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Emma BrookesReligious Education 28th April 2010
Jewish Charities
Tzedek:
Tzedek is a Jewish overseas development and educational charity.
`Jewish Action for a just world' and `a world without extreme poverty'
Tzedakah literally means righteousness in Hebrew.
Giving to the poor is an obligation in Judaism
Jews are commanded to give at least 10% of their net income to charity.
Giving to charity in Jewish law and tradition is viewed as obligatory self-taxation,
rather than voluntary donation.
To Jews, charity is equal in importance to all the other commandments combined.
Overseas projects-
Tzedek gives support to help set up development projects in some of the
poorest communities in the world, regardless of race or religion.
Education and campaigning-
Tzedek runs Projects in Jewish schools and also a series of sessions for adults
about international development and Jewish responsibility.
Overseas Volunteer programmes-
Tzedek's Overseas Volunteer Programme sends volunteers to learn about their
overseas partners for two months every summer.
Tzedek works in some of the world's poorest communities regardless of race or
religion, to provide direct support and to stimulate development with the goal of
eliminating poverty.
CDRW (Centre for the Development of Rural Women)
Aim: Providing excellent quality training to tribal girls for income generation in
Tamil Nadu
Background: It was started by a group of committed young women from rural
areas.
Programme: 40 tribal girls in Pudur Nadu were trained intensively for one year in
tailoring and embroidery.
Outcome: 40 tribal girls now have an income l of over £2 a day
Partners: CDRW is a member of an NGO network and partners with a similar
organisation called Peace Trust.
Maltiti Child Foundation
Aim: Increasing long term access to education for extremely poor school children
Background: In 2003 1.27 million children were engaged in child labour. 1.03 million
of these children were under 13 years old. Instead of going to school, these
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children were involved in activities such as domestic work, farming, stone breaking
or, even worse, prostitution and drug peddling.
Programme: The scheme funded by Tzedek will allow 50 vulnerable children
access to school and will help their families by providing a sustainable income
Outcome: 50 children regularly going to school, attending additional after school
classes and contributing towards their own education through the goat rearing
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The Fix-it scheme is designed to help disabled, elderly or frail clients with
specific jobs around the house which, though small, are difficult to tackle.
Jewish Care organises social events, giving people an opportunity to meet
others, spend time with old friends and raise money for their community
Jewish Care also organises sporting as a fun way of raising funds and involving
people of all ages throughout our community.…read more

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