Leeds welfare charity hit by council cash cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2011

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is fearing it will have to cut services after further funding cuts have been announced by Leeds City Council.

The charity, which runs elderly, mental health and disabilities care services, has already cut pay and hours for its 179 staff with one redundancy, following a 13.4 per cent cut in local authority funding for this financial year.


Soup kitchen charity in fraud scandal

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

A British charity is on the verge of collapse this week, after further investigations into alleged misconduct by the Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya, came to light.


Blossom actress joins Maccabeats for charity campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Maccabeats and TV star Mayim Bialik have teamed up to help raise money for a bone marrow charity.

They are hoping to raise $80,000 - $10,000 for every night of Chanucah – to support the work of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, which works to find donor matches for people who need transplants.


Young JBD birthday celebration

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

Young professionals gave a boost to the charity Jewish Blind and Disabled this weekend at a party in London.

The event, arranged to mark the third birthday of the Young JBD committee, saw £3,000 raised to support the building of mobility apartments.



Barmitzvah boy aiming to make a pretty penny

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

An Edgware barmitzvah boy intends to prove that every penny counts in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity.

Pinchos Bentzion Sudak aims to collect one million pennies towards the development of a larger centre for Edgware Lubavitch.

He began by distributing handmade penny tubs to guests at his barmitzvah and has enlisted friends to help collecting the coins.

He further plans to have penny


Charity suspends soup kitchen funds

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

Hazon Yeshaya UK, which supports soup kitchens for Israel's poor, has suspended fund-raising pending an investigation into the use of its donations.

Supporters were told at the end of last week that the charity had commissioned financial services firm Deloitte to check that its funds were being "properly applied" in Israel.

In a statement, the charity's trustees said: "Until we are all reass


Ambassador tours Israeli town with British accent

By Jessica Elgot, November 29, 2011

The small Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, boasts about its English tea and homemade scones.

Beit Shemesh is the Israeli city with a British accent. The city, which has seen ongoing conflict between its strictly Orthodox and secular residents, has around 100 British families and many synagogues have predominantly British membership.


Why every little tweet helps

By Barry Frankfurt, November 28, 2011

While writing this, I was asked for money by Stephen Fry. Not for himself but for one of his pet charities. I get that a lot from Stephen, or should I say "@stephenfry", the Twitter feed of one of world's most prolific users of social media. No sooner had he written 140 characters than his nearly 3.5million "followers" received the charity's web address and priceless celebrity endorsement.


We need a modern-day tithe

By Harvey Bratt, November 21, 2011

Britain is unquestionably a charitable nation. Three quarters of us give to charity every year, yet only seven per cent of us leave a legacy to charity in our wills. Compare that to the US and the figure is three times higher.


New Israeli-Palestinian grants from peace charity

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

A British charity will fund five projects for co-existence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including a bi-lingual version of West Side Story and filmmaking for Bedouin children.

The five groups, which operate in Gaza, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, have been awarded grants of undisclosed amounts (but running into thousands) by Children Of Peace, a non-partisan charity.