Charity

A high flyer is out on a wing for charity

June 23, 2016

Not one to say no to a challenge Vanessa Kushner stepped even further out of her comfort zone when she was strapped onto the wings of a plane to raise funds for the Jewish Care home where her late father was a resident.

Mrs Kushner completed her most terrifying challenge to date by standing on the wing of a plane while it flew at 250 feet over Gloucester at 135mph.

She said: "I have done a

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Staggering sums

June 23, 2016

We tend to take for granted the sums raised at communal dinners. A million here, two million there. Or, as at this week's Jewish Care dinner, £5.1 million in one night.

But a moment's reflection should tell us how extraordinary this tradition of giving really is.

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Charity income hits billion

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published last Friday, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.

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Jewish charities have income of £1 billion, says report

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published today, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.

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Injured soldier thanks support charity

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A severely injured Israeli war veteran helped by the Beit Halochem UK charity told his story at a dinner at The Dorchester where the 400 guests raised £900,000.

Omer Levi, 28, had been discharged from the IDF in 2011. But as a reservist, he was called back as an evacuation commander during the 2014 Gaza conflict. On the Gaza border, he was hit by a mortar shell fired by Hamas.

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Footballers help UJIA net £115k

June 17, 2016

UJIA covered the north London bases for its annual sports quiz and dinner by recruiting former stars from both Arsenal and Spurs, respectively Ray Parlour and Graham Roberts.

The wider goal was promoted by committee chair Clive Nathan, who spoke of his recent visit to UJIA's Equalizer programme in Haifa, which brings young Jews, Arabs and Druze together through football.

A video shown to the

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Camp Simcha fans enjoy the Grand tour

June 17, 2016

Twenty-one Camp Simcha supporters have raised more than £80,000 from its first overseas challenge, a four-day Grand Canyon trek.

The group included two volunteers who work closely with seriously ill children that Camp Simcha assists and Hendon couple Anita and Benji Rietti, who turned to the charity when their daughter Batya was born with a serious heart condition nearly four years ago.

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Top volunteers are honoured

By John Fisher, June 10, 2016

The contribution of volunteers who cumulatively devote 22,000 hours annually to Leeds Jewish Welfare Board were celebrated at an awards tea thrown by the charity.

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Pushy pair will be out to profit for Step by Step

June 10, 2016

Hadasa Mayerfeld will be pushy in the nicest way when she helps wheelchair-bound Moishe Duvid Gluck complete the 5k course in aid of the Step by Step charity and the pair are hoping to top last year's £3,000-plus in sponsorship.

Ms Mayerfeld, 22, is a volunteer co-ordinator for Step by Step and has become great friends with Moishe, 15, who is severely disabled.

"The run is perfect to combin

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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.

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