Mitzvah Day signs up 100 for eighth day of good deeds

September 20, 2012

One-hundred organisations have already signed up to participate in the eighth Mitzvah Day of good deeds on November 18.

Synagogues, youth and student groups, schools, interfaith organisations and businesses will be taking part in the community’s biggest day of social action.


North Londoners raise £15k from charity cookbook

By Sandy Rashty, September 13, 2012

After enduring a “horrible” lunch six years ago, 17 north London women were inspired to start monthly home cookery meetings.

Now the friends have published a cookbook, raising £15,000 to be split between the Israel Cancer Association and Norwood’s Hope Centre, supporting young people with learning or development problems.


Ross helps to raise £70,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled

By Sandy Rashty, September 6, 2012

TV presenter Jonathan Ross joked that he felt awkward receiving a goodie bag from fundraisers at a lunch for Jewish Blind and Disabled on Wednesday: “I feel weird accepting gifts from charities.”

He told the 200-strong gathering at the Avenue Holiday Inn in Finchley that he “liked Jewish culture and I’m married to a Jewish women.


Sir Jimmy Savile clothing auctioned for charity

By John Fisher, September 6, 2012

A piece of iconic clothing worn by the late Sir Jimmy Savile and successfully bid for by Leeds fundraiser Stuart Levin at a recent auction will once again be put under the hammer.

Mr Levin will be going for gold at an auction at Make a Dream’s annual gala dinner to raise money for Yorkshire’s sick and terminally ill children. His wife Francine founded the charity in 1994.


Now let’s volunteer, and smile

By Barry Frankfurt, August 17, 2012

Ever since London was awarded the Olympics back in 2005, we have heard a great deal about the legacy the Games will leave behind. Under the mantra of "Inspire a Generation", the London Organising Committee set itself the goal of engaging the public not just for two weeks but for the rest of our lives.


Hair loss is a gain for hospice

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

A government worker is less hirsute after inspiring a campaign which has raised £14,000 for UK hospices.

Hair for Hospices began when Dr Jack Kay, whose wife died of cancer in December, mentioned to workmates at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that he was considering shaving off his beard of 38 years for sponsorship.


Manchester Jewish Housing Association unveils housing proposals

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2012

Elderly local people and families struggling with affordable housing are being invited to register interest in a new £2.3 million social housing project.

The Manchester Jewish Housing Association has revealed further details of its redevelopment of Mamlock House, the former home of Zionist organisations in north Manchester which MJHA bought last year.


Langdon girl goes for gold as an Olympic Games Maker

August 9, 2012

The opportunity to run with the Olympic spirit gave Langdon resident Hannah Levy the chance to “make the games happen”.

Ms Levy, who lives at a Langdon Supported Living property in Manchester, headed south after being chosen as one of the 70,000 volunteer “Games Makers” for the London 2012 Olympics.


It could be you as Jewish Blind and Disabled launches lottery

August 2, 2012

Young JBD believes its new lottery could be just the ticket for Jewish Blind and Disabled, helping those with disabilities to live independently in the London area.

In return for a £10 monthly donation, participants will be entered into a quarterly draw with three winners taking 10 per cent of the amount donated.


Norwood shops get an Arcadia makeover

By Barry Toberman, July 26, 2012

Norwood hopes to become a bigger player on the high street through the makeover of its eight charity shops by a team of experts from Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group.

The first refit was at one of the two stores in Golders Green Road, effecting what Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr described as “a remarkable transformation”.