Charity

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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Exclusive: Christian Aid made to apologise for sex abuse claim

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2010

Christian Aid has apologised “unreservedly” after it claimed Israeli settlers had sexually abused Palestinian children in Hebron.

The false allegations came after Miranda Pinch, a social worker from Winchester, had travelled to the West Bank town in January to “monitor human rights abuses” as part of an accompaniment programme part-funded by the charity.

The 59-year-old, who converted from Judaism to Christianity, returned from the trip and told Christian Aid that a Palestinian headmistress had made allegations of verbal abuse.

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Amnesty steps up its campaign on Israel

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2010

Amnesty International's UK branch is continuing to highlight Israel's treatment of the Palestinians with an exhibition in London next month directed against its security barrier.

The event follows a meeting last week hosted by Amnesty International UK entitled "Capital Murder: Inside the Israeli authorities' regime of discrimination and control in Occupied East Jerusalem".

Journalist Ben White, author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide, described what was happening as "a microcosm of Israeli apartheid".

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Jewish charities criticise coalition elderly plans

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Charity chiefs have spoken out against the omission of elderly care reform from the new government's coalition agreement.

The three main parties pledged major changes in the system during the lead up to the election.

Last week, dozens of charities and local authority chief executives signed an open letter asking why the topic was ignored in last week's coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

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Jewish students lead the way for charitable work

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2010

Jewish student organisations are leading the way as campuses become a focal point for charity work and volunteering projects.

They are increasingly taking part in social action programmes to give something back to communities in the towns and cities where they study.

The Union of Jewish Students launched its One campaign earlier this year, using Jewish values to encourage social activism and train members for involvement with a range of charitable efforts and apply for grants to help make a difference on their campuses.

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