Can you imagine what it's like... it's like... to not be
able to bathe yourself?
it's like... to be unable to cook
without risking an accident?
it's like... to feel like you are living
in solitary confinement?
The evidence is clear, you can help tear down the barriers to independence.
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Meet the team

We pride ourselves on running a tight ship with a small team of dedicated professionals who ensure that your donations go where they will do most good. This team is supported by lay leaders who provide invaluable help and advice based on an involvement with the charity that  goes back to its inception over 45 years ago.

  • Management and leadership

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    The Jewish Blind & Disabled team is led by chief executive Hazel Kaye. Hazel has over 12 years experience in the charity sector and she oversees all the organisation's activities from allocation of apartments to ongoing tenants' support which includes house management and maintenance, as well as the charity's marketing and fund raising programmes. Hazel is supported by the invaluable advice given by both Malcolm Ozin MBE, the charity's president, and John Joseph MBE, chairman, which is based on long association with the organisation. The leadership team is completed by Stuart Simmons who took on the role of honorary treasurer in 2010.

  • Tenancy Support Team

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    The Tenant Support team is led by Karen Zeff, who has over 20 years experience in housing having previously worked for both local authorities and housing associations. Her role is to manage the House Managers in all the buildings as well as the Tenant Support Team. This team supports the tenants from home visiting and assessment, through their move into a Jewish Blind & Disabled building, to ongoing care and support when needed.

  • House Managers

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    Each of our buildings has two house managers living on site ensuring that there is always someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All of our house managers have backgrounds either working in the care sector or as volunteer carers. In addition to our 14 resident house managers we also have three relief managers plus a portfolio of bank staff available if needed so that we never have to call on agency staff and, instead, our tenants always have a known and friendly individual offering support.

  • Property Department

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    Daniel Chakimi has overseen our property department since February 2009. This department is central to enhancing our tenants' quality of life as they ensure that all buildings and their grounds are maintained to the highest standard. They also adapt individual apartments as and when required if a tenant's level of mobility deteriorates. In addition the mobility bus that takes tenants on weekly shopping trips is managed by Daniel and his team.

  • Volunteers & Activities Team

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    The Volunteer & Activities Team have some exciting and innovative ideas for new and different activities to complement the old favourites. However, ideas can only become events with the input of our valued volunteers and we are always in need of more people to help transform our tenants’ lives. A volunteer, friendly visitor, or chaperone would be able to choose how much time and how often they had available to help and we would greatly appreciate whatever time they had to spare.

    Giving of yourself and your time is often the most meaningful form of giving so if you or anyone you know is interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities please call Judy on 020 8371 6611 ext 604 or click here for our online application form. 

  • Campaign Team

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    The campaign team manages all the charity's fund raising and marketing activity including appeals, events, sponsored challenges, newsletter, diary etc. In 2008 the team established Young JBD to involve young professionals in the charity and, one year later, a schools' programme was launched to help educate younger children about living with disability as well as to inform them about the work of Jewish Blind & Disabled.

  • Finance

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    Hemant Kanabar and Yael Toledano are responsible for all the financial operations of the organisation

  • Human Resources

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    As HR & Projects Manager, Yvonne is in charge of all human resources issues in the organisation as well as supporting the chief executive on various special projects. 

  • Members of Council

    The Council of Management exists as the governing body of the Charity with ultimate responsibility over the systems and processes needed to ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of the organisation. The council currently consists of the following members in addition to the leadership team:

    Reginald Davis

    Lance Joseph

    Michael Kurer FRCS (Orth.)

    Martin Mendoza

    Peter Silverman