Budgeting on more legacies

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Charities have welcomed changes to inheritance tax in George Osborne's Budget which will make it more cost effective for people to make bequests to them.

Mr Osborne on Wednesday ann-ounced a 10 per cent reduction to the inheritance tax rate payable for those leaving 10 per cent or more to charity.


Leeds answers cash call

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A major fundraising effort for a £1.5 million youth hub for the Leeds Jewish community is off to a good start with more than one-third of the money pledged.

Around £600,000 has already been promised by community donors only two weeks after the fundraising committee launched a community-wide appeal to relocate The Zone youth club.


Manchester charity faces £12m challenge

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

The charity running one of Britain's largest care homes is complaining that welfare organisations are being pulled in "too many directions" over government quality targets at a time of slashed public spending.


Tragic mum gives thanks to Chai

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Cindy Bar-Oz thought that being told her husband Igal had stomach cancer was the worst day of her life. But it was matched by discovering her daughter Leora had leukaemia.

And while Leora Kuhillow was recovering in quarantine from bone marrow transplants, Mrs Bar-Oz's 88-year-old father was rushed into hospital and she found herself torn between loved ones.


Dressed to thrill at Meir Panim

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

Flappers, gangsters and bootleggers were to the fore as supporters of Israel welfare charity Meir Panim dressed accordingly for a roaring '20s jazz night in London on Monday.

More than 100 people attended the event, featuring a number of jazz bands and a rendition of the Amy Winehouse song, Valerie, by a group of flappers.


Comic Relief suits appeal

March 10, 2011

Photographer Richard Cannon has embarked on a unique project for Comic Relief.

Mr Cannon, who has photos on show in the National Portrait Gallery, persuaded the menswear designer Oswald Boateng to donate a white suit.


Galloway Palestine group: no more flotillas

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2011

Viva Palestina has announced it will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group’s charitable status.

The group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.


JLC sweet on Eric Pickles

March 3, 2011

A government warning that local authorities should not unfairly cut allocations to community organisations has been welcomed by the Jewish Leadership Council.


How to make £57 million in sales

March 3, 2011

The Otto Schiff Housing Association held a London reception this week to celebrate the potential raising of £57 million from the sale of its assets, the bulk of which has benefited 18 communal charities.

Established in 1933 as the Central British Fund to rescue Jews from Nazi Germany, the association raised the money from the sale of four properties.


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.