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.


Camp Simcha retreat brings laughter to brain-surgery girl

July 9, 2015

A week after undergoing brain surgery, seven-year-old Isabella Scarry was happily running around the Camp Simcha family retreat, the scarf bought to cover the scar on her head forgotten in the excitement.

Isabella, from Ilford, suffers from severe epilepsy.


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.


Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed that there is a “deficit” in the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The award-winning investigative journalist, who worked on the BBC public affairs programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012, was speaking at the Wizo Commitment Awards event on Monday night.


Making a quick buck

July 2, 2015

British supporters of Israeli educational charity Shuvu played a key role in an international fundraising challenge against the clock, contributing $250,000 to a $1.7 million total.

Donations made during the 24-hour drive, organised by New York-based body, Charidy, were quadrupled with matching funding from major donors.


London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel expresses regret over Pesach date clash

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2015

The chief executive of the London Marathon has told UK Jewish communal leaders that he “regrets” that the event will coincide with the second night of Passover next year.

Complaints were filed after the dates were announced with many Jewish runner unable to participate - and fundraise for charities - as a result of religious commitments.


Charities probed over late accounts

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

The Charity Commission has opened new inquiries into two Orthodox Jewish charities as part of a wider crackdown on organisations that have failed to submit their accounts on time.

Both the Bfon Trust, based in Golders Green, and the Chevras Machzikei Mesifta (Chevras MM) in Hackney, north London, had previously been the subject of investigations by the charity watchdog.


Leading food industry figure Sir Harry Solomon honoured at British Israeli Business awards

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Sir Harry Solomon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night.

He told the 250-strong audience that he was "truly flattered and honoured to have been given the award".

The 78-year-old is best known for founding one of Europe’s largest food businesses in the 1976, Hillsdown Holdings.


We're here to fulfil children's dreams

By Sarah Rachel, June 4, 2015

Boaz Kramer has a strong handshake and, as I soon discover, a strong personality. As a CEO, that's perhaps a good thing, though the organisation he's in charge of is hardly your run-of-the-mill corporation.


They give as good as they get at King David

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

Pupils at King David High School have been on a recent winning streak.

Fresh from seeing their Manchester school - which is made up of three campuses, King David, Yavneh Yeshiva and Yavneh Girls - marked "outstanding" in all categories in its recent Ofsted inspection, they proved they could be just as successful in their charitable endeavours.