Charity

Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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I stand by my SodaStream decision, says defiant Scarlett Johansson

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has mounted a strong defence of her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream.

The actress resigned as an ambassador for Oxfam after the charity criticised her role advertising fizzy-drink products made in a West Bank factory.

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Israel charity worker mugged

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2014

A senior charity worker is being treated for a brain injury after he was attacked by a gang of thieves.

Dan Rickman, the head of fundraising at Magen David Adom UK, was knocked unconscious as he walked to his home in Hendon, north-west London in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Women who escaped misery offer help to Charedi misfits

By Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

Three years ago, Judy Kaye bought her first pair of jeans — an act she describes as “overwhelming”.

Aged 30, she had two children and had lived in three different countries, but was still bewildered by everyday experiences taken for granted by most but which seldom touched her life within a strictly observant, Charedi community.

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Council tribute to aristocrat who was Ireland’s first lady of giving

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A council in Ireland has honoured the figure regarded as “the most important Jewish woman in Irish history” by opening a bridge in her name.

Kilkenny City Borough Council was due to unveil the Lady Desart pedestrian bridge this week as a tribute to philanthropist Ellen Odette Bischoffsheim — known in Ireland as the Countess of Desart after her marriage to a local peer.

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Earl of Wessex out to launch at JLGB

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The Earl of Wessex helped JLGB to launch a volunteering initiative in Kensington on Tuesday at a gathering of 800 brigade members and supporters.

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Oxfam unhappy over Scarlett Johansson connection to Israeli firm

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

A British charity supported by Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson says it objects to her new role as a spokesperson for the Israeli firm SodaStream.

Oxfam says it is concerned because the SodaStream factory operates in the West Bank.

Ms Johansson has been an ambassador for the charity since 2007.

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Cambridge Students aim to reach Australia in charity hitchhike

By Rosa Doherty, January 24, 2014

Two Cambridge students have embarked on a 36 hour hitchhike in a effort to raise £1 million pounds for charity.

Stephanie Posner and Miriam Shaul are taking part in Jailbreak, an event organised by the RAG student group.

The challenge is to travel as far as they can without spending any of their own money in the hope people will sponsor them the further they get.

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WJR checks on typhoon aid

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

Two World Jewish Relief employees are on an “emotional” visit to the Philippines, delivering support packs to victims of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan.

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Charity ruling spells relief for strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A small Christian congregation has won a two-year battle to gain charitable status in a case which could have had a knock-on effect on strictly Orthodox Jewish groups.

The Charity Commission has finally agreed to register the Preston Down Trust in Devon, which belongs to the Plymouth Brethren sect, after rejecting its application in 2012.

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