At the heart of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl’s philanthropic purpose was the desire to help those in need. Whether it was on an individual basis or on a larger scale and whether those needs were economic, medical, educational or social, they always sought to make a difference to the lives and welfare of their fellow human beings. As the trustees of the Wohl Legacy take the Foundations forward, the nature of the needs they address may evolve but the essence of Maurice and Vivienne’s philanthropic vision remains.

The Wohl Family Retreat, Camp Simcha, UK

The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

Camp Simcha UK is a charity which supports the families of children in the Jewish community who are suffering from serious or life threatening illnesses. As well as a range of day-to-day services, Camp Simcha runs a unique programme of retreats.

The Wohl Family Retreat gives children with cancer and their families three precious days of rest and relaxation, support and friendship, exciting activities and family time in a beautiful hotel environment, with all their medical needs catered for. Families live for many months on the energy boost created at the Wohl retreat. For the children, the therapeutic benefit of laughter and fun, with others who understand what they are going through, cannot be measured.


JDC Ashalim and Eshel, Israel

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation (through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC))

Ashalim is an initiative established by JDC in partnership with the Israeli Government to respond to the needs of children and youth at risk.  It works through programmes such as the Elecha scheme, which seeks to train educators and students in the Haredi teachers’ seminary system to reach under-achieving students.

Eshel is an initiative aimed at the elderly. Its programmes include training for carers and social workers so that they can most effectively support the complex needs of senior citizens; facilitating employment opportunities for the over-60s;  and a stroke rehabilitation centre in Ramat Gan.

Through the JDC, the Foundation supports similar programmes in the former Soviet Union.


Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus, Jewish Care, London

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus at Jewish Care in Golders Green was one of the legacy projects funded by the sale of Maurice and Vivienne’s art collection after their deaths.

Jewish Care had a vision to create a ‘community within a community’ and the state-of-the-art facility, which opened in 2010, does just that, providing for the elderly and those in need. The extensive site includes a 54-bed nursing and dementia care home with six dedicated respite beds and 45 independent living apartments, with priority places for Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution. The community centre is open to the wider public, with a range of social and therapeutic activities, a multi-media library and computer suite, kosher restaurants, a hairdresser and a beautiful landscaped courtyard.


The Wohl Wing, Nightingale House, London

The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation

The number of people in the UK living with dementia is predicted to double in the first half of this century. The Wohl Wing at Nightingale House is a dementia unit which helps to fill a growing need in this area.

Research has shown that the physical environment has a huge impact on the quality of life for those living with dementia and Nightingale House worked with a team at Bradford University to ensure that The Wohl Wing would exemplify the highest quality design-centred care.

Opened in 2011, it includes a reminiscence kitchen on each floor and extensive common areas for relaxation and activities.   Colours and design features have been chosen to encourage independence and reduce anxiety.


United Hatzalah, Israel

The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation

United Hatzalah of Israel is a voluntary organisation which assists at medical emergencies by aiming to provide an immediate response within two to four minutes.  The medical care given in these crucial first minutes before the local ambulance service arrives can be life saving.

By increasing the number of trained emergency medics in the organisation, United Hatzalah can grow their geographic network and save more lives. The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation funded a United Hatzalah programme to train young married Haredi men, currently studying at yeshivot, in life-saving emergency medicine. This enables members of the Haredi population to continue their studies while earning a proper wage and fulfilling their civil service obligations.