Charity

Oxfam works in Israel to ‘alter the balance’

By Jessica Elgot, November 2, 2010

Oxfam is to launch a new strategy to improve its image with Israel and British Jews, after concerns about pro-Palestinian bias within the organisation.

The charity has never actively publicised its work with Jewish Israelis. During Operation Cast Lead Oxfam released a statement saying Palestinians had “fewer rights than convicts”.

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Support pours in for young mum memorial fund

By Leon Symons, October 28, 2010

More than £40,000 for charity has already been raised in the name of a young north London mother-of-three who died on Monday night.

Jenny Morhaim, 27, suffered a sudden bleed into her brain. Her family were at her bedside. She was buried in the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Thousands of people sent prayers and messages to a Facebook page. Money raised will assist needy Jewish families in north-west London through the Gift charity.

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Grant helps Malki find her feet

By Jessica Elgot, October 26, 2010

A strictly Orthodox family have spoken of how a BBC Children in Need grant helped their wheelchair-bound daughter learn to ride a bike.

Malki Gertner, nine, from Hackney also learns swimming and horse-riding with the charity Step-by-Step.

The charity was given a grant of £120,570 over three years to help fund after-school sports for 121 disabled children in the area, aged five to 19.

Malki's mother, Francesca, said the charity was a "life-saver" for her and husband Shloime, a popular Charedi singer, who has released an album with a track entitled Malki's Song.

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Mitzvah Day 2010

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010
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Mitzvah Day 2010 will take place on November 21. Watch the video to find out more.

More on Mitzvah Day on the dedicated JC page

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Leeds fears welfare funding cuts

October 21, 2010

The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president says the charity's staff have "hearts in their mouths" as they wait to discover the fallout from the government spending cuts.

Edward Ziff believes it will be a month before the ramifications of the spending review will translate into funding cutbacks by Leeds and Harrogate local authorities, which partly fund the welfare board. "We are having a number of reviews on various projects they finance."

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'Pay for me and I'll pray for you'

By Nathan Jeffay, October 14, 2010

'Children are pure-hearted; they haven't sinned; their prayers are unlike yours or mine", declares the Orthodox author Tziporah Heller in a video for an extremely troubling Jewish fundraising campaign.

Here is the deal: go on to the website of the Israeli charity, Yad Ezra V'Shulamit, input the name of a person in need of divine assistance, make a donation by credit card, and the impoverished children for whom it provides hot meals will intercede with God from the Western Wall on your behalf.

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Camp Simcha's big top hit

October 8, 2010

A charity circus in aid of Camp Simcha attracted around 900 people and raised £10,000 for the charity which supports children with life threatening diseases.

The circus show, exclusively for the Jewish community, was run in conjunction with Zippos circus, which toured Manchester. It saw an all-male cast perform trapeze, juggling and other traditional acts, while kosher popcorn, candy floss and a Camp Simcha warm-up show was organised by 25 locally recruited volunteers.

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£70K in humanitarian aid

October 7, 2010

More than £70,000 was raised for Israel's needy by 40 supporters of Eshel Colel Chabad, the Israel-based humanitarian aid agency.

Rabbi Sholom Duchman, chief executive of Eshel, updated the guests on the charity's activities. These include: the Blavatnik food bank, a new 25,000 sq ft warehouse in Kiryat Malachi, which packed food for over 27,000 families at Rosh Hashanah; the 19 Eshel food halls which served one million meals last year; and 3,000 meals on wheels which are delivered each day.

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Bradford biker goes the extra mile

By Katie Taylor, October 7, 2010

One of the smallest Jewish communities in the UK is reaping the benefits of a rare level of co-operation between different faiths through fundraising.

Dave Langfield, a non-Jewish friend of Bradford synagogue, raised £2,100 with a three-day, 1,000-mile motorcycle trip around England. The money will help restore a 100-year-old Sefer Torah.

Fundraising manager Rachel Amdurer said: "There was literally a gasp in the room. We only expected a small amount. If he had made £500 I would have been happy."

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