Langdon launching Herts housing project

March 8, 2012

Meeting demand for facilities in Herts to help young Jewish adults with moderate learning difficulties, Langdon is poised to open a supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity will look to raise £1.5 million over the next three years towards the project, catering for 40 clients.

Borehamwood was chosen as a major Jewish community, with good shopping and transport links.

It is a


Care residents join lobby of Parliament

March 8, 2012

Jewish Care residents and staff joined more than 1,000 people at Tuesday's Crisis in Care lobby at the Houses of Parliament, voicing their concerns over the care of the elderly.

The Jewish Care group included 82-year-old Sadie Simmons, a resident at Rubens House, Finchley. She said the charity "provides me with great support.


Conti enjoys brush with Chai

March 1, 2012

Actor Tom Conti had a starring role in the unveiling of a group painting from the art workshop at Chai Cancer Care's Hendon headquarters.

Under the supervision of Linda Sharpe, the workshop has involved cancer patients and relatives ranging in age from six to 87.

It is an environment where clients can share their feelings.

The theme of the work is an enchanted garden and group members pai


Kaiser sings choirs' praises

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2012

Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson turned celebrity music judge on Sunday in a contest which raised almost £20,000 for communal charities.

Based on the format of ITV's The Choir That Rocks, Leeds Choirs Rock was a "sing-out" involving 220 members of Jewish and other choirs.


Nobody knows their time

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

Mark Emmins wrote this song to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The song is on sale on iTunes from March 4.


Riot clean-up hero declines to cash in

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

A Manchester resident who organised a clean-up operation in the city after the August riots via Twitter and Facebook has given his £750 award from Manchester City Council to charity.

Appalled by damage caused by rioters, Jeremy Myers, grandson of the late Manchester Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the clean-up idea. Hundreds of people responded.


Langdon going for a song to help earn £10k

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Performers from West End musicals including Legally Blonde, Wicked and Les Miserables entertained a crowd of 400 in London to raise money for educational needs charity Langdon.

The Mash Up cabaret at the Leicester Square Theatre marked the end of Langdon's annual fundraising week.


Quiz team's family link

February 23, 2012

Quizmaster Brian Nathan has helped charities to raise well over £500,000.

But there was a close personal interest in the quiz he and his team - wife Barbara, plus Myra and Michael Litman - presented at the Village Hotel in Elstree.


Pupils get festively fruity

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 9, 2012

At least 10,000 pupils from 40 Jewish schools, nurseries and youth groups nationwide have contributed to the dispatch of 500 fruit baskets to needy families on Tu Bishvat.

Food collection charity Gift organised the drive, which has benefited organisations including the Jewish women's refuge in London and Jewish Blind and Disabled residents.

Gift director Michelle Barnett said: "We are overwh


Camp Simcha's chair lift

February 9, 2012

Long-time Camp Simcha supporter Julian Taylor is the new chair of the charity, supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Visiting the head office team, the former Kerem Primary governors' chair said it had been "inspiring learning about the extraordinary effect Camp Simcha's varied support services and activities can have on these families' lives.

"I have a pass