You want a Zionist mission? Here’s one you should join

By Samuel Hayek, November 1, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, JNF released its annual report for 2012. The report showed that our overall income rose 76 per cent from £10 million in 2011 to £17.5 million in 2012.

It showed the money committed to projects in Israel increased by 96 per cent from £2.3 million to £4.5 million.


Coining it in: the charity box bandit

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2013

Staff at kosher shops barely batted an eyelid when a charity collector arrived to empty their tzedekah boxes.

The religious-looking man in black hat and beard visited shops and restaurants all over north-west London, nodding to onlookers as he politely helped himself to donations.


Deal clears way for £11m Manchester care home

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Complex negotiations between World Jewish Relief and Manchester’s Morris Fienmann care home have paved the way for an £11 million new elderly care development.

The land in Didsbury, south Manchester, was subject to historic covenants which promised a third of proceeds from a land sale to WJR and the Otto Schiff Housing Association, which helped fund the opening of the home in the 1950s.


Every little mistake helps

By Faga Speker, October 28, 2013

A Newcastle Hebrew Congregation member who was overpaid by more than £500 on a refund has donated the money to charity.

When Gwen Lamb returned a TV she had purchased after deciding it was too small, she expected a £139 refund. “However, when I checked my bank statement I realised I had been overpaid.


Chairs change at Jami

October 28, 2013

Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health service, has appointed Doug Krikler as its new chairman.

Mr Krikler, formerly chief executive of UJIA, replaces Lionel Curry — who becomes a life president of the charity.

The announcement follows a strategic partnership between Jami and Jewish Care, the community’s largest social services provider, in 2012.


Chief praises Ezer Mizion for his late daughter's cancer care

By Charlotte Oliver, October 28, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spoke at the Ezer Mizion gala dinner about the “remarkable examples of chesed” he experienced while visiting his late daughter in hospital.

Addressing a room of 250 at the Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square people Rabbi Mirvis said: “I’m standing here before you because our daughter Liora asked me to do whatever I can for the sake of Ezer Mizion.


MDA closes Manchester office

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Magen David Adom UK is to close its Manchester office and remove its regional director role.

The charity said the restructure would improve fundraising through the launch of young committees and help from volunteers in Leeds and Manchester, which are to be co-ordinated by a London team.


UN is sweet on honey-makers

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

An international aid charity founded by a British rabbi has won a £445,000 grant from a United Nations agency to improve honey production in the developing world.


IDF has the X Factor for Simon Cowell

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

Music mogul Simon Cowell has boosted the Israeli Army with a sizeable donation at a gala dinner in Los Angeles.

The X Factor chief gave a sum thought to be in the region of £150,000 at the annual fundraising event hosted by the American Friends of the IDF.


Dispute delays development

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Planning applications for a £2.3 million social housing scheme on the former site of Manchester Zionist HQ Mamlock House have been delayed by 18 months while “delicate discussions” continue between Manchester Jewish Housing Association and Manchester City Council.