Leeds Welfare Board sinks further into the red

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is facing a six-figure deficit as a result of cuts in statutory funding and massively reduced legacy income.

Reporting on “a tough year” to the LJWB annual meeting, treasurer Martin Lee forecast an increased deficit of over £100,000 for the next accounts. The charity was £59,000 in the red for the year in review.


MacKenzie is sunny on Israel, if not on Leveson

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie attacked the Leveson inquiry but spoke warmly of Israel at an Emunah dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday which raised £220,000.


MacKenzie: anti-Israel coverage is ‘a form of proxy for antisemitism’

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has suggested that hostile media coverage of Israel is “a form of proxy for antisemitism by journalists in the West.”

Speaking to the JC at the annual dinner for the charity, Emunah, he said that he was “puzzled” by the anti-Israel stance generally adopted in the British media.


Bosnians say thanks on rescue anniversary

By Sandy Rashty, December 3, 2012

Former members of the Bosnian Jewish community brought to Britain from the war-ravaged country 20 years ago marked the anniversary with an emotional reunion at Jewish Care’s Wohl campus in Golders Green.

Along with World Jewish Relief and the American Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Care was instrumental in assisting the Bosnians to escape and helped them adjust to life in the UK.


Virus outbreak at Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, November 29, 2012

The highly contagious norovirus has affected a number of residents at Donisthorpe Hall and caused the Leeds home to postpone a major fundraiser.

Some 180 guests were expected at a brunch this Sunday, including civic dignitaries.


Synagogue fundraising drive for homelessness charity

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

New West End and St John's Wood synagogues organised a fundraising drive to collect food and put together hygiene kits for homelessness charity Streetlytes.


Great-gran drops in for charity

By Corinne Rein, November 26, 2012

With her 88th birthday coming up, Poole great-grandma Helen Woolf felt it was time to show her appreciation to the About Face charity for helping her cope with skin cancer for 13 years.

Setting her sights way above the standard’s octogenarian’s fundraiser, she opted to skydive from a height of 10,000 feet at the Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury.


Amnesty takes disciplinary action over official's "Jewish MPs" tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Amnesty International has started disciplinary action after a senior official sent an offensive tweet about three Jewish MPs.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza.

He wrote: “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar…each orders a round of B52s … #Gaza”


Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.


Brandeth helps MDA to £1.2m tonic

November 16, 2012

Broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth helped the UK support group of medical charity Magen David Adom to raise a healthy £1.2 million from a dinner at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.

Mr Brandreth praised MDA’s volunteering spirit as a model for the Big Society.