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Eighth Rung


What is Eighth Rung? 
Eighth Rung is an FRS initiative, aimed at helping people find their way out of homelessness. 
We provide:
✔️ funding 
✔️long-term, sustainable support strategies 
We take our name from Maimonides, who said the highest level of tzedakah is helping a person become self-sufficient. 
Our long-term goal? For those we support to no longer need to depend on charity. 

As we build our new home, we remember those who have no home 
Great news - Most of the money raised from the High Holy Day Appeals in 2020, 2021 and 2022 will go to Eighth Rung. 
Our hope - FRS members will link the project with our amazing new building, and think of it whenever they think of FRS.

Where will the money go?
•    Money raised by Eighth Rung will fund a full or part-time support officer employed by Homeless Action in Barnet, HAB. 
•    FRS has a relationship with HAB that goes back decades, through our work providing lunches for homeless people and running the winter and Christmas shelters. 
•    The support officer will work with clients moving into temporary accommodation in shared houses or into private rented accommodation. 
•    The aim is to ensure that rough sleepers gain access to housing and are provided with appropriate individualised support to maintain that tenancy and establish roots in a community. 

How much do we need?
Last year’s High Holy Day Appeal raised more than £30,000. Whilst that is a significant amount, it comes from only around 220 family units – a quarter of the FRS membership. 
We are fundraising throughout the year as well as at the High Holy Day Appeal.

Please donate and support the work that we do by clicking here. Every pound will make a difference to someone’s future and may save a life. 
As we are committed to funding a support worker at HAB for a three-year period, we will ask you to give generously at this year’s High Holy Day Appeal. 

We’ll keep you in the loop
“As our community pulls out all the stops for our new synagogue building, we remember others who do not have a roof over their heads,” says Rabbi Miriam. “Our aim is to make a lasting difference to homeless people in Barnet.”
As the project takes shape, we will keep you in the loop. 
Look out for new posts on this page and other FRS communications channels on how we’re making a difference.

We raised over £33K! 
We were thrilled to present a cheque for £33,060.77 to Joe Lee, chief executive of Homeless Action in Barnet.

Nikki Elton of Eighth Rung, Joe Lee and
Rabbi Miriam at the presentation



More than £1,500 was raised from Tea in the Garden in August.  Many thanks to Margaret and Gerald Levin, who kindly agreed to share the proceeds of the day between the FRS Rebuilding Project and Eighth Rung. 

FRS chair Bob Humphreys with Janet Berenson and Ruth Rabin of Eighth Rung at Tea in the Garden 




✔️Eighth Rung and HAB both want the same outcome – a sustainable reduction in homelessness in Barnet.
✔️Our aim is that the commitment to supporting some of Barnet’s most vulnerable people becomes second nature to all FRS members. That is why we are working with many different sectors of the community - including our children and young people – to spread the word. 
✔️We are truly grateful to the Rabbinic Team, our Chair and Council for supporting us every step of the way. 



Sat, 21 May 2022 20 Iyar 5782