Charity

Madonna donates big to Jewish and Kabbalah charities

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Madonna donated thousands of dollars to a Jewish charity last year, according to the tax records for her charitable foundation which have been published on the website Showbiz 411.

The pop star, who is also a famous follower of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah, gave the Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters scheme $10,000 in 2009.

The charity, based in Los Angeles, runs mentoring programmes for Jewish children.

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British charities mobilise for Camel forest fund

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2010

Dozens of charities have launched appeals to fund recovery after the forest fires.

JNF UK, along with its sister organisations worldwide, is raising money to replant and replenish more than 12,000 acres of destroyed natural woodlands.

Samuel Hayek, JNF UK chairman, said: "What has happened in the Carmel region is an absolute tragedy for all involved. JNF mourns the loss of the life which has occurred and is greatly distressed by the extensive environmental and ecological damage caused by the fires.

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Interlink gets civic support

November 25, 2010

Interlink in Manchester has been selected by the Mayor of Salford as one of his three charities.

The Charedi organisation, which raised £90,000-plus for community projects last year, has forged a major working partnership with Salford Council, which has funded key family and adult vocational training schemes.

Next week, the mayor, Councillor George Wilson, will launch the appeal in aid of Interlink at at Brackmans kosher bakery and Halpern's kosher store.

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Former youth leader to take over at New Israel Fund

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The former national leader of youth movement Habonim has been appointed as the chief executive of the UK branch of the New Israel Fund (NIF).

Adam Ognall will take over in January 2011 from Ellen Goldberg, who is returning to Israel after four years in the role.

Mr Ognall, who founded a sustainability enterprise called GreenMinds, is the current chair of North London charity Restore. He previously served as the co-chair of the Zionist Youth Council and worked at the Charity Commission.

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Simon Cowell, Kate Garraway help raise £3.3m for Norwood

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

Norwood supporters responded to the charity's financial crisis by turning out in numbers for Monday's annual dinner, raising £3.3 million.

The proceeds were £600,000 up on last year, leaving the welfare charity £400,000 short of the additional
£1 million needed from the community. This is part of a £4 million cost-cutting package to cover slashed statutory services income. The remainder is being achieved by pay cuts for front-line care staff and head office redundancies. Savings were also made on the dinner itself.

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Simon Cowell talks X Factor at the Norwood dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010
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Simon Cowell makes a humorous plea for donations at the annual Norwood dinner in central London, and even finds the time to publicise his X Factor choice.

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We need more cash, says chief

By John Fisher, November 11, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president Edward Ziff has accused the community of not doing enough to support the charity.

Addressing some 80 people at the LJWB's 132nd annual meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre on Monday evening, Mr Ziff said that fundraising is always a crucial issue.

"It is politically correct to say that the community is 'doing well' but the reality is that while this community is as affluent as it has ever been that does not show itself in the form of an outward support of this organisation."

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'Parky' helps out

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

Cancer charity Mothers and Daughters has raised £75,000 for new research into a Jewish breast cancer gene by turning the spotlight round onto Britain's most famous interviewer - Sir Michael Parkinson.

As the guest speaker at their Ladies Luncheon at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire, 75-year-old "Parky" said he was keen to be there as "a supporter of cancer charities".

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Charedi charity bags award

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

A Charedi disabilities charity in Stamford Hill has won an award for its volunteering work.

Bikur Cholim D'Satmar has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Mark after a report found it "has a very dedicated group of volunteers who feel a sense of commitment to its activities".

The charity was founded in 1979 and provides support, facilities and services that range from hospital visits and respite breaks to transportation and delivering meals. There are 70 female volunteers.

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How Norwood deal with £4m shortfall

November 4, 2010

Norwood is one of the charities hardest hit by local authority cuts. It formerly received almost £20 million a year from more than 60 councils and chief executive Norma Brier says the loss of £4 million from that budget has required "very significant decisions.

"We are 215-years-old, we've always served the community's most vulnerable children and adults. But with such a dramatic realisation of the economic downturn, we really need the community at this time."

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