Northern welfare charities in 'discreet' merger talks

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2013

Manchester’s two major Jewish welfare charities have said they will have to consider merger, offer services to greater numbers of non-Jews and attract more communal support for their welfare operations to remain viable.


Smart starter

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

JNF UK and KKL have launched an online giving service.

SmartGiving allows users to create personal accounts into which they can deposit money and distribute funds to any registered charity. They can also create fundraising pages for specific events. Commission is charged to cover administrative costs and any “surplus fees” go to JNF.


MP intends to be a big wheel for Leeds charity

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Leeds Labour MP Fabian Hamilton is back in the saddle in support of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

The pedalling politician will take part in the Prudential Ride in London next month, which takes in some of the city’s iconic sights.

It represents a more leisurely challenge than past charity rides — he last year cycled from Leeds to Berlin and previously rode from Leeds to Amsterdam.


Cutting edge funding

By John Fisher, July 8, 2013

In a shattering experience, Leeds community members raised £6,000-plus for the forthcoming local Jewish youth campus by walking on broken glass.

The pain was evident on the faces of the 26 volunteers who trod gingerly over 2,000 broken wine bottles on Sunday in the Brodetsky School grounds. But they survived with barely a scratch.


Charity? It's a piece of cake

July 8, 2013

Tempted by the promise of cake, 3,000 people got involved in Jewish Care’s first Great Jewish Bake Day, a nationwide money and awareness raising exercise.

Supporters produced an impressive array of cake, which was enjoyed at gatherings in private homes, bakeries, schools and other communal venues, among them Jewish Care centres.


Mum's the word for Chai on Kilimanjaro

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

Twenty-three north-west London women have raised over £320,000 for Chai Cancer Care from an eight-day Kilimanjaro climb.

Alexandra Maurice, whose 44-year-old sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, had the idea for the fundraiser, whose participants were aged from 37 to 53.


Kisharon reaches for stars

July 8, 2013

There was no shortage of celebrity content at the gala dinner of special-needs educational charity Kisharon as impressionist Jon Culshaw entertained the 750 turnout with impersonations of Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Tony Blair and Arsene Wenger, to name but four. Another special guest was Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who regaled guests with tales of Antarctic exploration.


Mitzvah Day has a lot on its plate

By Sandy Rashty, July 8, 2013

High-end Mayfair tableware store Thomas Goode was the unlikely venue for a Mitzvah Day fundraiser on Tuesday evening.


Star-studded start for JW3

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2013

Prominent figures from culture and the media, including actress Zoë Wanamaker and former Times editor James Harding, will be welcomed to London’s new Jewish community centre when it opens later this year.

After a decade of anticipation, planning and construction, JW3 will formally open in north-west London’s Finchley Road on September 29.


Emunah chair playing the generation game

July 1, 2013

Hilary Pearlman wants to encourage the next generation of Emunah women, having assumed the charity’s chairmanship at its annual meeting.