Kol Nidrei Appeal 5781 / 2020

This year, your NLS Council has selected three charities for our 5781 / 2020 Kol Nidrei Appeal.

  • Freedom from Torture – our national charity
  • Krembo Wings – our Israeli charity
  • Tracy's Street Kitchen – our local charity

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Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture, was founded in 1985 by Helen Bamber, one of the British team who entered Bergen Belsen in 1945.

Freedom from Torture provides practical help, such as legal and welfare advice, to support torture survivors navigate the asylum system and access social services like housing and welfare. Every year they see many hundreds of survivors of torture at their five clinical centres throughout the UK.

Freedom from Torture medico-legal reports are considered expert witness testimony by the Home Office and asylum tribunals, which regard them as the benchmark for evidence in the area.

Freedom from Torture campaigns for meaningful human rights change, working to persuade governments and other actors to uphold the global ban on torture.

Freedom from Torture was nominated by Ida Waksberg.

Krembo Wings

Established in 2002, Krembo Wings’ main purpose is to enable every child living with any type of motor, cognitive or sensory disability to take part in enjoyable social interactions between one another and their able-bodied peers — and become part of community life in Israel.

Krembo Wings is the only youth movement in Israel for children and young adults with special needs, providing weekly social activities for young people with all types of mental and physical disabilities and their able-bodied peers. They also run an annual family summer camp. Activities are run with the assistance of able-bodied youth counsellors, aged 14 to 18, who learn the values of volunteering and leadership through their roles. Krembo Wings currently operates over 75 branches across Israel, and welcomes over 800 young people with special needs aged 7 to 21 from all cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

Krembo Wings is not yet recognized by the Ministry of Education and so relies on voluntary donations to support its unique and innovative work. It was however invited to represent Israel at a United Nations conference in 2015 in recognition of its unique model for effectively integrating children and youth with and without special needs.

Krembo Wings was nominated by Michelle Hillary.

Tracy's Street Kitchen

In 1981, at the age of 14, Tracy was sleeping rough on the streets of Nottingham. She managed to turn her life around but remained determined to help homeless people. In 2016, she founded Tracy’s Street Kitchen to provide hot nutritious meals to the homeless street people of Nottingham one evening a week on Trinity Square.

The number of people served has grown steadily rising from about 60 at the start to about 150-175 now. Since lockdown, Tracy’s Street Kitchen has been part of a rota to feed those accommodated at a city centre hotel as well as operating at Trinity Square four times per week, providing both hot meals and care packages. As the funding for hotel accommodation ceases, they are expecting a big increase in demand for their services.

Tracy’s Street Kitchen was nominated by Michelle Hillary.

Wishing you and your families health and happiness for the coming year,
David Leigh, Honorary Treasurer.

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