Emunah's teen team in Israel

August 5, 2013

Twenty-two Bnei Akiva members will spend a fortnight volunteering at the Emunah children’s home in Afula, northern Israel, on the movement’s Kaytana scheme, now in its third year.


Housing chief goes in Leeds

By John Fisher, July 29, 2013

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Leeds Jewish Housing Association chief executive Darren Cooper.

LJHA chair Stephen Lewis said the move had been unexpected, stating: “Mr Cooper has left his position by mutual consent. We wish him well in the future.” He declined to add to the statement.

Until a successor is appointed, Mr Lewis will act as interim leader of the association.


Money by moonlight for Kisharon

July 29, 2013

More than 60 women and girls took a late-night stroll at the weekend to raise £25,000 for Kisharon, which helps children and adults with learning disabilities.


We must help our youth source jobs

By Zaki Cooper, July 25, 2013

When Lord Sacks rose from the red benches of the Upper Chamber to initiate a debate on “Business and Society” last month, he honed in on the problem of youth unemployment. He asked whether we were “condemning a significant proportion of young people to a future in which they will never find work”.


We're raising dough for WJR

July 22, 2013

In support of World Jewish Relief’s welfare programmes in Eastern Europe, more than 1,000 people have attended Big Bagel gatherings nationwide.

The bagel-themed socials — held in a variety of settings — also served as information events about the work of the charity in the former Soviet Union. Over £20,000 has been raised from some 20 socials.


Leeds welfare boss to quit

By John Fisher, July 22, 2013

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board chief executive Rebecca Weinberg has announced that she will be stepping down in a year’s time, giving the trustees time to recruit her successor.


Northern welfare charities in 'discreet' merger talks

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2013

Manchester’s two major Jewish welfare charities have said they will have to consider merger, offer services to greater numbers of non-Jews and attract more communal support for their welfare operations to remain viable.


Smart starter

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

JNF UK and KKL have launched an online giving service.

SmartGiving allows users to create personal accounts into which they can deposit money and distribute funds to any registered charity. They can also create fundraising pages for specific events. Commission is charged to cover administrative costs and any “surplus fees” go to JNF.


MP intends to be a big wheel for Leeds charity

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Leeds Labour MP Fabian Hamilton is back in the saddle in support of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

The pedalling politician will take part in the Prudential Ride in London next month, which takes in some of the city’s iconic sights.

It represents a more leisurely challenge than past charity rides — he last year cycled from Leeds to Berlin and previously rode from Leeds to Amsterdam.


Cutting edge funding

By John Fisher, July 8, 2013

In a shattering experience, Leeds community members raised £6,000-plus for the forthcoming local Jewish youth campus by walking on broken glass.

The pain was evident on the faces of the 26 volunteers who trod gingerly over 2,000 broken wine bottles on Sunday in the Brodetsky School grounds. But they survived with barely a scratch.