A full fun trip for Afula kids

December 24, 2012

Israeli youngsters from a children’s home in Afula were given a warm welcome when they arrived at Luton Airport on a freezing cold night last week.


Tears at Chai as tragic story is told

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2012

Guests at Monday’s Chai Cancer Care dinner were in tears as kosher caterer Jason Millan praised the support Chai had given to his late wife Nikki, who died last week.


New string to the bow of Emunah

December 17, 2012

The search for the next Emunah Young Musician of the Year is being extended to the regions.


Manchester's £11m care village

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

Manchester’s Morris Feinmann Home is planning an £11 million state-of-the-art care village at its Didsbury site.

The architecture, staffing and household structure will apply leading edge approaches to supporting people with a wide range of care needs. Communal facilities will include a kosher deli bistro, hair salon and exercise studio.


Tea parties boost infertility charity

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2012

An international fundraising event led by a Jewish charity providing support for couples with infertility problems was supported by 1,150 people from London to Switzerland.

Tea-ember – a transatlantic tea party initiative hosted in December – raised £15,000 for Chana by encouraging people to hold events and make a charitable donation.

One-hundred tea parties were held.


Let’s spread the seasonal cheer

By Jo Hyams, December 14, 2012

'Tis the season, again. It might seem like only five minutes have gone by since last December, but here we are once more, with Slade on the radio crooning about how they wish it could be Christmas every day, snowy scenes in every advert (even though they were filmed in July) and Brent Cross packed with desperate present-buyers and shops full of sequined clothing.


Charity suspends donations until investigation concludes

By Simon Rocker and Noga Tarnopolsky, December 13, 2012

A British charity has suspended donations to a soup kitchen in Jerusalem after allegations that the manager of the kitchen had withdrawn money from its funds to buy a flat.

The UK Friends of Ichlu Re’im said that it “would not send further funds to support Ichlu Re’im until completion of all investigations”.


Hospice volunteer honoured

December 10, 2012

An Essex woman who has helped out at Romford’s Saint Francis Hospice for a quarter-of-a-century has won a Volunteer of the Year award.

Evelyn Dalton received the Help the Hospices and National Gardens Scheme accolade from Lord Howard at a Manchester conference.


Leeds Welfare Board sinks further into the red

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is facing a six-figure deficit as a result of cuts in statutory funding and massively reduced legacy income.

Reporting on “a tough year” to the LJWB annual meeting, treasurer Martin Lee forecast an increased deficit of over £100,000 for the next accounts. The charity was £59,000 in the red for the year in review.


MacKenzie is sunny on Israel, if not on Leveson

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie attacked the Leveson inquiry but spoke warmly of Israel at an Emunah dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday which raised £220,000.