Charity

Charity funding is becoming an uphill struggle

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Jewish charity leaders will be keeping a close eye on Chancellor George Osborne. Even before a growing political backlash forced the government to reconsider its controversial proposal to cut tax relief for big donors, the Jewish Leadership Council had sounded the alarm.

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Amnesty chief stands by its work on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

The director of Amnesty International UK has staunchly defended the charity's approach to Israel and the Palestinians amid claims that it repeatedly displays anti-Israel bias.

Kate Allen said she was "very proud" of Amnesty's work, which has drawn widespread criticism from groups supporting Israel.

She denied that reports produced by Amnesty, and events it had hosted about the conflict, had

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JAMI and Jewish Care to merge

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mentally Illness (Jami) is to merge with British Jewry's largest welfare organisation Jewish Care to create a single mental health service for the community in September.

The two organisations believe the tie-up will produce a better service across a wider area and cut overheads, but there is no intention to make redundancies.

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There are no words for it: a Scrabble champ passes out

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A Jewish Scrabble champion keeled over in the middle of an attempt to break a world record, and was hospitalised for dehydration.

Wearing his red velvet kippah and with a lunch box packed with matzah, Raymond Tate, 55, was well on his way to beat the world record for the highest score in one day last weekend, raising money for his Rotary Club's charity campaign.

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Hazon Yeshaya staff arrested in charity investigation

By Jennifer Lipman, April 10, 2012

The head of an Israeli soup kitchen has been arrested along with nine employees amid claims that the charity stole from its donors.

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The future's yours: Norwood brings in young generation

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

In a pioneering venture, Norwood is looking to a younger generation to help shape its future.

Plans for the Young Norwood Consultative Committee were outlined to 40 people aged from early 20s to mid 30s at an invitation-only, central-London reception attended by the charity's professional and lay leadership.

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Dealer with room on TV

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

Back on screen is Jeff Salmon as one of the dealers in Channel 4's Four Rooms who are asked to buy valuable objects by members of the public. One item featured this week was a dress worn by the late Amy Winehouse, which was offered by her father Mitch to raise funds for charity.

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Manchester leaders get royal date

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Manchester Jewish communal personalities were guests at a royal lunch during the Queen's visit to the city on her diamond jubilee tour.

In addition to Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, diners included Jeremy Myers, who has championed pride in the city since organising a major clean-up following last summer's riots.

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MDA treats community to first aid instruction

March 29, 2012

In Israel Magen David Adom is responsible for all first aid training. Now new MDA UK chair Henry Ejdelbaum wants the charity to assume responsibility for first aid instruction within the community.

"Charities are good at taking," he said. "Raising money is what we do best.

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Norwood artists get West End stage

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Nestled between a rare Andy Warhol print, glassworks by Dale Chihuly and sculptures by Lorenzo Quinn at London's Halcyon Gallery last Thursday were more than 40 paintings and pieces by some lesser known talents - residents of Norwood's Ravenswood Village and others supported by the charity.

Bright handprints and butterflies, an abstract self-portrait, a colourful image of rockets firing into t

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