Charity

Where the Big Society happens

By Stephen Pollard, July 22, 2010

One of the many pleasures of being editor of the JC is the opportunity to meet all sorts of people and visit all sorts of places one would never normally encounter.

I'll be honest with you. Important and often inspiring as it is to schlep up and down the country to do that, I'm not always full of beans when the day comes.

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Chai ambition brings £100k promise

July 15, 2010

VThree Chai Cancer Care supporters have committed to raise £100,000 by getting their friends to host money-making events.

Natalie Chester, Emma Myers and Laura Avigdori launched Chai Promise at a reception in the new Wohl wing of the charity's Hendon premises.

The idea is that as well as making a donation to attend a Chai Promise function, guests will pledge to host their own event. Twenty people have already committed to holding a fundraiser. The money will go to Chai's children and family support service.

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Israel sends humanitarian aid to Congo

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

An Israeli medical team has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat burn victims, following a fuel tanker explosion which killed and injured hundreds of people.

The delegation from Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Centre has taken medical equipment to treat those wounded in the disaster

More than 60,000 litres of fuel went up in flames in the city of Sange in the east of the country on July 2.

The doctors, sent there by Israel's National Agency for International Cooperation (MASHAV), are all specialists in plastic surgery and burns.

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Sex abuse complaint rejected

By Marcus Dysch, July 8, 2010

The Charity Commission has rejected a complaint against Christian Aid for publishing claims that Israeli settlers had sexually abused Palestinian children in Hebron.

Christian Aid apologised "unreservedly" after sending out a press release which mistakenly made the false claim and said it should have described the alleged incidents as having involved "verbal sexual abuse".

The episode came after social worker Miranda Pinch travelled to the West Bank town to "monitor human rights abuses" as part of an accompaniment programme part-funded by the
charity.

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Interview: Gerald Steinberg

By Nathan Jeffay, June 24, 2010

Gerald Steinberg is on the offensive. The Israeli politics professor will visit London next week to urge action by British Jews against the "demonisation" of Israel by well-respected charities.

Dr Steinberg, chair of political science at Bar Ilan University, is touring London, and plans to face his audiences with a stark message.

"Britain in general and London in particular are the centre of the demonisation process against Israel which is taking place," he said.

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Charities face a budgetary double whammy

By Barry Frankfurt, June 17, 2010

Next Tuesday, George Osborne will deliver his first budget - an emergency one - as Chancellor. His speech will offer the first big clue as to how the age of austerity will take shape. It will also provide the economic blueprint for David Cameron's "Big Society". The Prime Minister has defined government's role in this initiative as one that "will actively agitate for social renewal and community action". Certainly in the Jewish community, such action is delivered predominantly through the not-for-profit sector.

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Kyrgyzstan Jews offer humanitarian aid

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2010

The Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan has offered humanitarian support to victims of ethnic violence in the central Asian country.

Jewish donors in the city of Bishkek have collected sacks of flour and rice to send to southern Kyrgyzstan, where thousands have been injured and hundreds killed in ethnic rioting.

The aid will be distributed amongst the 70 Jewish people living in the affected area as well as to non Jews in need.

Kyrgyzstan’s Jewish community numbers about 1,500.

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Education charity cleared of Hizb-ut-Tahrir link

By Simon Rocker, June 8, 2010

An educational charity which was at the centre of controversy last year has been cleared by the Charity Commission of promoting a militant Islamic ideology.

The charity watchdog investigated the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation – which runs two independent primary schools in Haringey and Slough – following a Sunday Telegraph article in October.

According to the commission, the article raised concerns that the charity was being run by activists from the radical group Hizb-ut-Tahrir and teaching its beliefs in the schools.

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US Jewish charities fall out over funding

By Paul Berger, May 27, 2010

Two major Jewish organisations are battling over $130 million donated annually by American Jews.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for Israel have been haggling in private over a share of overseas
fundraising for a couple of years.

But in recent weeks, the argument has spilled out into the open.

At issue is a formula which divides money from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA ) between the two bodies, favouring the Jewish Agency by a margin of three to one.

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Racing certainties for £100k windfall

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

Twenty-six communal and Israel charities are the beneficiaries of the £100,000-plus raised by over 1,000 participants in the biggest Maccabi GB Community Fun Run, held on Sunday in Elstree.

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