Charity

Israeli charity learning from UK

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Music and art therapy pioneered in British hospitals has been crucial in helping Israeli charity Reuth to help victims of terrorism and injured soldiers, its chair said in London this week.

Merav Mandelbaum visited to forge links with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability and to raise awareness of Reuth, one of Israel's largest social welfare charities, which has a staff of more than 800.

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Bratt jumps ship and leaves the JNF

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

JNF UK's most successful fundraiser has decided to quit the organisation after 15 years and instead work for the UJIA.

Harvey Bratt, 53, the head of JNF's legacy department, said that he was "looking for a new challenge at this stage in my career.

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Blonde ambition: Gwyneth Paltrow rocks the CST

July 14, 2011

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she is raising her children as Jewish.

Ms Paltrow, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, appeared at the Young CST's summer cocktail party in the Jalouse nightclub in central London last week, where she spoke to an audience of 100.

She was interviewed by presenter Vanessa Feltz about rediscovering her Jewish background on the Who

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£2m is sought for historic shul repairs

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 8, 2011

Jewish Heritage UK director Dr Sharman Kadish has launched a campaign to attract £2 million to restore crumbling historic synagogues and preserve them as national heritage sites.

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Doing it for dad - student sets up donor drive

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

A campaign has been launched to find a donor for a life-saving stem cell transplant for a Manchester father-of-three with a rare form of lymphoma.

Businessman Alan Tomlinson, 55, from Cheadle was diagnosed two years ago.

The Yeshurun Synagogue member has undergone chemotherapy and a transplant using his own cells but his only long-term hope is a donor transplant.

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Wimbledon water feature

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

South London's sole mikveh has reopened after a four-month refurbishment.

The £27,000 refit of the Wimbledon mikveh incorporates a new bathroom suite and tiles.

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Building a legacy at Tel Aviv University

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The UK support group for Tel Aviv University is trying to attract longer-term investment in the institutionby running its first legacy tour later this year.

And the man they have running it, Geoffrey Simmonds, has led similar tours for the Hebrew University.

Mr Simmonds - who has resigned as a Hebrew University governor - is "delighted" to be fundraising on behalf of the Tel Aviv Universit

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Arts of gold benefit Israel

By Julia Weiner, July 7, 2011

Sculptor Rebecca Warren helped fashion a £30,000 profit for the annual Women in Art lunch organised by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel.

The former Turner Prize nominee discussed her career with Clarrie Wallis, curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, before more than 150 guests at Chelsea College of Art.

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Yavneh celebrates award of academy status

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Five years after opening its doors, Yavneh College in Borehamwood has become the first Jewish school to be awarded academy status by the Department for Education.

As a result, it will receive an additional £200,000 of annual funding directly from the government. It will employ extra staff, purchase more equipment and focus on plans to set up a two-form entry primary.

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Sky's the limit for Noam

July 7, 2011

Noam Primary secretary Joanna Serfaty proved herself a real high-flyer on Sunday with a sponsored skydive in aid of the school's new home project.

Ms Serfaty jumped from 10,000ft at the Parachute Centre in March, Cambridgeshire. "It's the most terrifying thing I have done," she said.

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