Community life

Global gifting at Chanucah

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

Global aid charity Tzedek is urging supporters to set aside some Chanucah gift-giving to help impoverished communities in Africa. Donations can purchase classroom resources, chicks, or even "poo flies", which enable Kenyan farmers to fertilise human excrement.

More than 100 of the £10-to-£20 gifts have already been bought.


WJR benefits as Warhol photos go on show in London

By JC Reporter, November 26, 2015

Images by the American photographer William John Kennedy will be seen by the public thanks to Jewish businessman Neil Bookatz.

He discovered the photos discarded in a box for 40 years. The collection includes a shot of artist Andy Warhol displaying his famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe.


Their biggest gift is blood

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2015

Gap year students in Israel gave a crucial Mitzvah Day donation - their blood.

The 37 teenagers who donated blood at Magen David Adom's Jerusalem headquarters last Friday were the first from Britain since the "mad cow disease" outbreak in the 1990s. Israel is now accepting blood from Britons born in 1997.


It's a perfect 10 as 25,000 join in UK good deeds

By Barry Toberman, November 26, 2015

Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks concedes that her yearly summation is always "it's the best yet". But with an estimated 40,000 people around the globe participating in the tenth edition - 25,000 in the UK - Ms Marks argues that "it is not only the numbers but the quality of projects" that demonstrate the progression of the day of good deeds.


Norwood impresses Boris - and raises £3.4m

By Josh Jackman, November 19, 2015

Boris Johnson has applauded Norwood's charitable work, describing it as an example of the difference between western values and those of the Islamic extremists who perpetrated the Paris terror attacks.

A record-breaking 1,350 guests attended the children and families charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House in central London on Monday, raising £3.4 million.

Taking the platform following a


Inspectors criticise 'inadequate' care home

By Josh Jackman and John Fisher, November 19, 2015

One of the community's largest residential homes has been deemed "not safe" after a Care Quality Commission inspection which found it failing in all areas.


£7m children's home opens

By Josh Jackman, November 19, 2015

A long-planned care home in Stamford Hill serving the whole community has welcomed its first resident, an 11-year-old boy.

The Bayis Sheli residential and respite facility in Stamford Hill took in the boy on Tuesday. The hope is to accommodate hundreds of children with moderate-to-severe special needs from throughout Britain every year, particularly through the respite element.


Orient stars enjoy their home victory

November 19, 2015

There was a "home" fixture for Leyton Orient footballers Sam Ling and Scott Kashket when they visited Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge as the club's Mitzvah Day contribution.

The players chatted with residents, staff and volunteers and handed out tickets for an upcoming Orient game.


Cameron and Sturgeon hail volunteer army

November 19, 2015

David Cameron has given a ringing endorsement to Mitzvah Day, hailing it as "a powerful movement for change, harnessing the enthusiasm of thousands of people who want to give their time to make a difference in their communities.

"It is remarkable that, this year, over 37,000 volunteers will support hundreds of causes, from transforming local community spaces to supporting elderly and vulnerable


Heart and soles: JC project provides footwear for refugees worldwide

By Danny Caro, November 19, 2015

The JC's own Mitzvah Day project was completed on Monday as staff visited the Gift charity's Hendon warehouse to help pack barely worn footwear for its Step Up scheme.

Through Step Up - the brainchild of Hasmonean pupil Noah Rubin, 14 - almost 3,500 pairs of shoes have been cleaned and distributed to refugees in countries as far afield as Kurdistan, asylum seekers and those in London homeless s