Young Jewish Care raise £170,000 to support mental health services

03 Apr 2017

Jewish Care’s Young Patrons Dinner, sponsored by Galliard Homes and Cain Hoy, raised £170,000 to support Jewish Care’s residential homes for people with mental health support needs.  The dinner was the largest Jewish Care Young Patrons dinner to date with over 350 guests filling the Ball Room in The Dorchester Hotel.

Addressing the audience, Steven Lewis, Jewish Care’s Chairman, who began his journey as Chair of Young Jewish Care, appealed to everyone to get involved;

“I know you are busy people, concentrating on developing your careers, building your networks and possibly starting a family – but whether its giving up an hour or two a month to volunteer to join one of our fundraising committees – I can tell you from first-hand experience it’s well worth it. Neither my career, my network nor my family’s values would be what they are if I had not had Jewish Care in my life”.

Young Patron’s Dinner committee member Andrew Freedman gave a passionate appeal speech before guests were shown a film about life at Jack Gardner House, one of Jewish Care’s two homes for people living with mental illness.

Freedman reminded guests of the salient truth that can get lost in the Pirkei Avot saying; “If I am not sure myself who will be for me?”. He continued; “This is what Jewish Care does, not only for its beneficiaries but for us its Young Patrons, its volunteers and donors, it lifts us out of the blizzard of our daily routine and shifts its focus softly onto others and in doing so we enhance the lives of others”.

During the evening Lauren Shahmoon, a graduate of Jewish Care’s lay-leadership programme was announced as the new Chair of Young Jewish Care; “I know that she will approach this role with tremendous understanding and insight and a sincere passion for Jewish Care”, commented Chairman Steven Lewis. He thanked outgoing Chair Jamie Landesberg and Vice Chair Adino Ebrahimoff; “Together they have led Young Jewish Care with great vision and commitment and truly demonstrated their ability as young leaders of our community”.