Young donors are a concern, says Israel charity chief

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

British Jews do not have to choose between donating money to Israel and other causes, according to the head of the UK's largest pro-Israel charity.

Michael Wegier, UJIA chief executive, said the community had a responsibility to give to Israel causes as well as international charities and domestic groups.


Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.


Hip hip purée - lookalike meals go to NHS patients

By Barry Toberman, May 12, 2016

Hospital food can appear unappetising at its best.


Charity founders hopeful of cure for son's disease

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld's world collapsed when their five-year-old son Gavriel was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that kills sufferers before their 30s.

But through their despair, the Hendon couple were determined to help find a cure for the condition, which is currently fatal in all cases and affects 300,000 people worldwide.


Thousands come together for Liora

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

Thousands of people around the world have responded to a Hendon family's plea to pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support.

At the time of writing, Liora Rosenberg, a former Hasmonean and JFS pupil, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering "a bleed to the brain" and pneumonia.

She was taken ill and admitted to hospital before Pesach.


When sympathy isn't enough

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2016

When Dani Lawrence first visited the refugee camp at Calais, she met a 15-year-old boy, not much older than her eldest child. "When I asked him what I could bring to help, he cried," she recalled. "He asked me to bring him his mother."

The sight of the huddled masses seeking refuge in Europe has moved many people to make a donation.


Campaign targets £7m to meet educational shortfall

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

A charity campaign has been launched to cover the estimated annual£7 million cost of supporting Jewish studies in schools in north-west London.

Chomesh L'Chinuch, instigated by members of Golders Green Beth Hamedrash, is urging people to earmark 20 per cent of their charity donations for Jewish education.

The initiative - meaning "a fifth for education" - distributed its first grants amou


Benji gets 'lost' for the fundraiser of lifetime

April 21, 2016

It was "the hardest thing" 12-year-old Benji Albert has ever done. But his two-week trek to the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru raised well over £4,000 for a UK cancer charity.

Benji's grandfather died from a rare form of blood cancer and he has since taken on a number of fundraising challenges.


Idea above their stations

April 21, 2016

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson and son Max did not let the train take the strain as they walked both branches of the Northern line to raise at least £3,000 split between Norwood and the Israeli Guide Dog Centre for the Blind.

They covered 29 miles over two days, finishing up at High Barnet on Monday.

"We slept like logs after 17 miles on day one," Mr Johnson said.


Leukaemia girl's mum honoured for work of memorial charity

April 7, 2016

A woman whose daughter died from leukaemia at the age of 23 has received a British Citizen Award in recognition of her efforts to improve hospital conditions for leukaemia patients.

Cambridge-based Sylvia Morris, 69, established the Karen Morris Memorial Trust in 1999 after Karen lost her battle with chronic myeloid leukaemia.