Social Action

Recycling — it’s all in the Torah

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Recycling, green energy and conserving water have their roots in Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts, according to a new book.

Rabbi Natan Levy — social action consultant to the Board of Deputies — contributed the Jewish chapters to Sharing Eden, a Conservation Foundation project.

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Ruth Messinger's social action plan to bring in Jewish youth

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Activism on international poverty and human rights is bringing British and American Jews back into the community, the head of the American Jewish World Service said in London this week.

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Gap years in Israel...and Africa?

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

New Tzedek chief executive Jude Williams wants young Jews on gap years to gain a more rounded experience by visiting both Israel and a developing country.

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Poverty action on the menu

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

Choreographer Arlene Phillips is among Jewish anti-poverty campaigners who have spent this week existing on a food budget of £1 or less a day to draw attention to the plight of the world’s poorest people.

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Fight against climate change is uphill ride

By Luciana Berger, February 2, 2012

Many communities, commentators and politicians agree that climate change is the single greatest challenge facing humanity.

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Green activists hoping to harness pedal power

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

An initiative to get Jews on their bikes has won the support of London's best-known cyclist, Boris Johnson.

On Tu Bishvat, the Jewish Social Action Forum's Big Green Jewish campaign will launch the Year of the Bicycle.

It follows the food-themed Year of the Bagel, where the focus included promoting community spaces to grow food and using eco-friendly produce and crockery at Jewish organisati

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Limmud meets special needs for learning

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

Volunteers who helped adults with learning disabilities to lead and participate in Limmud conference activities say the initiative is an important example of giving those with special needs greater involvement in community events.

Limmud 2011 co-chair and Norwood Jewish cultural manager Shoshana Bloom organised a day-long Limmud experience for 15 adults with learning disabilities, most from Nor

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Interview: Dan Berelowitz

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

When Dan Berelowitz was appointed Tzedek director four years ago, he was the international development charity's first paid employee, despite Tzedek having been operational since 1990.

He leaves the charity with a staff of 10, ready to move into their own offices, having raised more than £700,000 over three years.

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Your guide to Xmas volunteering

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

Communal charities will co-ordinate hundreds of volunteers over the Christmas period.

Jewish Volunteering Network has opportunities including helping out with arts and crafts for vulnerable adults at Holy Cross Centre Trust in Kings Cross.

It is also seeking volunteers - especially drivers, doctors, hairdressers and entertainers - for the Crisis at Christmas homeless shelters.

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Soup run is serving up some seasonal goodwill

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

Carrying vats of homemade tomato soup and hundreds of rolls, soup run volunteers head out into some of London's most expensive streets to feed the capital's poorest people.

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