Charities run into dilemma on marathon involvement

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

Dozens of people will run the London Marathon for Jewish charities, despite the race being staged on the second day of Pesach.

Communal leaders complained when the April 24 date was announced, pointing out that the clash would cost welfare groups desperately needed income. But Jewish Care and Norwood say they are anticipating their normal number of entrants.


Lord's dinner answers prayers of special school

By chris, February 11, 2016

Leaders of Hackney special needs school and integrated nursery Side by Side were bowled over by the £230,000 proceeds from a men's dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood.

The evening included a tour of the ground, taking in the dressing rooms and the famous Long Room.


They're young, unpaid and on the frontline

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2016

It is less than 10 minutes since Yehudit called for an ambulance after her 87-year-old husband, Avi, complained of "chest pain" and "irregular pulsing". Now Yehudit paces anxiously around the living room of their Tel Aviv home as three Magen David Adom paramedics adjust more than a dozen wires affixed to the chest of Avi, who is slumped in his armchair.


Cancer student thanks charity with cash call

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

Spanish and linguistics student Nathalie Holt, 21, felt scared after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma two months ago - "you'd be stupid if you weren't.


League of Jewish Women launches campaign to feed the homeless

By Naomi Firsht, December 31, 2015

The League of Jewish Women has launched a New Year campaign to provide two extra meals a week for the homeless in 2016.

The League is aiming to provide 200 cans of soup, 100 cans of baked beans and 60 new pairs of socks every month to the Camden Spectrum Centre in north London which provides services to the homeless.


Charity Commission will look into case of Jewish businessman who owed millions

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2015

The Charity Commission has announced that it will look into the case of a Jewish businessman who is to pay back just £500,000 on a £600 million debt owed to more than 30 creditors – including Jewish charities.


Charities lose millions after businessman agrees debt deal

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2015

Jewish charities and individuals have lost millions of pounds as a result of a settlement on a debt owed by London Jewish businessman Moises Gertner.

The JC can reveal that Mr Gertner will settle a £600m debt owed to 31 creditors – by paying a £500,000 sum to be shared between them.


'Nothing prepares you for the loss of a child'

By Josh Jackman, December 10, 2015

It is every mother's nightmare. You give birth to a happy, healthy baby. Then, without warning, the child dies.

In April last year, Jennifer and Chris Reid lost their three-month-old son, Edward, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids), previously known as cot death.


Chai raises £1.2 million - and awareness

December 10, 2015

The development of the community's cancer support organisation Chai over the past 25 years was highlighted at a dinner at the Roundhouse in Camden which raised £1.2 million.

Chai has evolved from a telephone helpline to an 11-centre service across the UK helping more than 2,370 cancer patients, families and friends.

Examples of Chai's support were shown to the 800 guests in an emotional app


Global gifting at Chanucah

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2015

Global aid charity Tzedek is urging supporters to set aside some Chanucah gift-giving to help impoverished communities in Africa. Donations can purchase classroom resources, chicks, or even "poo flies", which enable Kenyan farmers to fertilise human excrement.

More than 100 of the £10-to-£20 gifts have already been bought.