She's a dogged entrant

June 10, 2016

When partially sighted Bracha Ben-Avraham realised that her vision was deteriorating further, she contacted the Israel Guide Dog Centre.

Having lived most her life without mobility aids, the thought of "suddenly needing help scared me". What frightened her most was the prospect of losing her independence.

In 2009, the centre provided Ms Ben-Avraham with a labrador, Suki.


Vegetarians plan 'ethical' centre

By Lianne Kolirin, June 9, 2016

The Jewish Vegetarian Society (JVS) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise GPB25,000 to create a community centre.

The charity is urging the public to help fund its plan to create an "amazing new space in the heart of Jewish London".

As a token of appreciation, donors will receive anything from a massage to a three-course vegan meal - depending on how much they contribute.


Kisharon diners see that Talya is one in a million

May 27, 2016

A moving speech from a 21-year-old supported by Kisharon helped the special educational needs charity raise a record £1 million from its 40th anniversary dinner.

Talya Jacobson, daughter of Kisharon chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, has cerebral palsy, a severe visual impairment and learning difficulties.

Addressing the 700 guests at the Park Lane Hilton in central London, she said: "Wh


Roux helps to cook up a heartwarming night

By Barry Toberman, May 20, 2016

Two television personalities featured prominently in educational charity Langdon's annual dinner at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

One was double Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jnr, whose Channel 4 series Kitchen Impossible trained young people with learning disabilities to work in a commercial kitchen.


Meal with wine? Try the charity shop

By Barry Toberman, May 20, 2016

Changes in communal charity shops in recent years have included modernised outlets that look comfortably at home in the high street, retailing top brand names that attract the fashionistas.

Now mental health charity Jami has taken the concept a significant stage further by adding a café and meeting space to its Golders Green Road shop.

The plan is to open from breakfast until late evening a


Tikva's got talent, says Walliams

May 20, 2016

David Walliams brought star quality to Tikva UK's dinner in London's Mayfair which raised more than£1 million for Tikva children's homes in Odessa, Ukraine.

The emotional impact was in the story of Raya Skakun. Brought to Tikva at the age of six, she grew up in its homes. "Tikva gave me that hope for a better life that I didn't know I deserved," she said.


Young donors are a concern, says Israel charity chief

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

British Jews do not have to choose between donating money to Israel and other causes, according to the head of the UK's largest pro-Israel charity.

Michael Wegier, UJIA chief executive, said the community had a responsibility to give to Israel causes as well as international charities and domestic groups.


Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.


Hip hip purée - lookalike meals go to NHS patients

By Barry Toberman, May 12, 2016

Hospital food can appear unappetising at its best.


Charity founders hopeful of cure for son's disease

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld's world collapsed when their five-year-old son Gavriel was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that kills sufferers before their 30s.

But through their despair, the Hendon couple were determined to help find a cure for the condition, which is currently fatal in all cases and affects 300,000 people worldwide.