Langdon goes shopping for advancement

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

A funding freeze for special needs education has prompted Manchester's Langdon College to open its first charity shop to expand opportunities for students.

The move comes as the college prepares for an increase to 23 students after its September intake.

Plans for the shop were announced to civic dignitaries and parents at an open evening in Radcliffe yesterday.


Coasting through Norwood's challenge

July 14, 2011

A pedal powered £250,000 was generated for Norwood, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Down's Syndrome Association on Sunday as more than 1,300 cyclists joined the annual Capital to Coast challenge.

Cyclists aged from eight to 76 had the choice of a 60-mile ride from Thames Ditton to the Hove seafront, a circular 60-mile Hove to Hove route, or a half-distance option taking them from Haywards He


Tokens are a gift to Wizo money-making

By Jenni Frazer, July 14, 2011

Wizo UK's annual Rebecca Sieff Day this year showcased the charity's latest initiative - Wizo gift tokens.
Intended as a fundraising alternative to the usual gifts of wine or chocolates to a host or hostess, the gift tokens will be fully launched nationally in September.

But they were unveiled for the first time in London, at a lunch to honour stalwart members who have raised thousands of poun


Volunteers are recognised for starring roles

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

A "good year for volunteering" at Jewish Care was celebrated at its awards ceremony, at which 37 groups and individuals were honoured for their contribution to the charity.

Improved support and recruitment strategies have seen Jewish Care increase its volunteer army from 2,500 to 2,800 over the past two years.

There has also been a renewed focus on matching people to areas they are best suit


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.


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.


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


£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.


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.


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.