The Wohl Legacy is a family of charitable foundations that support organizations and communities across a variety of fields in UK, Israel, and Europe.
The Wohl Legacy seeks to ensure strong, viable Jewish communities across the UK and Europe, and a healthy society at large, through funding organizations in healthcare, welfare, education, and employment.
The Wohl Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Professor David Latchman, Vice-Chancellor at Birkbeck, University of London. The qualified and committed board works to carry on the goals of the late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl. With his prominence in the education field, Latchman plays a key role in supporting the foundation’s efforts.
The Wohl Legacy comprises of three different charities, all founded by the late Maurice and Vivienne Wohl:
- The Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation
- The Maurice & Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation
- The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation
As a cohesive vision, Wohl Legacy supports several causes, each with its own specific purpose that reflects the principles and values of Maurice and Vivienne Wohl. In order to receive a grant, these projects must have the potential to change lives — the idea to which the Wohl family dedicated their lives.
The Foundation's History
The Wohl Legacy began with the founding of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation in 1965, as Maurice wanted to put his wealth as a successful property developer towards helping others. Inspired by his father’s endless generosity as a Rabbi, Maurice continued to support people and communities in need with his wife Vivienne. The couple created the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation.
- The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King’s College London, UK. This facility stands as one of Europe’s largest hubs for neuroscience research and medical experts.
- Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Biology Endowment grants medicinal research, emphasizing cancer treatment research. Weizmann Institute is also home to the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Institute for Drug Discovery, promoting new findings in medicine.
- More support for Medical Advancement includes: Jnetics in the UK and Translational Medicine in Israel.
- The Kisharon Wohl Campus in Hendon, UK. The school accommodates students’ specific educational needs while providing them with Jewish learning.
- Educating for Impact (EFI) in Europe. The Wohl Legacy co-founded this initiative to strengthen Jewish communities across Europe through Jewish schools.
- More support for Education in the Jewish Community Includes: Gesher Primary School in London, Gateways in London , Seed in the UK, Pajes in the UK, Children Ahead in the UK and Zefat Academic College in Israel.
Care and Welfare
- The Camp Simcha Wohl Family Retreat. This retreat provides a relaxing and engaging atmosphere for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
- The Jewish Care Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in Golders Green, London. Maurice Wohl selected this project right before his passing, and the site provides nursing, dementia care and independent living for elderly Jewish people.
- More support for Care and Welfare includes JDC in Israel, and Nightingale Hammerson in the UK.
Pathways to Employment
- Work Avenue in London. The Wohl Enterprise Hub houses charity Work Avenue, which provides professional support to individuals.
- JDC in Israel. Wohl works with numerous aspects of JDC, including employment support programs.
- More support for Pathways to Employment includes Gateways in London, Charedi Employment in Israel, Appleseeds Academy in Israel, Hineni in Israel and World Jewish Relief in Ukraine.