Getting their skates on in Leeds for Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, June 21, 2012

Clad in Lycra, sequins and spangles, the Leeds community’s skating stars took to the ice to help raise £55,000 for the Donisthorpe care home.

The dancers — who had just six months to become proficient — were part of the entertainment at the Skating on Ice gala dinner at the Leeds United Conference Centre, attended by 900 people.


Luxembourg envoy welcomes Langdon cyclists

June 21, 2012

British Ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole welcomed the four Langdon residents completing a four-day 275-mile sponsored bike ride from London. The quartet — James Manton, Guy Ben-David, Benjamin Kraus and Daniel Welck — enjoyed a celebratory picnic at the embassy.


Young cyclists take a £60k ride for Norwood

June 14, 2012

Norwood’s combined junior bike ride, toddlerthon and fun day brought hundreds of families to the Haberdashers’ School in Elstree on Sunday.

Around 475 cyclists completed a five- or 10-mile off-road adventure, while the under-fours enjoyed the toddlerthon.

Bike rider Joshua Lipshaw was celebrating his seventh birthday and donated his birthday money to the charity.


Prince Charles takes tea with WJR supporters

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

LEADERS and key funders of World Jewish Relief enjoyed an intimate kosher afternoon tea with the Prince of Wales at Clarence House on Wednesday to celebrate the Prince’s role in its Ukrainian livelihood development programme.


UK appeal for Israeli Emunah home damaged by fire

June 14, 2012

British Emunah has launched an emergency appeal for Emunah’s Sarah Herzog Children’s Centre in Afula, following a fire last Friday evening. Although no one was hurt, the building sustained considerable damage.


Queen's Award for Solihull and Glasgow charity

June 14, 2012

The Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club and Jewish Care Scotland’s Social Care Agency have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for volunteer groups.

Run by Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink, the Thursday Club was recognised for providing support and a social hub for the local elderly.


Ukraine cleans up its act for Euro 2012 but not for its poor

By Ekaterina Mitiaev, June 14, 2012

Fifteen year old Ukrainian twins Sergei and Dmitry Goraschenko have always dreamed of being professional footballers. They spend every spare minute playing impromptu games with their friends, so the arrival of some of the world's best players on their doorstep should be cause for celebration.


Charities relieved as Osborne drops plan for tax relief cap

By Jessica Elgot and Jonathan Kalmus, June 7, 2012

Communal organisations are breathing a sigh of relief following the government’s U-turn on a controversial plan to cut tax relief on charity donations.
Many Jewish charities had spoken out against the proposal to limit tax relief on donations at £50,000, or 25 per cent of income.


Chancellor's charity U-turn welcomed

By Sarai Sinai, May 31, 2012

The decision by Chancellor George Osborne to drop his controversial plans to cut tax relief for big charity donors has been welcomed by many Jewish charities which had lobbied against the decision.


New bereavement group for young adults

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A recruitment consultant whose father died suddenly from cancer last year has put money into a counselling group helping young Jews to deal with the loss of a parent.

Assisting those aged 18-to-30, Aftershock recently held its first gathering and will meet monthly at Jewish Care’s Martin B Cohen Centre in Edgware.