The Jewish community has been flooded with fundraising appeals timed to coincide with the festival of Passover, which begins this week.
Norwood, the family care charity, has launched a £50,000 appeal to its 18,000 members focusing on themes of the festival such as Haggadah, the book relating to the Passover meal.
"It was vital that we created a campaign that would have an immediate impact as we're facing unbelievable competition for funds this year," said a spokesperson at Norwood.
Jewish Care, one of the largest UK Jewish charities, is launching a major direct mail appeal to 40,000 supporters. The campaign outlines the reasons behind the charity's £3 million cash shortfall and appeals for help to continue its services.
"The campaign signals a wake-up call to our community," said Sue Levy, spokesperson at Jewish Care. "We are facing a tough financial time ahead but there is no question of withdrawing our services today."
Meanwhile, World Jewish Relief is using direct mail to generate £90,000 for forgotten people in the former Soviet Union.
According to the Institute of Jewish Policy Research, Britain's Jewish population of 280,000 sustains 2,000 charitable, educational, religious and welfare bodies.