Eleven charities have made the shortlist for the JC's second Charity Appeal, designed to support worthy causes which might be overlooked during the Yomtov fundraising season.
Maureen Lipman, Esther Rantzen, Baroness Neuberger and Sir Howard Bernstein are among our nine judges who considered all nominations from readers or the charities themselves.
Their shortlist includes University Jewish Chaplaincy, Chai Cancer Care, the New Israel Fund and Jewish Women's Aid.
Also selected were special needs charities Kisharon, Delamere Forest and the Hope Centre, Scotland's Cosgrove Care and the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust, set up to educate future communal and political leaders.
The list is completed by Gift - encouraging giving and volunteering, particularly among the young - and the David Baum Foundation, training medical staff in disadvantaged areas.
Our judges will now choose the final three, which we will profile and encourage readers to support. We will announce the winning charities before Rosh Hashanah.