Most of the jobs at Jewish Care’s nine community centres are at risk of redundancy with the organisation facing an estimated hit of £7million to its funds by the end of March 2021 due to the pandemic.
During what Jewish Care called an “incredibly challenging” time, the UK’s largest Jewish health and social care organisation expanded its meals on wheels provision and the digital services available to the community.
However, under the new coronavirus rules, without being able to return to community centres, day centres and centres for people living with dementia, they have been “forced” to reassess and are having to make almost 100 staff redundant.
Jewish Care said: “This has been an extremely difficult decision for us to make, and we have not taken it lightly.
“The wellbeing of our clients will always be a priority, and despite there being some changes to staffing structures, we will ensure that the vital services we have been able to provide including regular calls to clients are maintained and the needs of those we look after, continue to be met through our outreach and digital programmes, befriending and meals on wheels services.”
Staff at all nine Jewish Care centres will be facing redundancy but will be offered redeployment interviews for alternative roles.
Jonathan Zenios, chair of Jewish Care, said the charity envisaged a “virtual community centre” to sit alongside its real centres when they can eventually reopen.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.