Charity

Clubhouse off to a flyer

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

Twenty daring volunteers leapt out of a plane to raise £24,000 for a charity helping disadvantaged Jewish teenage boys.

Ari Leaman of the Boys' Clubhouse in Hendon said participants in the Cambridgeshire skydive included staff, former service users and friends.

Proceeds will go towards providing an activity and training service for around 50 youngsters dealing with drug addiction, homelessn

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Norwood chief seeks to preserve services

By Barry Toberman, September 27, 2011

At a time of restricted finances, new Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr will bring to the role invaluable experience of getting the utmost out of a budget.

During her five years in the top job at Chai Cancer Care, the charity has expanded services and experienced almost a four-fold increase in clientele, yet spending has risen only by around 50 per cent.

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Children's memorial

September 27, 2011

The unveiling of a children's memorial at Glasgow's Sandymount cemetery on Sunday was the culmination of seven years of effort.

A simple Star of David mosaic, it commemorates 760 Jewish children who were buried at Sandymount in unmarked graves between 1905-1938.

Glasgow City Council representatives were among the 40 people at the ceremony, at which Rev Aharon Soudry officiated.

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Boris on song at housing launch

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the "energy and dynamism" of the Stamford Hill community at the opening of a £12 million housing project for strictly Orthodox residents on Monday.

Mr Johnson attended the launch of the Stoke Newington Avigdor Mews project by Agudas Israel Housing Association in 2008, and returned to officially open the 29 flats on completion.

"We have to make sure homes a

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£25m education site nets Liverpool goals

By Cathy Forman, September 27, 2011

Pupils and staff are enjoying life at the new £25 million King David campus in Liverpool, which has brought together the high school, primary school, kindergarten and community facilities.

"It is a once in a lifetime chance to strengthen the community," said Lauren Lesin-Davis, governors' chair of the primary.

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Appealing Nightingale

September 22, 2011

The Nightingale care home in south London has a £75,000 target for its Rosh Hashanah appeal to help bridge the "significant gap between providing exceptional care and funding received".

Nightingale recently opened a state-of-the-art dementia facility, the Wohl Wing, and is conducting a wide-ranging dementia care training programme.

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Long distance walker boosts Belarus 'twin'

September 22, 2011

Finchley Reform member Debra Brunner power-walked four marathons in London and Belarus to raise more than £3,000 for its twin Belarus community, Polotsk Etrog.

Ms Brunner began the challenge by completing three marathons in three days in the capital, joined on the final walk by fellow FRS congregants Julius Judah, Jake Brunner, Charlie Sassienie, Bett Demby and Holly Weiss.

A week later, Mr

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Donor gets update on £6m home

By Anna Sheinman, September 22, 2011

Philanthropist Leo Noé donned wellies and a hard hat on Wednesday to visit a £6 million respite home for Jewish children with special needs which is under construction in Stamford Hill.

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Gove tells UJIA: 'I am a proud Zionist'

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove told 700 UJIA supporters at the charity's annual dinner on Monday: "I'm proud to be a friend of Israel."

Mr Gove was the guest of honour at the London Hilton event, which raised £2.76 million for the charity's work in Israel and the UK.

He told an admiring audience that he had been a socialist in his teens and a journalist in his twenties, but one thing had

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Bright Wimbledon future

September 22, 2011

Supporters of the twice-weekly playgroups organised by Judith Ish-Horowicz at Wimbledon and District Synagogue raised more than £3,500 to redecorate the premises.

Facilities now include a "Jewish home play area" with a Succah den for hiding in, a comfortable area for breastfeeding and new furniture.

Artistic mothers Eleri Larkum and Diana Carolath painted a tree of life mural and stencilled

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