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Tzedakah / Charities - Giving at NNLS

Tzedakah is a mainstay of Jewish life. The sages teach that the world was built upon kindness. However, tzedakah goes one step beyond. Literally translated as “justice” or “righteousness,” tzedakah tells us that sharing what we have with others isn't something special, it is the just thing to do.

NNLS supports a range of charities through our appeals at Pesach and Yom Kippur, and throughout the year.

kol nidrei 5784 Appeal

You can read about the charities we are supporting this year below.

You can also download the booklet that has been mailed to members here.

Click on the pink DONATE box to make a donation.


Jami provides wrap-around mental health services to enrich and save vulnerable lives in the Jewish community.
In recent years the rise of children and adults’ mental health issues has been exponential and continues to grow, with the pandemic, financial and housing insecurity and family breakdown being contributing factors. Whilst delivering professional, person-centred services for children and adults with mental health needs, Jami also supports their families and unpaid carers.
People who would previously have been supported by statutory services are turning to Jami in increasing numbers with increasingly complex mental health needs. The ‘front door’ at Jami is the first port of call for anyone that needs support with mental health issues, via phone calls or emails. Due to the urgent and exponential demand, Jami is seeking to increase the intake staffing at their ‘front door’ to provide expertise, knowledge, and a warm welcome at the first point of contact.

Find out more about Jami, registered charity number 1003345.

masambiro uk

Kunyanja Secondary School in Nkhata bay, northern Malawi, makes a transformative difference to the lives of local students and community. It provides secondary education and opportunities for students to develop and contribute to their country that would not otherwise be possible.
Masambiro UK’s core support to Kunyanja is through the bursary scheme, managed by a committee of local community members. These bursaries enable disadvantaged children to attend school. Put simply, the more money donated to Masambiro, the more children can attend school.
In addition, Masambiro supports girls to stay in a hostel. Providing a safe space for schoolgirls to stay and study, removing the risk of rape, pregnancy and subsequent early marriage that they previously experienced on their long journeys to and from school

Find out more about Masambiro UK, registered charity number 1170717.

north london hospice

North London Hospice has been caring for local people since 1984, providing palliative care and support, giving people the choice about where they receive care, and where they die, whether it be in their own home, or at the Hospice.
This Kol Nidrei, you can support the Hospice’s Barnet Community Team which plays a vital role in helping patients remain in the comfort of their own home for as much of their time as possible. They give practical and emotional support to all those they visit, helping to make what is a distressing and difficult time for many, that little bit easier.

Find out more about North London Hospice, registered charity number 285300.

the road to recovery

The Road to Recovery (RTR) provides vital humanitarian support for sick Palestinians, bringing mainly children for life-saving medical treatments in Israel.
Volunteers from every sector of Israeli society meet patients and their families at checkpoints, liaising in Hebrew with Israeli officials to ease entry into Israel and transport patients to hospitals for treatment. This would be too expensive for the average Palestinian family as the only alternative would be to take a cab. Without 'Road to Recovery', they would not receive the life-saving treatment they desperately need.
The Coordination Centre is the hub of RTR’s activity. Staffed by 18 Israelis and 5 Palestinians, it works 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except Yom Kippur) to liaise between the needs of the Palestinian families and the availability of the Israeli volunteers. It has experienced a substantial increase in demand. They are continuing to make the trips from The West Bank and have suspended the trips from Gaza for the time being.
RTR continues to maintain its aims to bring Israelis and Palestinians together, sharing experiences and building the mutual trust that is vital for the future of peace. RTR organises 4-6 Family Fun Days yearly, where Palestinians and Israelis can meet in a relaxed environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the daily trips to the hospitals. The activities of these gatherings are rich and varied, and of course food is a tried and tested conversation starter.

Find out more about The Road to Recovery, registered charity number 580525533.

Masorti judaism young adult outreach

Finding ways to keep young people in their 20s connected to Jewish life and community can, at times, feel impossible. For many graduates, Judaism is no longer a part of their lives. They are left feeling lonely, isolated, disconnected, and adrift from community. Without the right structure, support, and opportunities for young people to engage, we risk losing them entirely.
Masorti Judaism provides a way back to community and belonging for our young adults.
Masorti Judaism are creating networks of young adults, by bringing them into relationship with rabbis, guiding them to relevant opportunities within Masorti communities, and utilising digital and inperson community organising methods.
All these vital pathways enable young adults to shape an enriching Jewish life on their own terms, building a pathway from graduation to a fulfilling and meaningful Masorti Jewish life.

Find out more about Masorti Judaism, registered charity number 1117590.

nnls nurturing potential fund

To ensure that we continue to be in a strong position to recruit excellent rabbis and educators at NNLS it is essential that we forge and nurture connections with emerging leaders engaged in serious Jewish learning in Israel, the US and beyond.
Started last year, this NNLS Nurturing Potential fund will support young adults keen to deepen their knowledge through formal study programmes, and those pursuing a professional journey in Jewish Education or Smichah; and, it will continue to fund opportunities for this cohort to connect with our growing and ambitious community.

Registered charity number 1094668.

"And when you reap the harvest in your land, you shall not reap the corners of your field; neither shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the single grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger." Vayikra 19:9-10

Fri, 8 December 2023 25 Kislev 5784