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Gap years in Israel...and Africa?

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

New Tzedek chief executive Jude Williams wants young Jews on gap years to gain a more rounded experience by visiting both Israel and a developing country.

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Southend's Raymond House closure put on hold

By Jessica Elgot, May 18, 2012

Supporters of the closure-threatened Jewish Care home in Southend have persuaded the charity to delay its plans in the hope of finding a buyer.

A working group of three representatives apiece of Jewish Care and the Southend community will explore the viability of keeping Raymond House open if sufficient investment can be generated.

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It's a twin-win situation for visiting Ghanaians

May 10, 2012

An educational twinning scheme run by international aid charity Tzedek brought three Ghanaian teachers to London to talk about their experiences and to lead lessons at Jewish schools.

Tzedek's Learning Together scheme has provided an interactive forum for pupils in the UK and Ghana to develop an understanding of the world and their role within it.

The programme lasts an academic year and les

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Charity founder aims to make audible difference

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A hearing aid charity founded by a Golders Green audiologist has started out by giving life-changing assistance to a Georgian refugee in London.

Nathan Gluck set up Shema Hearing Support last month to help those in financial difficulty.

Early beneficiaries include Sam, a father in his 40s who could no longer talk on the phone and Lada, whose poor hearing had hindered her job search.

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Care chiefs press Cameron over welfare reform delays

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Fundamental reforms to address a crisis in the care of the elderly have been delayed again, despite pleas from charity chiefs.

The Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson chief executives, Simon Morris and Leon Smith, were among the 78 signatories of a letter to David Cameron this week, calling on him to urgently address "the devastating impact of years of failure to reform".

The letter contin

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Charities losing out on Gift Aid

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Many communal charities are missing out on thousands of pounds a year because of a failure to claim Gift Aid on donations.

The lost income was revealed in a survey conducted by the Achisomoch Aid Company, which runs one of the largest charity voucher schemes within the Jewish community.

AAC trustee Michael Hackenbroch said: "It shows that not enough people are aware of the benefits of donati

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Southend seeking a buyer to save home

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Families of residents at the Southend home Jewish Care plans to close are pinning their hopes on finding a buyer.

Fifty relatives and community members attended a meeting last week with senior Jewish Care staff to discuss the future of Raymond House.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation vice-president Stephen Salt said afterwards that he was working with president Alan Gershlick to att

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Claire Lomas finishes marathon thanks to Israeli invention

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

A paralysed woman has crossed the finish line of the London marathon after walking for 16 days with the help of an Israeli invention.

Claire Lomas, a former semi-professional British horse-rider, was told she would never walk again after an accident in May 2007.

But five years on she has proved her doubters wrong and raised more than £83,000 for spinal research.

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Mitzvah Day volunteers set sandwich-making world record

By Sandy Rashty, May 4, 2012

A Guinness World Record was set by the Jewish community in New York last Sunday, after volunteers made 1,660 sandwiches in one hour as part of a Mitzvah Day challenge.

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A fundraiser in four million

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The stars came out for a Cancer Research UK lunch at Fortnum and Mason on Monday organised by an Edgware woman who has helped to raise £4 million over 50 years.

Barbara Freedman, 72 - a Cancer Research UK honorary fellow and ambassador - said she wanted "to do this last one" to mark the anniversary.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford were among the speakers at the lu

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