Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused


Green army reaches 37,000 as it marches on

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May joined thousands of volunteers who took part in a record-breaking Mitzvah Day by donating her lunch to the homeless.

Sunday's ninth Mitzvah Day saw 37,000 people donate 150,000 hours of their time to participate in 1,200 social action projects across 20 countries.


Be-spoke service at JW3

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective, as Jem Stein proved with his bike scheme that collects unwanted bikes to be repaired and then donated to asylum seekers.

Mr Stein, 27, launched the project in March 2013 to help refugees in the UK gain access to vital services such as education, health-care and food charities.


Thousands turn out for Mitzvah Day

By Naomi Firsht, November 17, 2014

Record numbers of volunteers turned out for the Mitzvah Day charity event on Sunday.

Around 37,000 people across the country collected food, took on conservation tasks and participated in a range of social action projects


Activists scoop awards

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

The UK branch of the New Israel Fund enjoyed a record year in 2013, raising 29 per cent more than it did in 2012.


Cable praises Langdon

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has praised the work of learning disabilities charity Langdon.

Speaking at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the politician said: "The work Langdon does is extraordinarily important, especially in helping people into employment."

The event - which raised £60,000 - also saw the All Aboard charity store chain handed an employer of the year award in recognition


Toksvig is a page-turner for Nightingale diners

November 6, 2014

In a wide-ranging address to Nightingale Hammerson's literary lunch at Claridge's in central London, author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig spoke about her childhood in Copenhagen and her book, Hitler's Canary, based on the true story of how her relatives helped to save Danish Jews from the Nazis.

Discussing her new book, Peas & Queues, she explained some of the amusing reasons behind polite beha


Charity in appeal for blood donors

By Naomi Firsht, October 24, 2014

The Joely Bear Appeal will hold its 60th blood donor sesssion at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue this weekend.

The appeal was launched in January 1995 in memory of Joel Renak, a Jewish child who died aged four from a rare form of liver cancer.

His family have been campaigning ever since for more blood and stem cell donors.


Topol and Oberman lead a starry cast on primary school's charity disc

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Chaim Topol, Tracey-Ann Oberman and Nick Ferrari are among the personalities retelling Jewish folk tales and Bible stories on a charity CD to raise money for North West London Jewish Day School and Great Ormond Street Hospital.


It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.