Special report: Charities at breaking point

By Barry Toberman, August 25, 2016

Communal welfare charities are facing unprecedented problems at a time of record demand for their services, a JC investigation has found.


Investigation launched into strictly-Orthodox Manchester charity

By Lianne Kolirin, August 26, 2016

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into the finances of a strictly Orthodox charity.

Chessed L’Yisroel Ltd, which operates in Manchester and Salford, aims to promote religious activities in accordance with the Orthodox faith and alleviate poverty.


Concerts in memory of tragic Liora

By Lianne Kolirin, August 25, 2016

A young woman who died from a sudden illness is to be remembered in a series of fundraising concerts.

Liora Rosenberg, a former JFS pupil, died in April aged 20 after falling critically ill with a bleed on the brain and pneumonia.

Now her family and friends are paying tribute to her with live gigs to raise money for an ambulance through the Hatzola charity.


Why I got my first haircut for 25 years

By Jo Weitzman, August 25, 2016

The subject of cutting my hair first came up in conversation with my boyfriend nearly two years ago. We were going to friends of his for dinner and he mentioned that the wife worked for Zichron Menachem, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.

He asked if I had ever considered cutting my hair. My answer was a resounding "no way, never".


Big projects need younger donors

By Barry Toberman, August 25, 2016

Financial problems have not deterred charities from embarking on ambitious projects.


'Inspirational' Nicki prompts new charity

By Daniel Sugarman, August 25, 2016

Tributes have been paid to Nicki Waterman, fitness trainer to the stars, following her death from a rare form of cancer.

Mrs Waterman, who was a member of Belsize Square Synagogue, was diagnosed last year with glioblastoma, a malignant form of brain tumour.

Around 2,200 people in Britain are diagnosed with glioblastoma every year - only one in five survive for more than a year


Disabled charity cannot satisfy demand from the regions

August 12, 2016

Jewish Blind & Disabled has decided against expanding into the regions despite evidence of high demand for its services.

The charity - which has properties in Redbridge, north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs - provides independent living for those with physical problems or vision impairment.

JBD has found that one-in-three users of its online advice resource, Empowering Ability, are fro


Global donors warned over 'Hamas-funding' charities

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 11, 2016

Allegations of senior aid workers funding and supporting Hamas's military operations are only the tip of the iceberg, according to the former head of Israel's domestic intelligence agency, Avi Dichter.

Mr Dichter, now a Likud MK, said international donors were "hideously naïve" if they thought their cash was not being handed over to terrorist organisations, and many aid agencies "know very wel


Charity launched to beat Crohn's in strictly Orthodox community

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

A charity has been set up to support sufferers of Crohn's disease, particularly those in the strictly Orthodox community.

Crohn's Colitis Relief will encourage people with Crohn's to seek treatment.

Ashkenazi Jews are four times more likely to develop the digestive condition than the wider population.


Dismay as advice service for drug addicts is axed

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2016

The founder of Drugsline said this week that he was "extremely disappointed" that the specialist service for addicts and their families had been closed down.

Norwood, the charity which has run Drugsline for the past three years, said the once-a-week evening drop-in centre and the drugs awareness workshops for schools and youth groups were being axed in a refocusing of resources.