Dame urges Israelis to donate

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Britain's first Ambassador for Philanthropy, made her first visit to Israel this week, to address a conference of non-profit-making organisations in Jerusalem.

The 78-year-old millionairess, a kinderstransport refugee who made her fortune from her computing company, Xansa, said that her trip convinced her that Israel is a "wonderful country.


Budget scare for charities over tax relief cap

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council has raised concerns about the impact on Jewish fundraising of the government's planned cap in tax relief claimed by charitable donors.

In Wednesday's Budget Chancellor George Osborne unveiled changes to the system that allows higher-rate taxpayers who donate to charity to reclaim some of the tax they would have paid, with some of it going to


British contribution to Ashkelon to be celebrated

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The British Jewish community’s contribution to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon is to be recognised at an event next month.

On April 10 40 years of collaboration, including some £50 million of British investment in Ashkelon facilities and community centres, as well as the work of 10,000 volunteers, will be marked.


Pick of the pops raises roof

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

A rock star in London's Camden Town on Sunday night had grown women shrieking with joy, with emotional sing-alongs and fans hanging on to his every word.


Langdon launching Herts housing project

March 8, 2012

Meeting demand for facilities in Herts to help young Jewish adults with moderate learning difficulties, Langdon is poised to open a supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity will look to raise £1.5 million over the next three years towards the project, catering for 40 clients.

Borehamwood was chosen as a major Jewish community, with good shopping and transport links.

It is a


Care residents join lobby of Parliament

March 8, 2012

Jewish Care residents and staff joined more than 1,000 people at Tuesday's Crisis in Care lobby at the Houses of Parliament, voicing their concerns over the care of the elderly.

The Jewish Care group included 82-year-old Sadie Simmons, a resident at Rubens House, Finchley. She said the charity "provides me with great support.


Conti enjoys brush with Chai

March 1, 2012

Actor Tom Conti had a starring role in the unveiling of a group painting from the art workshop at Chai Cancer Care's Hendon headquarters.

Under the supervision of Linda Sharpe, the workshop has involved cancer patients and relatives ranging in age from six to 87.

It is an environment where clients can share their feelings.

The theme of the work is an enchanted garden and group members pai


Kaiser sings choirs' praises

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2012

Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson turned celebrity music judge on Sunday in a contest which raised almost £20,000 for communal charities.

Based on the format of ITV's The Choir That Rocks, Leeds Choirs Rock was a "sing-out" involving 220 members of Jewish and other choirs.


Nobody knows their time

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

Mark Emmins wrote this song to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The song is on sale on iTunes from March 4.


Riot clean-up hero declines to cash in

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

A Manchester resident who organised a clean-up operation in the city after the August riots via Twitter and Facebook has given his £750 award from Manchester City Council to charity.

Appalled by damage caused by rioters, Jeremy Myers, grandson of the late Manchester Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the clean-up idea. Hundreds of people responded.