Liverpool Jewish Board of Guardians for the Relief of
the Jewish Poor of Liverpool was established in 1875. Liverpool’s
cargo and liner trade with America made the city a natural staging
for the persecuted Jews of Europe on their way to the New World.
Guardians was the organisation which fed and helped this flood of
Apart from the problems of transients there was the
considerable problem of poverty in the resident population which had to
dealt with by private Charity. At this
time the Welfare State did not exist and none of its resources or
The work of the Board of
Guardians continued steadily until the First World War, through the
unemployment of the 20’s and 30’s, the rise of Nazi Germany and the
of the Second World War.
In the 1970’s the organisation changed its working name to
Merseyside Jewish Welfare Council. Merseyside Jewish Welfare Council continued
and co-ordinated the work of the Board of Guardians and adapted to meet
needs and circumstances of the Liverpool Jewish Community.
The original objective to provide relief for the Jewish poor
in Merseyside has remained the same as when our Charity was first formed in
In the year 2000 the Charity
modernised its working name and became Merseyside Jewish Community Care.
In the following years the range of welfare provision
expanded and a review from the Charity Commission in 2004 recommended we become
a Registered Company as well as a Charity.
The Trustees took this opportunity to review and evaluate the role of
the Charity and decided to modernise the Constitution to meet current and
expected future welfare needs of the Liverpool Jewish Community.
Merseyside Jewish Community Care incorporated
as a Company on 6 February 2007.
Constitution had widened our Charity’s objectives enabling us to provide the
established welfare work of the Board of Guardians plus new services. We could now offer more services to more
In 2008 we held an historic Annual General Meeting for
Merseyside Jewish Community Care it
was the final Annual General Meeting for the old Charity and was also the first Annual General
Meeting for Merseyside Jewish Community Care under our new Constitution.
The Trustees have ensured
that welfare provision has been maintained and new services developed for our
On 1 April 2008 Merseyside Jewish Community Care began
operating as a Charitable Incorporated Company,
as advised by the Charity Commission the net value of the unincorporated
Merseyside Jewish Community Care has been transferred over to the new
incorporated Merseyside Jewish Community Care.