Campaign targets £7m to meet educational shortfall

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A charity campaign has been launched to cover the estimated annual£7 million cost of supporting Jewish studies in schools in north-west London.

Chomesh L'Chinuch, instigated by members of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, is urging people to earmark 20 per cent of their charity donations for Jewish education.

The initiative - meaning "a fifth for education" - distributed its first grants amou


Benji gets 'lost' for the fundraiser of lifetime

April 21, 2016

It was "the hardest thing" 12-year-old Benji Albert has ever done. But his two-week trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru raised well over £4,000 for a UK cancer charity.

Benji's grandfather died from a rare form of blood cancer and he has since taken on a number of fundraising challenges.


Idea above their stations

April 21, 2016

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson and son Max did not let the train take the strain as they walked both branches of the Northern line to raise at least £3,000 split between Norwood and the Israeli Guide Dog Centre for the Blind.

They covered 29 miles over two days, finishing up at High Barnet on Monday.

"We slept like logs after 17 miles on day one," Mr Johnson said.


Leukaemia girl's mum honoured for work of memorial charity

April 7, 2016

A woman whose daughter died from leukaemia at the age of 23 has received a British Citizen Award in recognition of her efforts to improve hospital conditions for leukaemia patients.

Cambridge-based Sylvia Morris, 69, established the Karen Morris Memorial Trust in 1999 after Karen lost her battle with chronic myeloid leukaemia.


Cash for terror: how PA duped British backers

By Ian Birrell, March 31, 2016

Ahmad Musa looks like a character in a gangster movie with his black leather jacket, slicked back hair and self-possessed stare. Perhaps this is unsurprising: he first went to jail aged 15 and has been behind bars for double murder.

As this stern man sits beside me, I ask him if he killed the two men as charged? He pauses, then replies softly: "Yes, I shot them dead."


Charities face a donor challenge

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2016

Sir Mick Davis, Jewish Leadership Council chairman, dug ever deeper into his pockets last year. The foundation he set up with his wife Barbara dished out £2.2 million, compared with £1.4m the previous year, supporting a variety of causes from Jewish youth to horticulutural studies.


Charity sees 50 per cent rise in domestic abuse victims

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent surge in the number of women using its services over the past four months.


188 Jewish charities raise more than £1 million each every year, research shows

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2016

Close to 200 British Jewish charities raise more than £1 million a year, according to a forthcoming report by the consultancy New Philanthropy Capital.

It puts the overall annual income for the 2,264 registered Jewish charities at £997,733, 722 (although this includesf transfers between charities). Their average income is £440,695 a year.


Charities, be more charitable

By Angela Epstein, March 17, 2016

There's a flattering hypothesis which prevails when, like me, you work as a journalist and sometime broadcaster.


Family's joy as fundraising target reached

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

A mother said she was "astonished and humbled" after the Jewish community funded a life-changing £40,000 operation for her son.

Four-year-old Asher Carroll from Brighton has cerebral palsy caused by a stroke he suffered before he was born, meaning he cannot stand or walk independently.