Pretty Woman producer dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The producer of Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets has died at the age of 61.

Laura Ziskin had fought a seven-year battle with cancer, during which time she was one of the founders of the charity Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and helped raise £122m for research.


Liverpool says thanks

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care hailed its 250 volunteers at a ceremonial lunch in conjunction with Liverpool Council for Voluntary Services.

More than 80 of the volunteers attended the welfare charity's event at Allerton Hebrew Congregation where they were praised by former Board of Deputies' vice-president Rosalind Preston and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council president Gordon Globe w


Federation to offer services to non-Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

A raft of strategic changes including wage cuts and supplying welfare services to the non-Jewish community are being implemented by Manchester's largest Jewish charity to cope with local authority cuts and welfare reform.

Heathlands Care Village, one of the largest care homes in the country, is predicting further slashes to public funding due to proposed Government plans to replace NHS primary


The social climbers from Noam almost reach their peaks

June 10, 2011

Seven leaders from Masorti's Noam youth movement did not entirely hit the heights on their three peaks challenge.

The group's attempt to scale Ben Nevis was thwarted by the strongest winds recorded in the area in 100 years.


Joining Norwood's uneasy riders

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Although not normally superstitious, the portents were not promising in the lead up to my participation in the Norwood bike ride in Croatia.

Persuaded to sign up by a good friend, my training consisted primarily of laps around Regent's Park on the bike I received from my parents as a batmitzvah present.


Work starts on mikveh

By Jay Grenby, June 10, 2011

After many years' planning and fundraising, work has finally begun on the construction of a mikveh at the rear of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue.

The mikveh will serve not only the women of the Cockfosters community but also those from neighbouring congregations including Barnet, Southgate, Hadley Wood and Potters Bar.


Job losses as the Jewish Agency shrinks in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, June 10, 2011

The Jewish Agency for Israel is to close for a fortnight in the summer as a money-saving measure, docking pay from employees.

With a budget gap of more than £2 million, the charity was going to lay off 50 employees, but the workers' union agreed to the furlough as an alternative, its spokesman Michael Jankelowitz said. It will begin on August 21.


Tzedek is consulted

June 10, 2011

Tzedek, the international development charity, is among faith groups advising the government on how to deploy overseas aid.The Department for International Development (DfID) has set up a working group to explore partnerships with religious communities.


The clothes show by Moriah pupils

June 2, 2011

Moriah Primary pupils took to the catwalk on Monday as stars of a fashion show sponsored by high street chain River Island.

More than 50 pupils from the Pinner school modelled the latest styles, watched by an audience in excess of 400.

The £4,000-plus raised will help to fill gaps in funding from government and the local authority and a drop in parental contributions. 


Fun runners set a hot fundraising pace

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

There was Superman, a Star Wars character, The Stig - and around 3,000 other participants and supporters at Maccabi's fifth annual Community Fun Run in Barnet on Sunday.

A record 32 charities were represented and the organisers hope that the fundraising total will reach £150,000.