Charity

New group to fight global poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A new organisation to promote Jewish volunteering abroad and international development has been launched with the backing of the Pears Foundation.

Olam will strengthen the work of some 40 Jewish agencies in Israel and diaspora that are currently involved in the fight against disease, poverty and hunger across the world.

Its Israel-based director, Dyonna Ginsburg, who was the Jewish Agency's

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Covering Israel is a tough job, says BBC director-general Lord Hall

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

Director-General of the BBC Lord Hall says the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage of Israel, but that reporting on the country’s conflict with the Palestinians was “tough”.

Speaking to a 200-strong audience at ORT UK’s business breakfast on Tuesday, the corporation head said: “It is hard… tough. We do aim to give as impartial coverage as we can across the period.”

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Charities meet the calls for cash and emotional support

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Welfare charities are experiencing an upsurge in demand before Pesach as observant clients seek help with meeting the high cost of festival food and drink. But charity chiefs are also reporting increasing calls for emotional support.

Mark Cunningham, chief operating officer of Manchester's main welfare charity, The Fed, describes the festival as "a bit of an emotional watershed.

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Our next game? We're away to Manchester City

March 19, 2015

Langdon footballers will soon be taking on the likes of Manchester City - or at least the Premier League champions' learning disability team.

The charity, helping young adults with learning difficulties to live independently, has set up a seven-a-side team with the support of Maccabi GB.

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It's food for thought on poverty

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

Israel has one of the world's strongest economies, yet 20 per cent of its citizens live below the poverty line, more than 250 guests were told at a Mayfair dinner which raised £200,000-plus for a food aid charity.

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Camp Simcha to aid more sick children

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

Plans to expand the work of children's charity Camp Simcha were revealed at its 20th anniversary dinner on Sunday, which raised a record £1.7 million.

Addressing the 1,100 guests at Grosvenor House in London's West End, Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, said that in addition to working with children with life-threatening illness and their families, the charity would also now

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

"We're a

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Sent packing for children

March 12, 2015

A charity set up in memory of a Tzedek volunteer which provides arrival packs to vulnerable children who come to the UK has reached a milestone.

Tory MP Mike Freer joined groups from around London for the Separated Child Foundation's "purple packathon", at which its 5,000th arrival pack was handed out.

The charity's inspiration was Londoner Ester Gluck, who died in 2006, aged 24.

She had

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Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.

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Eton tutor sets sail for Shaare Zedek

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

Keeping Shabbat will be a challenge for Eton's Jewish-studies tutor when he attempts to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Paull will voyage from west Africa to the West Indies, to raise money for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

He said: "Our preparations have been on how to make the boat Shabbat-friendly and how we're going to kosher the fish we will catch for dinner."

As

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