Community life

'You are the big society'

By Josh Jackman, June 27, 2016

David Cameron told 1,200 guests at Jewish Care's annual dinner that the charity is "the best of Jewish and the best of British".

But Steven Lewis, Jewish Care chairman, said that the government's decision to raise the minimum wage meant the charity needed an extra £4 million every year.


Canvey MP welcomes Charedi arrivals

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Plans to set up a Charedi community on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary have been welcomed by the local MP.

After a recent meeting with representatives from the strictly Orthodox community, Rebecca Harris, the MP for Castle Point, said that it was "encouraging to hear how enthusiastic they are about playing a part and contributing to the local community".

She added that it was "nice to he


The blues in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The first Cambridge Limmud to be held in summer will also be the last, co-chair Julian Landy revealed during the biennial event on Sunday.

Howard Jacobson, Rita Rudner and Sir Lawrence Freedman captivated those who made the trip to Anglia Ruskin University for the day.

The warm weather and picturesque surroundings were a world away from the cold winds of Limmud Conference, with dozens of att


Side by Side wins rebuild approval

June 23, 2016

Nursery and special needs school Side by Side has received Hackney Council's approval to build a £10.5 million school at Lordship Road in Hackney, the former site of Avigdor Primary.

The new build will increase the school's capacity from 80 to 110 pupils aged from two to 19, as well as doubling the floor area of the school site in Stamford Hill.


'You have chosen to help other people,' says Marr

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

More than 800 guests raised a record £600,000 at the annual Norwood property lunch last Friday.

Guest speaker broadcaster Andrew Marr spoke about the importance of the "third sector", a term used by Prime Minister David Cameron to refer to voluntary organisations.

Praising the guests at the fundraiser, he added: "You are all busy, hardworking people who have chosen to put some time and some


A high flyer is out on a wing for charity

June 23, 2016

Not one to say no to a challenge Vanessa Kushner stepped even further out of her comfort zone when she was strapped onto the wings of a plane to raise funds for the Jewish Care home where her late father was a resident.

Mrs Kushner completed her most terrifying challenge to date by standing on the wing of a plane while it flew at 250 feet over Gloucester at 135mph.

She said: "I have done a


Care home faces up to difficulties

By John Fisher, June 23, 2016

A period of difficulty was referred to at Donisthorpe Hall care home's annual barbecue on Sunday.

Andrew Brown, the Leeds home's chairman of trustees, told the 100 guests that this year's event was "different from all other years," and referred to recent disparaging reports from the Care Quality Commission.

"We are going through a difficult period.


Supporters aid Resource

June 23, 2016

More than 300 guests at Mill Hill Synagogue pitted their wits at a supper quiz to support employment advice centre Resource.

It was Resource's largest fundraising event - and a record £10,000 was raised towards the charity's free support, guidance and training programmes to help unemployed members of the community throughout the country get back into the workplace.

Chief executive Victoria


Ort finds Jimmy Choos a perfect fit

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

As the only male guest in a room of more than 80 women, Adam Overlander-Kaye was struggling to get a word in edgeways.


Injured soldier thanks support charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A severely injured Israeli war veteran helped by the Beit Halochem UK charity told his story at a dinner at The Dorchester where the 400 guests raised £900,000.

Omer Levi, 28, had been discharged from the IDF in 2011. But as a reservist, he was called back as an evacuation commander during the 2014 Gaza conflict. On the Gaza border, he was hit by a mortar shell fired by Hamas.