Camp Simcha's chair lift

February 9, 2012

Long-time Camp Simcha supporter Julian Taylor is the new chair of the charity, supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Visiting the head office team, the former Kerem Primary governors' chair said it had been "inspiring learning about the extraordinary effect Camp Simcha's varied support services and activities can have on these families' lives.

"I have a pass


Overseas aid challenge attracts Reform specialist

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

International aid charity Tzedek's new chief executive Jude Williams brings to the job exerience in building up an organisation.

Ms Williams will be moving from Jeneration, the Reform Movement's young adult programme, which she has been instrumental in developing.

Originally working with people across the Jewish spectrum, Jeneration recently restructured as a specifically Reform programme wi


Kisharon centres could shut in service revamp

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Learning disability charity Kisharon could close day centres in Hackney and Golders Green to facilitate users' greater integration within the mainstream community.

Kisharon chief executive Bev Jacobson said the charity had been given around a year by Hackney Council to examine ways the services offered by the Stamford Hill day centres could be provided by alternative means.

Councils in north


Reflections on an extraordinary fundraising campaign

By Daniel Clyne, February 9, 2012

Over the past two months, I have had the privilege to be part of one of the most inspiring demonstrations of collective action and Jewish values that could be conceived of by any Jewish Society.


Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en


Lord Sacks leaves charity

January 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has resigned as honorary director of troubled Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya.

The British Friends of the charity closed last month, following other chapters around the world over allegations of financial mismanagement at the soup kitchen charity, and complaints it had misled supporters by funding religious training.

An independent audit appeared to clear the charity o


Soup kitchen charity 'also funding Kollel'

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2012

An audit of the operations of troubled Israeli charity Hazon Yeshaya has revealed that its original objectives were to "establish Jewish institutions", despite the fact that its donors believed their money was being used solely for soup kitchens and to help the poor.

Hazon Yeshaya, whose audit was commissioned by a "supporter", said this week that it had been "cleared of fraud" by Israeli accou


Dancing with the stars for David

January 6, 2012

The mother of a terminally ill Manchester one-year-old is expecting celebrity support for a charity dance event on Sunday aimed at raising £20,000 for drug trials.


Charity chiefs demand action on elderly care

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

The heads of two major communal welfare charities have urged the government to take tangible action on the mounting problems relating to the care of the elderly and disabled.

Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr and her Jewish Care counterpart Simon Morris were among signatories of a letter published in the Daily Telegraph about the need for "political leadership" in the wake of the recommendati


How the young choose party affiliation

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Almost every Saturday night, Jewish twentysomethings have their pick of a party - and all in the cause of helping others. Once the preserve of club promoters, the "Jew do" has become the domain of the young charity committee.