We have made extraordinary strides as a community during this Covid-impacted year, whether it’s been keeping in contact with each other, cherishing our beautiful building whilst keeping each other safe, or making sure that we can enjoy services remotely by improving our online offering.  Likewise, the charities that we have chosen this year for our High Holy Day Appeal focus on caring for our own community and those beyond that need our support.

1.   Making Sure Everyone is part of an Inclusive Community-Membership Fee Support Fund

West London Synagogue has always cherished its ability to make sure no member has to drop out of our inclusive community because of hardship. Some people are experiencing hardship for the first time because of the pandemic, unemployment, illness and other problems. This has resulted in some people struggling to afford their membership dues. We need your support for a dedicated fund to make sure we can provide subsidies for members in hardship. 

2.   Keeping Each other Safe 

Like all Jewish communities in the centre of London, we have been especially aware of the potential for events in the Middle East to have an impact on antisemitic threats in London. We have a wonderful security team who keep us safe. However, that comes at a price and our allocation from the government grant covering security in the Jewish community has been much reduced. Moreover, we need to install and update modern CCTV cameras across our site. For those reasons we need your support to help keep us all safe. 

3.    Caring for Families of those in Hospital (Karen Morris Memorial Fund) 

Karen was known to many members of WLS and sadly died from leukaemia. Her mother, Sylvia Morris OBE, started an amazing charity in Karen’s memory. Sylvia knew that families need affordable places to stay whilst their loved ones were in hospital. Karen’s Home from Homes are flats in NHS hospitals. They allow the families of inpatients to remain close by. Wonderfully, these flats have been used to house key workers during the pandemic. Our communal support for this cause could help create another one of Karen’s Homes, thereby reducing the stress on families at the most difficult of times. 

4.    Project Leket Israel 

This is an extraordinary initiative to use fresh food and vegetables, that would otherwise be wasted, to feed vulnerable Israelis. All Israelis are eligible, and it reaches out to growing numbers of the so called ‘new poor’, including the unemployed, bankrupt, victims of Covid 19, single parent families, homeless and refugees; many seeking help for the first time. Leket  helps feed over 246,000 vulnerable Israeli Jews and Arabs every week. It is cost-efficient, high impact and our donations can benefit thousands. It is a really positive ‘green’ initiative which can make a significant difference to many people’s lives. 

Please consider supporting generously all of the above for our High Holy Day appeal*. They and we are immensely grateful for what you give.

We wish you and yours Shanah Tovah, a happy and healthy New Year. 

*Please specify if you would like your donation to go to a specific cause.