Charity chiefs demand action on elderly care

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

The heads of two major communal welfare charities have urged the government to take tangible action on the mounting problems relating to the care of the elderly and disabled.

Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr and her Jewish Care counterpart Simon Morris were among signatories of a letter published in the Daily Telegraph about the need for "political leadership" in the wake of the recommendati


How the young choose party affiliation

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Almost every Saturday night, Jewish twentysomethings have their pick of a party - and all in the cause of helping others. Once the preserve of club promoters, the "Jew do" has become the domain of the young charity committee.


Funds cut after hate article

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

UNESCO has cut funding to a Palestinian children's magazine that featured an article glorifying Adolf Hitler.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre had sent a letter of complaint to the UN's cultural arm about its sponsorship of the "antisemitic" Zayzafuna.

In February, it included a piece praising jihad.


Leeds welfare charity hit by council cash cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2011

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is fearing it will have to cut services after further funding cuts have been announced by Leeds City Council.

The charity, which runs elderly, mental health and disabilities care services, has already cut pay and hours for its 179 staff with one redundancy, following a 13.4 per cent cut in local authority funding for this financial year.


Soup kitchen charity in fraud scandal

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

A British charity is on the verge of collapse this week, after further investigations into alleged misconduct by the Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya, came to light.


Blossom actress joins Maccabeats for charity campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Maccabeats and TV star Mayim Bialik have teamed up to help raise money for a bone marrow charity.

They are hoping to raise $80,000 - $10,000 for every night of Chanucah – to support the work of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, which works to find donor matches for people who need transplants.


Young JBD birthday celebration

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Young professionals gave a boost to the charity Jewish Blind and Disabled this weekend at a party in London.

The event, arranged to mark the third birthday of the Young JBD committee, saw £3,000 raised to support the building of mobility apartments.



Barmitzvah boy aiming to make a pretty penny

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

An Edgware barmitzvah boy intends to prove that every penny counts in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity.

Pinchos Bentzion Sudak aims to collect one million pennies towards the development of a larger centre for Edgware Lubavitch.

He began by distributing handmade penny tubs to guests at his barmitzvah and has enlisted friends to help collecting the coins.

He further plans to have penny


Charity suspends soup kitchen funds

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

Hazon Yeshaya UK, which supports soup kitchens for Israel's poor, has suspended fund-raising pending an investigation into the use of its donations.

Supporters were told at the end of last week that the charity had commissioned financial services firm Deloitte to check that its funds were being "properly applied" in Israel.

In a statement, the charity's trustees said: "Until we are all reass


Ambassador tours Israeli town with British accent

By Jessica Elgot, November 29, 2011

The small Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, boasts about its English tea and homemade scones.

Beit Shemesh is the Israeli city with a British accent. The city, which has seen ongoing conflict between its strictly Orthodox and secular residents, has around 100 British families and many synagogues have predominantly British membership.