Charity

The 'Harvey Nicks' of charity retail

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2010

The Leeds Jewish charity shop known as the "Harvey Nicks of Moortown" marked its third anniversary this week with cupcakes and "birthday bags". More than 100 people flocked to the Wellfair shop, donating 67 bags of goods.

Wellfair sells clothes, shoes, toys and bric-a-brac in aid of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg said the "Harvey Nicks" tag was because of "our reputation for designer labels.

"In these uncertain times, the ability to generate earned income in addition to our usual fundraising activities is critical.

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I went from YouTube to Vegas… via Tom Jones

August 12, 2010

Singer Sophie Hiller's career hit the big time this week, as she performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Sir Tom Jones's warm-up act.

The 20-year-old, from East Barnet, north London, was invited to audition for the job after a producer of the Welsh singer's show saw a clip of her on YouTube.

She describes her style as "jazzy, souly and funky with a modern twist".

But Sophie's two-week stint in the entertainment capital is not all hard work.

On Monday she wrote on Twitter: "Just laying by the pool bronzing myself. All in a day's work, eh?"

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Caring for Herts

August 12, 2010

To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.

Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.

Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.

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Manchester City Council boss offers cash for polling chaos

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Manchester City Council boss Sir Howard Bernstein has relinquished £4,000 of pay over voting chaos in one of five Greater Manchester constituencies in which he was the returning officer during the general election.

The move is designed to placate hundreds of eligible voters who were barred from polling stations on May 6 and follows the publication of an internal review by the council.

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Manchester City Council boss offers cash for polling chaos

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Manchester City Council boss Sir Howard Bernstein has relinquished £4,000 of pay over voting chaos in one of five Greater Manchester constituencies in which he was the returning officer during the general election.

The move is designed to placate hundreds of eligible voters who were barred from polling stations on May 6 and follows the publication of an internal review by the council.

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Desmond: Channel Five and Jewish faith

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Media mogul Richard Desmond, who has just bought Channel Five, said this week that he retained a strong commitment to the Jewish community.

The 59-year-old billionaire owner of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine - who is famously hands-on with his titles and not afraid of giving its editors a dressing-down - told the JC that, despite the huge task ahead in making the broadcaster profitable, it will not affect his dedication to the Jewish charity Norwood, of which he is president.

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Teens gear up for charity cycle

July 26, 2010

Two Jewish teenagers from London have set off on a sponsored cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for impoverished Ukrainian children.

The JFS pupils, deputy head boy Jake Freedman, 17, and former head boy Danny Feuer, 18 will cover more than 1,000 miles during the course of the trip.

The pair, both from Borehamwood, are hoping to raise funds for the Tikvah children’s home in Odessa.

They will be riding up to 95 miles a day, staying in youth hostels along the way.

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£130k grant from Jewish Child's Day

July 22, 2010

More than 600 children in Manchester and Leeds will benefit from £130,000 in Jewish Child's Day grants.

Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services will use the £60,000 awarded over three years towards the creation of a short break resource centre for children with disabilities and their siblings. An additional £10,000 will go towards equipment.

JCD is also giving £60,000 over three years to the Manny Cussins Family Project, a branch of Leeds Jewish Care Services, to help secure the future of a range of services for the 200 children it works with.

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Manchester Fed completes Heathlands move

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The considerable logistical task of moving the Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest charity, to its new premises in the Heathlands Care Village will be completed by Monday.

FJS adult, children and families, social work and referrals teams will move to the ground floor of the Heathlands main building. This completes the process, after the finance, HR and IT departments moved to join Chai Cancer Care on the first floor.

Chief executive Karen Phillips says the move heralds the beginning of a flagship Jewish care organisation for Manchester.

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Free Charedi swim sessions are axed

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Free swimming sessions for Salford's Charedi community are set to be scrapped as a result of government spending cuts.

Just a month ago, Charedi groups were celebrating a successful campaign for same sex sessions through Broughton's council-run Fit City centre. It was part of a nationally funded scheme offering free swimming for under-17s and over-60s.

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