8 July 2024

Jewish Women's Aid (JWA) marked its 30th anniversary with a tea thanking JWA’s dedicated founders and volunteers on 2nd July in North London, hosted by JWA Ambassador, Rachel Riley MBE. The event was a heartfelt tribute to the founders and dedicated volunteers whose unwavering support has been instrumental in JWA’s three decades of providing support services, advocacy, and advice to vulnerable women and children, across the country.

The tea brought together pioneers and volunteers to commemorate the organisation’s journey and its achievements in supporting Jewish women and their children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence over the past 30 years.

Caroline Ratner, Chair of Trustees for Jewish Women's Aid, opened the event with a warm welcome, expressing her gratitude and admiration for the attendees. “It is a privilege to honour the remarkable individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to making a profound impact in our community. Their contributions have not only changed lives but have also set a powerful example for future generations.”

Rachel Riley MBE, a passionate advocate for Jewish Women's Aid, expressed her gratitude and admiration for the attendees, highlighting the essential role of volunteers and founders. “Today, we celebrate you – the heart and soul of Jewish Women's Aid. Your dedication has enabled the organisation to provide crucial support and hope to those in need. Thank you for your unwavering commitment and passion.”

The event featured an insightful conversation hosted by Rachel Riley and honorary president and founder of Jewish Women's Aid, Judith Usiskin MBE, and vice presidents and founders, Elaine Grazin, and Mildred Levinson. They shared stories of the organisation’s founding, challenges overcome, and the milestones achieved.

Judith Usiskin reflected on the early days, “We started with a vision to create a safe space for Jewish women, and it is incredible to see how far we’ve come. Our journey has been one of resilience, hope, and unwavering commitment.”

Sam Clifford, Jewish Women's Aid’s new Chief Executive, shared her vision for the future of Jewish Women's Aid, emphasising the importance of continuing to innovate and expand its services to meet the evolving needs of the community. “While we deeply wish our work were unnecessary, we will continue to be there for Jewish women and girls at risk of violence and abuse. Our mission remains as critical as ever. We are committed to strengthening our support systems, raising awareness, and changing the culture to protect and empower women and girls. Our vision of a world where women and girls live their lives free from all forms of abuse is at the forefront of every decision we make.”