Government accepts former Jewish Care trustee's report on charities

By Josh Jackman, October 4, 2015

The government has accepted in full a former Jewish Care trustee’s report which will bring in a new watchdog to stop charities taking advantage of vulnerable donors.

Baron Howard Leigh, the president of Westminster Synagogue and former Conservative Party treasurer who was made a Lord in 2013, co-authored the report in September, entitled ‘Regulating Fundraising For The Future’.


Norwood is in 'distress' to the tune of £2 million

October 1, 2015

The £275,000 proceeds from Norwood's tenth distressed investing dinner took the total raised since the event's inception beyond the £2 million mark.

"We started with a small event and each year it's grown," said dinner committee member Neville Kahn.


Well-trained pair cash in

September 24, 2015

Two north London teenagers have journeyed into Camp Simcha's good books after completing a sponsored ride through every London Underground station.

Starting at Chesham at 5.15am, Daniel Sassoon and Aaron Rudolph, both 19, completed their 270-station trip at Heathrow in just under 18 hours 18 minutes.


Tube walkers celebrate their very own Jubilee

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

Six young Londoners walked the length of the Jubilee Line in a joint fundraising endeavour with some counterparts in Belarus.

The Together Plan event saw the "Jewbilee Liners" take 12 hours to cover the 30 miles.


We care for all Jerusalem residents says Jerusalem Foundation president

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

For almost half a century, the Jerusalem Foundation (JF) has been quietly working behind the scenes of life in Israel's capital, but the charity's new president is keen to bring its work into the public eye.

Italian businesswoman Yohanna Arbib Perugia wants the charity's work on Israeli-Arab coexistence and other socially orientated projects to boost the international image of Jerusalem.


Jewish Blind and Disabled recognised for dementia awareness

September 21, 2015

Jewish Blind & Disabled has become the first housing provider in the UK to receive dementia awareness accreditation through the worldwide Purple Angel Campaign.

Staff completed an “understanding dementia knowledge paper” as part of the process and the charity’s chief executive, Hazel Kaye, said it would form “an integral part of our new house manager induction programme”.


Blair takes a charitable brief

September 17, 2015

Norwood's patron of children's services, Cherie Blair, helped to raise more than £25,000 for the cause by tackling some controversial topics at its young lawyers reception.

Sharing the stage with journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer at Investec's City offices, Mrs Blair warned of the impact of cuts to legal aid.


They've saved us £2 million - nineties star Muriel leads volunteering heroes

September 17, 2015

A woman in her 90s who has volunteered in Norwood's finance department for 23 years received a lifetime accolade at the charity's volunteer awards for those who have been inspirational ambassadors.

Presenting the award to Muriel Kauffer at the central London ceremony, judging panel chair Rachael Davis Stollar said: "Muriel is one of our most respected and admired volunteers.


Charity Commission quizzes War on Want over anti-Israel campaigns

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2015

The Charity Commission has said it is not formally investigating War on Want after a complaint about the charity’s anti-Israel campaigns.

But the JC understands that the anti-poverty group has been asked to provide information to the commission about its campaigns in Gaza and the Palestinian territories.


Fed VIP is royally impressed

September 10, 2015

The Duke of Gloucester visited Manchester welfare charity The Fed's Heathlands Village care complex to unveil a plaque commemorating its renovation.

Fed chief-executive Karen Phillips explained that, "as an architect with insight into building development, the duke was impressed by the refurbishment and modernisation of the building."

She added that his visit "provided so much pleasure to th