York Liberal Jewish Community”

§  I enclose cash

§  I have transferred the amount to the YLJC online and referenced “HHD Appeal <<Surname>>” Sort code: 404731 Account number: 84662865 You can also post this form to the YLJC, c/o 89 Albemarle Rd, York, YO23 1EP.   

Thank you for your support!

From the whole committee, we wish you a Shanah Tovah Umetukah, a good and sweet New Year!




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