Charity

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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Caring for Herts

August 12, 2010

To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.

Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.

Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.

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Manchester City Council boss offers cash for polling chaos

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Manchester City Council boss Sir Howard Bernstein has relinquished £4,000 of pay over voting chaos in one of five Greater Manchester constituencies in which he was the returning officer during the general election.

The move is designed to placate hundreds of eligible voters who were barred from polling stations on May 6 and follows the publication of an internal review by the council.

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Manchester City Council boss offers cash for polling chaos

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Manchester City Council boss Sir Howard Bernstein has relinquished £4,000 of pay over voting chaos in one of five Greater Manchester constituencies in which he was the returning officer during the general election.

The move is designed to placate hundreds of eligible voters who were barred from polling stations on May 6 and follows the publication of an internal review by the council.

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