Charity

Holiday camp closes its doors after a century

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A summer camp which had provided free holidays for underprivileged children for 100 years has had to close its doors due to a poor take-up of places.

The Jewish Children's Holiday Fund ran annual two-week holidays for eight to 11-year-olds, but this year, it had to cancel after fewer than 20 children signed up for the summer.

Charity chairman Ian Donoff said: "It wasn't worth it to run our o

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Therapy plan gives paws for thought

March 10, 2016

Camp Simcha has gone to the dogs to help seriously ill children.

Engagement with animals has been shown to significantly reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue to those with health problems. As part of the charity's Paws For Fun service, three dogs and their owners have been trained for visits to families, initially in the London area, who could benefit from animal assisted therapy.

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Yvette Cooper lauds Israeli aid for migrants

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

Yvette Cooper, the chair of Labour's refugee taskforce, has praised the Jewish community for leading the way in responding to the migrant crisis.

Ms Cooper said that "the desire to provide sanctuary" was particularly strong amongst British Jews, attributing it to "your experience as refugees and the plight of your own persecution".

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Spurs fan to wear Arsenal shirt to North London derby - for charity

By Naomi Firsht, March 4, 2016

A Tottenham Hostspur fan has agreed to what some would describe as the ultimate betrayal - wearing an Arsenal shirt - but it’s all in the name of a good cause.

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IPO plays the palace at 80

March 3, 2016

A Kensington Palace dinner and concert featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman launched the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 80th anniversary celebrations and raised well over £300,000.

Hosted by the British Friends, the Ottolenghi-catered event attracted IPO supporters from Europe, America and Israel.

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Boxing very clever

March 3, 2016

David Baddiel added some comic punch to a boxing dinner in central London which raised £160,000 that Norwood and the Paskin Children's Trust will share.

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Seed funding dinners

March 3, 2016

Seed dinners in London and Manchester this week attracted more than 1,000 guests and raised £500,000 for the educational charity's efforts to nurture Judaism in modern family life.

Reviewing the past year, national director Rabbi Joey Grunfeld highlighted a successful pilot scheme to place parent educators in Jewish primary schools.

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British group helps change future for youngsters from the deprived northern region of the Galil

By Josh Jackman, March 2, 2016

David breaks down in tears as he speaks about how much his 12-year-old daughter Eden has changed.

"She's like a flower," he says, "she's grown and blossomed."

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ORT UK announces new chief executive

By JC Reporter, February 26, 2016

ORT UK, the British arm of the world’s largest Jewish education charity ORT, has appointed Adam Overlander-Kaye as its new chief executive

He will take up the post in April, succeeding Dan Green, who was promoted recently to the role of chief operating officer of World ORT.

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Wizo award winners discover a striking panorama of activity

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

John Ware is scribbling notes on his Wizo pad. The award-winning investigative journalist is in Israel with the four other winners of Wizo UK's annual Commitment Awards to visit the charity's flagship projects and other innovative schemes.

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