Charity

Shul shelter finds right recipe to help homeless

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

It was 7.30 on a Saturday night and Lorelai Burcea was stirring herbs into a large saucepan of mushroom sauce gently heating in the kitchen of the West London Synagogue.

The guests had already arrived and were chatting or reading the papers over coffee.

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Richard Desmond to step down as Norwood president

By Barry Toberman, February 24, 2015

Richard Desmond is to stand down as president of Norwood at the end of March after more than eight years in the role.

The children and families charity has grown significantly during Mr Desmond’s tenure and now supports 7,000 people.

He has also been instrumental in Norwood fundraising and engaging celebrities and politicians in its work.

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How chutzpah landed a superstar for charity

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

From the moment Hannah Shabathai became president of the charity "Save a Child's Heart", in Switzerland, the seed of an idea grew in her mind: a way to combine her two passions, SACH and music; a concert with world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. The retired United Nations worker is a lifelong fan of the musician, having studied piano herself for 15 years at the Geneva Music Academy.

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Young chefs preparing to be charitable

February 19, 2015

Families have been cooking up a storm during half-term as part of a United Synagogue campaign to support the less fortunate.

Soup, pasta and desserts were prepared at culinary sessions involving mums and children at the Mill Hill, Stanmore and Muswell Hill synagogues for local homeless shelters and vulnerable members of participants' communities.

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Duncan Smith praises 'special' work of Kisharon

February 16, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith hailed Kisharon’s “truly remarkable” work when he toured its new further educational facility in Stamford Hill on Monday.

Based at the Brenner Community Centre and run in partnership with Hackney Community College, the facility enables adults with complex learning needs to gain life skills helping them towards greater independence.

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Princess Anne praises Nightingale war effort

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the bravery of three female wartime secret agents with a Nightingale House connection when she visited the Clapham care home on Wednesday.

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They could have danced all night

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

A seven-hour Israeli dance marathon has raised £6,500 for cancer charities.

Around 170 supporters of north London charity Dance for Life — founded in 2001 in memory of a dancer — took to the floor at a Wembley school in aid of Chai Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

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They're ready to face the music for Emunah

February 16, 2015

Sisters at JFS and an Israeli-born pianist are among the 20 finalists in the Emunah Young Musician and Singer of the Year contests, which will be held at London’s Royal Academy of Music on March 1.

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It's £90k at 90 for MDA volunteer

February 16, 2015

To mark the 90th birthday of Magen David Adom’s oldest volunteer, Norman Feingold, friends and family from the UK raised £90,000 for a mobile intensive care unit in his honour. The donation was celebrated at a Jerusalem ceremony attended by UK and Israeli supporters.

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Dinner with top IDF brass

February 16, 2015

The IDF’s first woman major-general, Orna Barbivai, discussed her role in the return of Gilad Shalit at the British Friends of Migdal Ohr dinner in central London on Monday.

It was “inspirational to see a whole nation come together to bring home one single soldier,” she told 270 supporters of the charity, set up to help “at risk” children.

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