Jewish charity probed over £2 million loan

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2015

The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into a north London charity which supports Torah study and other Orthodox causes over a £2 million loan.

The Golders Green-based Reb Moishe Foundation lent the money to a company of which the charity’s sole listed trustee, Jacob Plitnick, is also a director.


Stepping up fight against poverty

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2015

Jewish organisations may need to do more to prevent community members falling into poverty, according to the head of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR).

Although Dr Jonathan Boyd acknowledged that much was being done to help those in financial difficulty, little attention was paid to preventing poverty in the first place.


Jewish Care volunteer honoured by David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

An 83-year-old grandmother has received the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award for her voluntary work.

Barbara Waterman, from Hendon, north-west London, received the award, which recognises outstanding volunteers, for her work at Stepney Jewish Community Centre in east London – which has a declining Jewish community.


Brunch boost for Emunah

July 22, 2015

“Buy less… experience more,” was the message from trend guru and author James Wallman who spoke at a British Emunah brunch organised by volunteer Michelle Plainer.

Each of the 40 guests received a copy of Mr Wallman’s book, ‘Stuffocation – Living More with Less’ at the brunch which took place at the Central Square Minyan in Hampstead Garden Suburb.


Glasgow teens raise £2,500 for Chai

July 22, 2015

A group of teenage girls attracted 200 people to an event in support of Chai Cancer Care, raising more than £2,500 for the charity.

The Chai 13 committee: Ava Black, Leila Black, Olivia Bishop, Katie Lewis, Hannah Rose and Maya Tenby, held a coffee morning in the Walton Community Centre.


Moral duty to care for have nots? That's rich!

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, July 16, 2015

It is bad news that London's Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, the oldest in the country, has had its historic silver valued by Sotheby's with a view to its sale. The stated reason for this proposal is its financial deficit.


Samuel cashes in on his art to give back to supportive Camp Simcha

July 16, 2015

Sessions with a Camp Simcha art teacher are what five-year-old Samuel Van Emden looks forward to between chemotherapy treatments. And as a thank you to the charity, which has supported his Shenley family since his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last September, Samuel's art was exhibited locally to raise funds.


Parents praise caring Kisharon at £800,000 meal

July 16, 2015

Kisharon's help for children with special needs was highlighted at its annual dinner by families who have benefited.

The dinner chairs, Nicola and Jeffrey Rubinoff, have a four-year-old girl, Evie, with Down's syndrome who attends Kisharon's Tuffkid nursery.


Water worker sparkles for his charitable efforts

July 16, 2015

A West London teenager who has raised nearly £150,000 for WaterAid was presented with an award by Samantha Cameron in Downing Street on Tuesday.

George Rosenfeld, 16, found out about the charity's efforts to provide clean, safe water and sanitation to millions of people worldwide when looking for a cause to support during his barmitzvah year.

Having initially raised £13,000, he successfull


Osborne leaves charities struggling to budget

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Communal charities and their clients are counting the cost of key measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne in Wednesday's Budget.

Welfare organisations with large staffs are concerned about finding the extra money to cover the new national living wage for over-25s, which replaces the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour. It will rise to £7.20 from next April and to £9 from 2020.