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.


Langdon going for a song to help earn £10k

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Performers from West End musicals including Legally Blonde, Wicked and Les Miserables entertained a crowd of 400 in London to raise money for educational needs charity Langdon.

The Mash Up cabaret at the Leicester Square Theatre marked the end of Langdon's annual fundraising week.


Quiz team's family link

February 23, 2012

Quizmaster Brian Nathan has helped charities to raise well over £500,000.

But there was a close personal interest in the quiz he and his team - wife Barbara, plus Myra and Michael Litman - presented at the Village Hotel in Elstree.


Pupils get festively fruity

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 9, 2012

At least 10,000 pupils from 40 Jewish schools, nurseries and youth groups nationwide have contributed to the dispatch of 500 fruit baskets to needy families on Tu Bishvat.

Food collection charity Gift organised the drive, which has benefited organisations including the Jewish women's refuge in London and Jewish Blind and Disabled residents.

Gift director Michelle Barnett said: "We are overwh


Camp Simcha's chair lift

February 9, 2012

Long-time Camp Simcha supporter Julian Taylor is the new chair of the charity, supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Visiting the head office team, the former Kerem Primary governors' chair said it had been "inspiring learning about the extraordinary effect Camp Simcha's varied support services and activities can have on these families' lives.

"I have a pass


Overseas aid challenge attracts Reform specialist

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

International aid charity Tzedek's new chief executive Jude Williams brings to the job exerience in building up an organisation.

Ms Williams will be moving from Jeneration, the Reform Movement's young adult programme, which she has been instrumental in developing.

Originally working with people across the Jewish spectrum, Jeneration recently restructured as a specifically Reform programme wi


Kisharon centres could shut in service revamp

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Learning disability charity Kisharon could close day centres in Hackney and Golders Green to facilitate users' greater integration within the mainstream community.

Kisharon chief executive Bev Jacobson said the charity had been given around a year by Hackney Council to examine ways the services offered by the Stamford Hill day centres could be provided by alternative means.

Councils in north


Reflections on an extraordinary fundraising campaign

By Daniel Clyne, February 9, 2012

Over the past two months, I have had the privilege to be part of one of the most inspiring demonstrations of collective action and Jewish values that could be conceived of by any Jewish Society.


Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en


Lord Sacks leaves charity

January 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has resigned as honorary director of troubled Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya.

The British Friends of the charity closed last month, following other chapters around the world over allegations of financial mismanagement at the soup kitchen charity, and complaints it had misled supporters by funding religious training.

An independent audit appeared to clear the charity o