Charity

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

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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

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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.

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Why every little tweet helps

By Barry Frankfurt, November 28, 2011

While writing this, I was asked for money by Stephen Fry. Not for himself but for one of his pet charities. I get that a lot from Stephen, or should I say "@stephenfry", the Twitter feed of one of world's most prolific users of social media. No sooner had he written 140 characters than his nearly 3.5million "followers" received the charity's web address and priceless celebrity endorsement.

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We need a modern-day tithe

By Harvey Bratt, November 21, 2011

Britain is unquestionably a charitable nation. Three quarters of us give to charity every year, yet only seven per cent of us leave a legacy to charity in our wills. Compare that to the US and the figure is three times higher.

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New Israeli-Palestinian grants from peace charity

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

A British charity will fund five projects for co-existence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including a bi-lingual version of West Side Story and filmmaking for Bedouin children.

The five groups, which operate in Gaza, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, have been awarded grants of undisclosed amounts (but running into thousands) by Children Of Peace, a non-partisan charity.

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Not being afraid to say 'Sorry, I can't hear'

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Star of Dynasty and Bad Girls actress Stephanie Beacham was struck by the "warmth and long-time frienships" she encountered when she visited the Jewish Deaf Association in Barnet.

Ms Beacham, who is deaf in one ear, said she had felt a strong connection with some of the older members of the centre who had known each other since school.

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Solar cuts spark anger from Berger

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

Synagogues, Jewish charities and youth movements could loses thousands in potential income as a scheme to fund solar panels on Jewish community buildings is jeopardised by a government turn-around.

Shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger and the Jewish Leadership council criticised the government for "undermining" Jewish social action projects.

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A tale of eight bicycles

By Jennifer Lipman, November 9, 2011

A look at youth movement Habonim's project to rescue old bikes to give to those in need.

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WJR's Operation Winter Survival

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

World Jewish Relief is running the Operation Winter Survival campaign to encourage the community to support vulnerable people in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union during the harsh winter months.

"There are many individuals who are facing a life threatening winter," said WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni.

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