Charity

Volunteers of all ages are honoured on awards night

September 11, 2014

Volunteers from teenagers to near centenarians were honoured at a ceremony at JW3's Finchley Road premises on Monday.

The Wohl/Jewish Volunteering Network awards recognise "the enormous range of volunteering roles in the Jewish community".

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Charity that exploits its high reputation for ethical work

By Gerald M Steinberg and Naftali Balanson, September 4, 2014

Oxfam was founded in 1942 to provide humanitarian aid around the world but it has also become a powerful political force, and the opinions (and prejudices) of its leaders are often more influential than those of many elected officials.

This is particularly true in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Oxfam's highly biased agenda is continuing to contribute to the conflict.

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Comic Relief donation makes Rwandans smile

By Jenni Frazer, September 4, 2014

World Jewish Relief has been given a substantial donation by Comic Relief.

WJR received £365,994 in support of its pilot programme in Rwanda, called the Livelihood Development Programme. The project is aimed at improving the lives of nearly 9,000 Rwandans over the next three years.

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Islamic charity launches probe over Hamas funding claims

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2014

A leading Muslim charity in the UK is carrying out an internal investigation into its aid to Palestinians following Israeli claims of links to Hamas.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon banned Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the West Bank in June, accusing it of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.

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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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Human rights champion Helen Bamber dies

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2014

Veteran human rights champion Helen Bamber has died at the age of 89.

Following the Holocaust, Ms Bamber began her compassionate work by helping victims of torture and atrocities.

She was born into a Polish-Jewish family in north London in 1925 and as a teenager joined efforts to combat Oswald Mosley’s fascists.

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Hundreds of thousands raised to help victims

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

British Jews have been mobilising to help those in Israel affected by the ongoing violence.

Magen David Adom UK's emergency appeal, launched last month, has raised almost £300,000, a sum the charity said was unprecedented.

It hopes to buy a new ambulance to support Israel's emergency services taking part in Operation Protective Edge.

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Their Gift to the needy

July 17, 2014

US Chesed and Gift joined forces on Sunday to collect food for families in need. Stationed outside Waitrose in Temple Fortune, Tesco stores in Hendon, Golders Green and Edgware, B Kosher in Hendon, Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green and Mendy's in Edgware, the volunteers collected essentials donated by shoppers.

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Tribute to leading lady

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

Hull Wizo has held its largest fundraising event in years, collecting thousands of pounds for disadvantaged children in memory of a former leader.

Avril Rowland died last year following an eight-year battle against cancer. She had been a community stalwart, holding a number of charity committee positions and volunteering for hundreds of hours for Jewish and non-Jewish groups across the city.

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Care charity celebrates as duchess is back for seconds

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

There was a royal return for Jewish Blind and Disabled when the Duchess of Gloucester opened its £10.6 million development in Bushey, Cecil Rosen Court, on Wednesday.

For the duchess had also formally opened the charity's original Cecil Rosen Court - named after the JBD founder - in Wembley 20 years ago.

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