Life Journal: Women of Substance


 ‘Nobody has ever develop into poor by giving’ wrote Anne Frank, who realised the significance of philanthropy earlier than her tragic demise. Our neighborhood is blessed with individuals devoted to a variety of causes. Within the spirit of our Surprise Women theme, we ask females who lead charities about their roles and the long run

Lisa Wimborne, Chief Government, Jewish Blind & Disabled

I joined the charity in July. It’s an thrilling function for me however  a marvel lady I’m not, nor do I must be. I realise how lucky I’m to have joined this nice organisation.

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My preliminary focus is figuring out what extra we are able to do to enhance the standard of our tenants’ lives and people struggling to manage in lodging that’s unsuitable to their wants, after which articulate this into an motion plan. My strategy from the outset has been to pay attention  and study and by speaking to as many individuals as doable get an actual really feel for the charity with a purpose to push each myself and this organisation ahead.

Considered one of our biggest struggles is assembly present demand. We hope in 2020 to start our eighth improvement of mobility residences with state-of-the-art options and expertise, giving these with a bodily incapacity or visible impairment their key to independence.

As well as, our Unbiased Dwelling Advisor visits individuals dwelling in the neighborhood and, by continuously researching the newest means, helps them to keep up their much-prized independence.

Lisa Wimborne

Naomi Dickson, Chief Government, Jewish Women’s Help

I, along with Jewish Women’s Help’s employees, am captivated with working in direction of ending violence towards women and ladies at a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp actions are including momentum to our trigger. JWA is on a mission to make sure all Jewish women affected by home abuse or sexual violence have the help they want and a secure area and professional recommendation to assist them take the steps to stay a life free from worry. We’ll proceed to work arduous over the subsequent yr to make sure women know how one can discover us, via coaching professionals and likewise via our training programmes – chatting with younger individuals about consent, wholesome relationships and respect has by no means been extra necessary.

Naomi Dickson

Louise Jacobs, Chairman, UJIA 

I’ve been chairman of UJIA for almost two years and there are numerous days that I definitely don’t really feel like  a marvel lady! I do, nonetheless, really feel an enormous sense of duty for the duty I’ve taken on.

I really feel passionately that we have to have an engaged and linked neighborhood with Israel, and the way necessary Israel is as part of our Jewish identification. That is particularly difficult with the subsequent technology, whose relationship with Israel is formed in another way from their mother and father and their grandparents.

We have to continuously assume via these challenges and adapt and reply as needed. I really feel it will be tragic if we failed in that connection; our neighborhood could be a lot poorer for it.

Subsequent yr, UJIA will probably be 100 years outdated and we have to recognise this superb achievement and rejoice all those that have performed their half; whereas on the identical time proceed to make sure we glance ahead.

For the primary time in UJIA’s historical past, we will even have a lady CEO to steer us ahead. I’m excited now we have two women serious about the subsequent 100 years.

Louise Jacobs at UJIA Annual Dinner 2018 ((C) Blake Ezra Images Ltd 2018.)

Nicky Goldman, Chief Government, Jewish Volunteering Community

I’ve labored professionally within the Jewish neighborhood for 35 years, however at all times volunteered. As a lady, 

I really feel my contribution is to encourage and empower the staff – employees and workplace volunteers – and others to play their half. Volunteering is sweet to your thoughts, physique and soul, and JVN will get individuals volunteering. If we are able to encourage others to present their time for the advantage of others, now we have finished factor.

JVN is 12 years outdated, so 2020  is the correct time to overview our function, imaginative and prescient and technique to allow us to raised promote volunteering, and to attach and ship volunteers to alternatives that allow charities throughout
the Jewish and wider communities to attain extra.

Nicky Goldman, JVN

Sue Cipin, CEO of the Jewish Deaf Affiliation

Final month, we celebrated my 20th anniversary as CEO.After I joined the charity it was in all probability the hardest time of my life – a crash course in signal language and an introduction to a world about which I knew little.

I empower the JDA staff by being supportive, adaptable, nurturing their skills and making them really feel appreciated.  I work arduous, lead with complete dedication and honesty, however admit once I make errors. The reward is
a dedicated staff of excellent employees and volunteers who, in flip, help and empower deaf, deafblind and deafened individuals – typically a few of the most weak members of society. We work right here for love – love of what we do, love for our purchasers, and love for one another.

In 2020, we’ll give attention to elevating more cash to maintain doing what we do finest – supporting the individuals different charities don’t, and stepping in to alter lives when no one else can or will.

Sue Cipin with JDA chair Trudy Kling

Pleasure Moss MBE and Anthea Jackson, Government Director, Jewish Little one’s Day

JCD has a powerful file of being led by women – even earlier than feminine empowerment got here to the fore! Over my 28 years’ tenure, I labored with no fewer than 4 women govt administrators and a passionate feminine staff. Collectively, now we have grown the charity’s donor base and the variety of Jewish youngsters in want we help in Israel and around the globe, in addition to the rising variety of disabled and deprived youngsters within the UK.

Anthea got here to us in August with 20 years’ expertise in Jewish charities, and can assist drive and develop the charity to make sure individuals from all generations join and interact with our work. She has visited a handful of our many initiatives and is in awe of the dedication, drive and keenness of the women who lead them. She is extremely motivated to be a part of what could be achieved via our help.

Pleasure Moss MBE and Anthea Jackson

Rachely Plancey, Co-founder of Camp Simcha

In 2020, it will likely be 25 years since we established  Camp Simcha. Our imaginative and prescient was to create a charity that might supply bespoke sensible and emotional help to Jewish households with a severely in poor health baby.

With a younger and rising household of my very own in these early years of the charity,  at occasions it did really feel like there weren’t sufficient hours within the day, however seeing the distinction Camp Simcha was making drove me on.

Now the charity has a devoted staff of employees and volunteers, amongst them 13 household liaison officers, all of whom go above and past to be there for households who want us, a complete staff of marvel women.


Rachely Plancey, Camp Simcha

Ronit Ribak Madari, WIZO UK Chairperson

WIZO was based within the UK in 1918 by such dynamic women as Rebecca Sieff, Vera Weitzman and Romana Goodman, and is now pushed by women throughout the globe. All funds raised are for important social welfare companies all through Israel at each stage of life, no matter race, faith or gender.

Concerned for 27 years, I really feel privileged to be taking this exceptional organisation ahead to its subsequent 100 years. Presently, we’re engaged on a approach to meet the challenges of a aggressive charity market, to teach the neighborhood and show our understanding of the influence of in the present day’s life-style on potential supporters we wish concerned. Naturally, it’s more durable to indicate individuals our work when our initiatives are in Israel, however the brief visits we organise to introduce individuals to WIZO’s work supply alternatives to expertise points not out there to vacationers, which reinforces our function and significance inside Israeli society.

Ronit Ribak Madari

Ellisa Estrin, Director, Jewish Care

I joined Jewish Care 10 years in the past. I really feel proud to work for an organisation the place half of the directorate staff are women and versatile working is absolutely embraced, in order that those that are elevating households and are care-givers are afforded the identical alternatives as others. Whilst we strategy 2020, this nonetheless isn’t the case in so many industries, and for therefore many women.

Yearly Jewish Care, via its many companies, touches the lives of 10,000 individuals. We stay dedicated to providing a service which is buyer centric and meets their wants.

This previous yr, my focus has been on creating other ways to speak with the neighborhood exterior of conventional media and putting in a brand new onboarding course of to make the 400 purchasers and their households who come into our properties every year really feel supported each step of the way in which.

I’m privileged to work alongside a unbelievable staff of gifted males and women of various ages, faiths and nationalities, all dedicated to supporting one neighborhood – the Jewish neighborhood.

Ellisa Estrin





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