Charity

Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused

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Thousands turn out for Mitzvah Day

By Naomi Firsht, November 17, 2014

Record numbers of volunteers turned out for the Mitzvah Day charity event on Sunday.

Around 37,000 people across the country collected food, took on conservation tasks and participated in a range of social action projects

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Charity in appeal for blood donors

By Naomi Firsht, October 24, 2014

The Joely Bear Appeal will hold its 60th blood donor sesssion at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue this weekend.

The appeal was launched in January 1995 in memory of Joel Renak, a Jewish child who died aged four from a rare form of liver cancer.

His family have been campaigning ever since for more blood and stem cell donors.

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Topol and Oberman lead a starry cast on primary school's charity disc

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Chaim Topol, Tracey-Ann Oberman and Nick Ferrari are among the personalities retelling Jewish folk tales and Bible stories on a charity CD to raise money for North West London Jewish Day School and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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Spit4Mum campaigners shortlisted for top charity award

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

The #Spit4Mum campaigners have been nominated for one of the prestigious Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.

Jonni and Caroline Berger launched an innovative campaign which persuaded thousands of Jews to sign up to the Anthony Nolan Trust bone marrow register after their mother, Sharon, fell ill and needed a bone marrow transplant.

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Friends kayak across the Channel to raise thousands for charity

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2014

Two Jewish brothers and their five friends have raised £10,000 for charity, by kayaking across the Channel.

Jamie and Jonny Levy, Nick Rubin, Joshua Metliss, James Griffiths, Michael Cavanagh and Justin Sloggett completed the voyage from Dungerness to Boulogne in eight hours.

“We were knackered, but very proud,” said Jamie, 34, from Hertfordshire.

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