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


Soup kitchen charity 'also funding Kollel'

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2012

An audit of the operations of troubled Israeli charity Hazon Yeshaya has revealed that its original objectives were to "establish Jewish institutions", despite the fact that its donors believed their money was being used solely for soup kitchens and to help the poor.

Hazon Yeshaya, whose audit was commissioned by a "supporter", said this week that it had been "cleared of fraud" by Israeli accou


Dancing with the stars for David

January 6, 2012

The mother of a terminally ill Manchester one-year-old is expecting celebrity support for a charity dance event on Sunday aimed at raising £20,000 for drug trials.


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.