Jewish Community Resources and Support

Camp Simcha

Camp Simcha exists to improve the quality of life of children suffering from Cancer or other life threatening illnesses. Their services include support for parents, support for siblings, family outings and parties, summer day camp, big brother/sister volunteers, respite care programme, hospital transport, family retreat and children’s retreat.

Telephone: 020 8202 9297

Chai Lifeline / Chai Cancer Care

Chai is the Jewish community’s cancer support organisation that provides many services including counselling, therapies, complementary therapies, helpline, social and physical activities, advocacy and advice and expert lectures. Services are available to patients, families and friends from their Hendon base, Redbridge, South London, and Greater Manchester.

Telephone. 020 8202 2211
Freephone Helpline: 0808 808 4567

BRCA Journey

BRCA Journey is a leeds-based BRCA information and support group run by volunteers. They raise awareness of BRCA-associated cancers in the Jewish community and amongst healthcare professionals. They also provide unbiased information and support to those at risk of BRCA-related disorders.



Chana is a charity that helps people in the Jewish community understand and deal with the challenges of infertility. It provides specialist medical support and information, confidential counseling and helpline, a well-woman service, lectures, resources and a buddy scheme.

Telephone: 020 8203 8455
Helpline: 020 8201 5774
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Jewish Marriage Council (JMC)

The JMC is a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide sensitive support for Jewish individuals, couples and families. Services offered by JMC include: counselling, various advice services, courses and workshops, and a professional personalised introduction agency.

Telephone: 020 8203 6311

Jewish Volunteering Network

JVN is the one stop shop for Jewish volunteering, working across the community and throughout the UK with individuals and organisations.  JVN promotes volunteering and matches people who want to volunteer with volunteering opportunities.  One of their initiatives, called the Gateway Project, aims to involve everyone in volunteering, no matter what their personal barriers are.  Through the Gateway Project the JVN matches people with physical disabilities or people with a mental health challenge or learning disability with a suitable volunteering opportunity.

Telephone: 020 8203 6427


Jweb is an on-line guide to what’s available and what’s happening for people with learning disabilities in the Jewish community.  They list organisations, professionals and events throughout the UK.  They also offer forums and information packs.

Contact Jweb via their website.


Norwood provides support to people with learning disabilities, and children and families dealing with disadvantage, helping them to improve the quality of their lives and achieve their goals. They offer a broad range of support and services through their Children and Family Centres.  These services include toy libraries, mother and toddler groups, therapy rooms and counselling.

Telephone: Norwood Direct 020 8809 8809

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

Has an on-line forum aimed specifically at the Jewish community to help those at risk of developing the disease due to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations prevalent in the Ashkenazi population.

24 hour helpline: 01629 813 000