Liverpool joins the Gift-giving brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Surplus food redistribution charity Gift now has a presence on Merseyside. King David High School and Roseman's kosher deli will be collection centres for the venture.


Unite attack 'belligerent' Norwood over job cuts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

Norwood has defended itself over employment union Unite’s allegations that it is one of the voluntary sector’s “renegade employers”.

Unite accused the charity of not living up to its “caring” label after talks on staff pay cuts and new contracts broke down within minutes.

The disability charity has been heavily hit by local authority budgets cuts and has lost around £4 million in funding.

In November it laid out plans to cut the wages of front-line care staff and make 20 per cent of head office staff redundant, as well as reduce supplier costs.


London diners collect £30K for JCore's support work

February 14, 2011

Civil liberties champion Baroness Helena Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. She praised the charity's work in combating racism and assisting refugees and asylum seekers when she addressed the 100 guests. The event, held at Ivy House, north London, raised £30,000 for the charity's work.

Photos: Stephen Rosefield



Manchester families cook up funds for the Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Eighty-five Manchester families have cooked up a tidy sum for Federation of Jewish Services' welfare projects from the charity's third annual Fed Friday appeal.

The idea is that families raise money by hosting a Friday night dinner and asking guests to make a donation to the Fed rather than buying the hosts a gift. Hosts also had the chance of winning a four-course catered Friday night dinner for 12 in a raffle.

Federation of Jewish Services marketing officer Joyce Khan said £5,000 had been raised with the prospect of more to come.


Camp Simcha was there for us

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

A few months after Luna Caden underwent surgery to remove a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumour, her parents David and Monica pondered how to mark their daughter's second birthday.

Luna was still having chemotherapy and unsure what her condition would be, they approached the date with trepidation. They were delighted when Camp Simcha offered to host a party, arranging everything from the cake to entertainment.


Nick Ferrari supports help for sick children

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Parents of terminally ill youngsters and the volunteers who work with them were among 900 guests at the fourth Camp Simcha gala dinner in London on Monday.

The dinner raised £1 million-plus to enable the charity to continue helping Jewish families across the community to cope with children with cancer, leukaemia and other life-threatening conditions.

Started 15 years ago to help 13 families, Camp Simcha now "reaches" 2,000 children, including siblings, offering practical and emotional support. It receives no state funding.


Sergey raising a glass to Moldovan aid efforts

February 10, 2011

World Jewish Relief has received heartfelt thanks from a beneficiary of its optical project, supplying spectacles to Jewish communities across Eastern Europe.

In 12 years, the project, established by retired opticians Harry Heber and David Goldman, has assisted more than 50,000 people in countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.

One recent recipient was eight-year-old Sergey Beloshkurski, whose family lived in Israel until he suffered a stroke. His mother Ludmila, a cancer patient, took him to Kishinev, Moldova, to receive treatment.


Norwood makes a show out of vintage ‘rags’

February 10, 2011

Creative restoration of unsellable clothing stock from Norwood charity shops proved a model fundraiser for the charity at a fashion show on Monday.

Vintage items which would normally have been sold on as rags for small change were customised into catwalk favourites, admired by 170 supporters at a Hertfordshire hotel.


Soros, Bloomberg top donation list

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

Jewish financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros has topped a list of the most generous American philanthropists over the last year.

Mr Soros, who was born in Hungary, donated or pledged to donate £205 million in 2010.

The money will go to Human Rights Watch and to other organisations under the umbrella of his Open Society Foundations.

Last year he appeared at sixth on the list, compiled annually by the Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine.

Other Jewish men and women in the top ten included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.


They came to dance on silent night

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

It was an unusually quiet night for London's young party-goers as they raised nearly £9,000 for Magen David Adom from a silent disco.

More than 400 quiet revellers turned up for the new Young MDA committee's inaugural event at the Hideout Club, London Bridge, on Saturday night.

Rather than music blaring out of speakers, guests were given wireless headphones and the opportunity to switch between channels to suit their musical preferences.