Young givers get behind capital gain of charity

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Manchester-based charity which encourages children to give to others on special occasions has spread its message of goodwill to the capital.

The Big Barmitzvah Appeal, an offshoot of the Big Birthday Appeal, is funding a sensory garden for blind children at the new Bayis Sheli residential and respite home in Stamford Hill.


Charity workers honoured

January 8, 2015

The vice-president of ORT UK, Henry Davis was made an MBE for charitable and voluntary services in London, in the Honours list.

He said: "Of course, it comes as a surprise. But, frankly, I've been involved in charity committees since I was a teenager. I was brought up like that.


Volunteer army serves up some festive magic

By Rosa Doherty, January 2, 2015

Hundreds of community members showed true festive spirit by volunteering over the holiday period.

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said they had their busiest year matching volunteers both young and old up to worthy causes.

The Green family, who were matched up with Lambeth-based charity People Care At Christmas, helped out by providing lunch for 350 elderly people.


Ready to help the homeless

December 18, 2014

People all over the country will be donating food to the homeless this weekend in a bid to spread some Chanucah cheer while beating the boycott.

IsrAction Day takes place on Sunday, with shoppers encouraged to buy Israeli products and give them to homeless shelters.

The initiative is the brainchild of grassroots groups Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI) and the Manchester-based North West Friend


Camp Simcha's toy story

December 18, 2014

Camp Simcha volunteers packed up over 5,000 toys and gifts to be delivered to children in hospital during the holiday period.

The toy drive is an annual event organised by the charity, supporting Jewish children with serious illness and their families.

Presents were collected by Jewish schools and community groups around London for distribution in 104 children's wards, hospices and community


Islamic Relief declares itself free of terror after probe

By Josh Jackman, December 12, 2014

Islamic Relief Worldwide has announced that it has been cleared of any links to terrorism in the West Bank by an independent investigation it commissioned.


At the peak of his trekking, but wellie boots beckon

By Corinne Rein, December 11, 2014

Three years ago pensioner Richard Saunders climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for World Jewish Relief.

But that wasn't enough of a challenge for the 67-year-old who has recently returned from a 14-day 136 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and a climb to the nearby peak of Kala Pattar, raising £6,500 for the Israel Sport Centre for the Disabled.

Mr Saunders, part of a group of 10 cli


Shop pays at Wolfson

By Jay Grenby, December 11, 2014

A one-day charity shop set up and run by pupils at Wolfson-Hillel primary school raised nearly £1,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled and the British Heart Foundation, as well as going towards a new school playground.

The idea for the shop emerged when the 60 children in year four at the Southgate school, who had been learning about charity and kindness in their topic lessons, decided they want


More testing urged to tackle breast cancer

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

A charity has called on the NHS to review its DNA screening guidelines for breast cancer risk genes after a new study suggested more than half of potential cases are being missed among Ashkenazi women.

Ashkenazi Jews are one of a number of high risk groups likely to carry a mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.

In the wider po


Thousands raised to help Ebola's hidden victims

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

A UK Jewish charity is working to save what it calls the hidden victims of the Ebola epidemic.

World Jewish Relief's appeal has raised £100,000 to help African children orphaned by the disease.

The money will allow the charity to supply food, bedding and clothing to 1,188 children in Sierra Leone.