Charitable activities have an important place in Jewish tradition. The Jewish law of Tzedakah places all Jewish men and women under the same duty to perform charitable acts. The SIG also espouses this principle.
The VSJF is the social arm of the SIG. It is an aid organisation recognised as such by the Swiss Confederation and is a member of Swiss Refugee Aid [SFH].
Founded in 1908 as a loose association, it was integrated into the SIG in 1925 as the umbrella organisation for all Jewish groups caring for the poor. Since 1943 it has operated under the name Association of Swiss Jewish Refugee Aid and Welfare Organisations [VSJF].
The VSJF runs a social welfare office, supporting Jewish individuals that are often not members of a Jewish community. It is the contact point for the Claims Conference in Switzerland.
In addition, the VSJF is a federally recognised relief organisation and member of the Swiss Refugee Council (SRC). It supports refugees regardless of origin or religion. For many decades the VSJF has been committed to fair asylum policies and practices and to the social participation of refugees in Switzerland.