Wizo raises nearly £2m

May 20, 2013

Wizo UK has raised £1.9 million for its welfare work for Israeli children and families over the past financial year. The news was revealed at its AGM and Rebecca Sieff Day event in London.


Mitzvah Day relocates

By Anna Sheinman, May 20, 2013

Mitzvah Day is moving to JW3, the new Jewish cultural centre in London’s Finchley Road.

It will transfer next month from JHub in West Hampstead to the JW3 building, which will open officially in September. Mitzvah Day head Laura Marks said the move “represents our next stage of growth”. The Union of Jewish Students also has its offices on the site.


Innovative Hasmonean girls win a trip to India from charity

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2013

Five teenage Hasmonean girls have won a trip to India this summer in recognition of their charitable endeavours.

Three-hundred teams of five 13-18-year-olds entered the Wings of Hope Achievement Awards, recognising innovative methods of fundraising towards free education in schools in India and Malawi.


Liverpool welfare in cash crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

Merseyside Jewish Community Care chief executive Lisa Dolan has warned of a funding crisis as the MJCC faces a £39,000 operational deficit, its largest in recent times.

Ms Dolan reported “concerns over the economy and the direct impact of local government decisions upon our community. Cuts to grant funding have hit MJCC very hard.”


Being a blind ironman is like being Iron Man - but tougher

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2013

There may be no superheroes in real life, but you still can become an Iron Man. It is a title you can earn by competing in an Ironman event, a triathlon involving a two-and-a-half mile swim, a 112-mile mountain bike ride and rounded off by a 26-mile marathon.


Leeds quartet reach for the skies

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2013

Skydiving students from Leeds JSoc helped raise more than £2,000 for the Emunah children’s home in Afula, northern Israel.

James Neidle, Michael Kosky, Ronen Feiner and Gila Scherer jumped from 15,000 feet over an airfield in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.


Out for a walk in Leeds - back in 24 hours

By John Fisher, May 13, 2013

Eighteen supporters of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall braved blisters and sleep deprivation to complete a 24-hour walk through the Yorkshire countryside, raising over £30,000.


Abuse charity rings changes in appeal method

By Sandy Rashty, May 13, 2013

The charity helping women and children in the community affected by domestic violence used a novel and poignant method of appealing to supporters at its annual fundraising lunch, held at Lord’s in St John’s Wood.


Fergie moved by plight of Odessa home children

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The Duchess of York, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Caprice were celebrity supporters of the inaugural dinner of the UK support group of Tikva Jewish children’s home in Odessa. Mitch and Jane Winehouse were also among almost 300 people at the Mayfair dinner, which raised £.1.1 million.


They're in a league of their own at 70

May 13, 2013

Thirty years ago, the late Lady Jakobovits described the League of Jewish Women as the community’s “jewel in the crown”. Times may have changed but past league president Miriam Kays told its 70th anniversary lunch that the importance of its voluntary work was undiminished.