Charity

Council tribute to aristocrat who was Ireland’s first lady of giving

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A council in Ireland has honoured the figure regarded as “the most important Jewish woman in Irish history” by opening a bridge in her name.

Kilkenny City Borough Council was due to unveil the Lady Desart pedestrian bridge this week as a tribute to philanthropist Ellen Odette Bischoffsheim — known in Ireland as the Countess of Desart after her marriage to a local peer.

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Earl of Wessex out to launch at JLGB

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Earl of Wessex helped JLGB to launch a volunteering initiative in Kensington on Tuesday at a gathering of 800 brigade members and supporters.

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Oxfam unhappy over Scarlett Johansson connection to Israeli firm

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

A British charity supported by Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson says it objects to her new role as a spokesperson for the Israeli firm SodaStream.

Oxfam says it is concerned because the SodaStream factory operates in the West Bank.

Ms Johansson has been an ambassador for the charity since 2007.

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Cambridge Students aim to reach Australia in charity hitchhike

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

Two Cambridge students have embarked on a 36 hour hitchhike in a effort to raise £1 million pounds for charity.

Stephanie Posner and Miriam Shaul are taking part in Jailbreak, an event organised by the RAG student group.

The challenge is to travel as far as they can without spending any of their own money in the hope people will sponsor them the further they get.

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WJR checks on typhoon aid

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

Two World Jewish Relief employees are on an “emotional” visit to the Philippines, delivering support packs to victims of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.

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Charity ruling spells relief for strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A small Christian congregation has won a two-year battle to gain charitable status in a case which could have had a knock-on effect on strictly Orthodox Jewish groups.

The Charity Commission has finally agreed to register the Preston Down Trust in Devon, which belongs to the Plymouth Brethren sect, after rejecting its application in 2012.

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Honour for Bach expert

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A London philanthropist, who fled Germany as a child, is to be presented with the country’s highest award.

Sir Ralph Kohn, 86, is to receive the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the German Embassy on Tuesday.

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Oxfam concern over Palestinian activist

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2014

Oxfam has cancelled an exhibition about Gaza over concerns about a pro-Palestinian activist who was due to co-host the event with the charity.

Gaza: Through My Eyes was due to take place tonight at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel, with Ibrahim Hewitt as keynote speaker.

Oxfam pulled out after it was forwarded details of comments attributed to Mr Hewitt about homosexuality and Jews.

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Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2014

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.

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League needs more men to be one of 'our lads'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

A League of Jewish Women “lad” has dedicated his volunteering to helping impoverished ex-servicemen and women.
Harold Weisberg, 79, has helped hundreds of ex-soldiers and their widows in Salford, where he is treasurer of the local branch of the national armed forces charity SSAFA.

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