Social Action

Analysis: The UK and Europe can lead the way

By David Brown, May 26, 2011

Returning from Siach, I am filled with pride to be part of the UK Jewish community, but perhaps even more proud to now consider myself part of the revitalised European Jewish community.

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Hub's mission to nurture bright ideas

May 19, 2011

Many of the community's most innovative social action projects have begun in a small office in West Hampstead. J-Hub, supported by the Pears Foundation, provides space, training and time to help people grow their new charities and companies. Current residents include human rights charity Rene Cassin and the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiative.

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Clubhouse has crisis boys back on track

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

Located at the side of an office block and with no signage, the Boys' Clubhouse in Hendon is barely noticeable. "Most people haven't heard of us," says programme director Ari Leaman. "But then good for them."

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Interview: Mike Prashker

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

If British Jews can wave Union Jacks at the royal wedding, Mike Prashker believes that same kind of national unity can be displayed in Israel.

Mr Prashker is the founder of Israeli charity Merchavim, working towards cohesion in Israeli society, which he describes as "the next great Jewish Zionist challenge".

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Flying visits into the danger zones

By Jessica Elgot, March 31, 2011

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Japan's government insisted that a large influx of NGOs and charitable help was not needed. Disaster relief was being led by the government and Japanese Red Cross.

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My social action: Jumping out of a plane for a volunteering charity

March 31, 2011

Joey Kolirin, 26, is an adrenaline junkie when it comes to raising money. This weekend he will be skydiving with four others for the Jewish Volunteer Network

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Inspired by Obama's organising

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Barack Obama has consistently attributed his political success to his experience on the streets of Chicago as a community organiser, training church leaders, youth groups and activists to use their combined influence to affect political change.

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Have we forgotten Fairtrade?

March 3, 2011

Two years ago major Jewish communal organisations vowed to do more for fairtrade. The result was a book, The Jewish Guide to Fairtrade, published by the Board of Deputies, along with other Jewish charities. But is fairtrade still on the community agenda as we enter Fairtrade Fortnight 2011?

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Doing good with your leftover food

By Jessica Elgot, February 17, 2011

Every year, Britons throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink. Supermarkets and bakeries bin food that is safe to eat, barmitzvah caterers give their staff leftovers and dispense with the remaining buffet items and busy mums take the "two for one" deal and end up binning the "free" product.

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My social action: Saving our libraries

February 17, 2011

Moishe House co-founder Rachel Rose Reid is campaigning against the closure of libraries.

Why did you choose this cause?

Total closure is a short-sighted move. The council is willing to close six libraries in my borough, but no future local authority is likely to open six brand new libraries in the future, regardless of the economic climate. My family arrived here a hundred years ago and were undoubtedly amongst the beneficiaries of this system. I view it as my responsibility to defend them for the future.

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