Eton tutor sets sail for Shaare Zedek

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

Keeping Shabbat will be a challenge for Eton's Jewish-studies tutor when he attempts to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Paull will voyage from west Africa to the West Indies, to raise money for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

He said: "Our preparations have been on how to make the boat Shabbat-friendly and how we're going to kosher the fish we will catch for dinner."



Maude hails Camp Simcha

March 5, 2015

Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General Francis Maude visited the north-west London offices of Camp Simcha on Monday to learn more about its support for families with seriously ill children.

He met Camp Simcha co-founder Rachely Plancey, chairman Julian Taylor and chief executive Neville Goldschneider.


Charities wait to count cost of cuts

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Manchester charities face a nervous few weeks as they wait to see how swingeing council cuts impact on their services.

Salford City Council last week approved a cost-slashing budget, having already cut £118 million since 2010.


Mother reveals her debt to child disability charity

March 5, 2015

Shulamit Elimelech relived "every parent's worst nightmare" during an impassioned appeal to Monday's dinner of British Friends of Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.


Shul shelter finds right recipe to help homeless

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

It was 7.30 on a Saturday night and Lorelai Burcea was stirring herbs into a large saucepan of mushroom sauce gently heating in the kitchen of the West London Synagogue.

The guests had already arrived and were chatting or reading the papers over coffee.


Israeli centres provide quality of life for severely disabled children

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.


Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood president

By Barry Toberman, February 24, 2015

Richard Desmond is to stand down as president of Norwood at the end of March after more than eight years in the role.

The children and families charity has grown significantly during Mr Desmond’s tenure and now supports 7,000 people.

He has also been instrumental in Norwood fundraising and engaging celebrities and politicians in its work.


How chutzpah landed a superstar for charity

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

From the moment Hannah Shabathai became president of the charity "Save a Child's Heart", in Switzerland, the seed of an idea grew in her mind: a way to combine her two passions, SACH and music; a concert with world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. The retired United Nations worker is a lifelong fan of the musician, having studied piano herself for 15 years at the Geneva Music Academy.


Young chefs preparing to be charitable

February 19, 2015

Families have been cooking up a storm during half-term as part of a United Synagogue campaign to support the less fortunate.

Soup, pasta and desserts were prepared at culinary sessions involving mums and children at the Mill Hill, Stanmore and Muswell Hill synagogues for local homeless shelters and vulnerable members of participants' communities.


Duncan Smith praises 'special' work of Kisharon

February 16, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith hailed Kisharon’s “truly remarkable” work when he toured its new further educational facility in Stamford Hill on Monday.

Based at the Brenner Community Centre and run in partnership with Hackney Community College, the facility enables adults with complex learning needs to gain life skills helping them towards greater independence.