Charity

Study: Israelis are not as charitable as they think

By Nathan Jeffay, September 7, 2010

In the run up to Rosh Hashanah in Israel, as everywhere else in the Jewish world, charities have been busy trying to convince people to donate. But research shows that Israelis do not give as generously as people might think.

For several years, Israelis have had a reputation as the second most giving people in the world. The Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Civil Society Studies ranks Israel second only to America in terms of donations as a percentage of its gross domestic product (GDP) – 1.34 per cent compared to America's 1.85 per cent.

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Cancer charity opens extra Manchester service

September 7, 2010

Chai Cancer Care has opened a new south Manchester branch serving cancer patients and their families.

Operating from two refurbished rooms at the Morris Feinmann Home in Didsbury, the charity will provide counselling, massage, reflexology and acupuncture to cancer sufferers.

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Manchester Zionists on the move

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 7, 2010

Salford's Bnei Akiva bayit will be the last remaining Zionist building in Greater Manchester after the closure of Mamlock House, the former home to Manchester's Israel charities.

Manchester's Zionist Central Council is due to open its new offices at the bayit on October 4 as a temporary measure.

An extension to the bayit will be funded from the Mamlock House sale proceeds.

"It's a bit of a disaster," bayit director Shimon Gillis admitted. "We've got one large building, but loads of organisations are approaching us to use the bayit. It's going to be impossible to juggle."

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Close knit group's tribute to a friend

September 2, 2010

Four north-west London women have been knitting blankets for elderly WJR clients in the former Soviet Union in memory of a dedicated supporter of the charity.

Mimi Israel, Vivienne Kesztenbaum, Georgette Salinger and Michele Stern are honouring their good friend Rosalind Beckman, who died of cancer a few years ago.

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Tough times lie ahead for all our charities

By Leon Smith, September 2, 2010

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are traditionally a period when most of us are mindful of the need and obligation of tzedakah.

It may be that many of us who do not give throughout the year are moved to do so in the lead up to the Yomim Noraim but, as someone who runs a major charitable organisation, I can see only too clearly the need to focus on charitable giving throughout the year.

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Charity fears over special needs resources

By Jessica Elgot, August 26, 2010

The chief executive of special needs charity Kisharon has voiced concern that many of the growing number of severely disabled children in the Jewish community are not receiving specialised help early enough.

Beverly Jacobson said that with advances in modern medicine, "a premature baby or a child with a complex brain injury has a much higher chance of surviving, which is brilliant. But we need more resources for children with special needs."

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Charity continues after founder dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

A strictly Orthodox charity that donates £1.3 million annually to Jewish education and low income families is to continue despite the death of its founder.

Philanthropist Shloime Leitner, 61, who died from leukaemia two weeks ago, started the Broom Foundation in 1986 from a small office in his Salford home.

It was among the first to introduce charity vouchers to the religious community and the Broom Foundation voucher books have been a major means of charitable donations for thousands of people.

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Welfare board faces up to cuts

By Jessica Elgot, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is urging the community to "dig deep" for its Rosh Hashanah appeal, fearing that budgets could be slashed by Leeds City Council.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg is concerned about meeting an increasing caseload in the wake of recession-related job losses, debts and family breakdowns.

"We are looking at a much greater demand for some of our services, particularly mental health and family services," she said. "We see a lot of people driven into deep depression by debt and we are somewhat limited because we are not debt counsellors."

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The 'Harvey Nicks' of charity retail

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2010

The Leeds Jewish charity shop known as the "Harvey Nicks of Moortown" marked its third anniversary this week with cupcakes and "birthday bags". More than 100 people flocked to the Wellfair shop, donating 67 bags of goods.

Wellfair sells clothes, shoes, toys and bric-a-brac in aid of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg said the "Harvey Nicks" tag was because of "our reputation for designer labels.

"In these uncertain times, the ability to generate earned income in addition to our usual fundraising activities is critical.

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I went from YouTube to Vegas… via Tom Jones

August 12, 2010

Singer Sophie Hiller's career hit the big time this week, as she performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as Sir Tom Jones's warm-up act.

The 20-year-old, from East Barnet, north London, was invited to audition for the job after a producer of the Welsh singer's show saw a clip of her on YouTube.

She describes her style as "jazzy, souly and funky with a modern twist".

But Sophie's two-week stint in the entertainment capital is not all hard work.

On Monday she wrote on Twitter: "Just laying by the pool bronzing myself. All in a day's work, eh?"

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