Donors moved by children in need

September 22, 2011

An emotional appeal from the director of an Emunah project in Israel helped British Emunah to raise £200,000 from a dinner and musical soiree at London's Guildhall.

Shlomo Kessel, director of the Sarah Herzog Centre in Afula, told the 300 guests about the challenges of looking after nearly 200 children, many who had come to the home in heart-breaking circumstances.


Military planning for climb cash

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

A seasoned mountaineer is this week taking on one of the world's most challenging climbs in aid of British war veterans.

Keith Breslauer has already scaled some of the world's most difficult peaks, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn among them.

On Sunday, Mr Breslauer flew to the States for his climb of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park.

He has been joined on the expedition by


Towering boost to coffers of cash-strapped charity

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Human rights charity René Cassin showed high ambition by hosting its first gala fundraising dinner at the top of the BT Tower.

A sell-out crowd of 90 enjoyed a panoramic view of the London sights, raising more than £26,000, including proceeds from a charity auction.

The restaurant was closed to the public in 1980 because of security concerns and is currently available only for private func


Delamere chairs sit well in London school

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

Manchester's now defunct Delamere Forest special needs school has come to the aid of a London strictly Orthodox school left without chairs after a supplier failed to deliver.

The Tashbar school in Edgware spotted an advertisement for equipment being given away by Delamere prior to the sale of its former Cheshire premises, which is currently being finalised.

Delamere announced its formal clos


Painting trio brighten Nathan's homecoming

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

For Suzanne Ellul, taking her five-year-old twins Nathan and Gabriella for a walk last week was more than a good way to spend an afternoon. It was something she thought she would never again have the opportunity to do.

Nathan was 15-months-old when he suffered a brain injury after his breathing stopped.


Breast cancer helpline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A cancer charity has set up a support group aimed specifically at the Jewish community.

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline's new online forum will help those at highest risk of developing the disease due to genes prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

Ashkenazim are more likely than the general population to carry mutations found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the risk of dev


Cash fears of Women's Aid

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 8, 2011

A charity dedicated to helping Jewish women who have been victims of domestic violence is fearing a significant loss of income through local authority cuts.

Jewish Women's Aid - which runs the only Jewish women's refuge in Europe - says £180,000 of its £700,000 annual budget is at risk.


Kisharon nursery earns top marks from Ofsted inspectors

September 8, 2011

The integrated nursery of special needs charity Kisharon has been praised as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

They found children at Tuffkid in Golders Green making "excellent progress in all areas due to the highly effective planning and monitoring of their achievements".

Staff were dedicated and "exemp-lary" in fostering learning and development and the nursery maintained a productive dia


Charities will adapt or die

By Shimon Cohen, September 5, 2011

At the Charity Commission's last count there were 2,351 Jewish charities in the UK. Granted, almost half raised less than £10,000 a year. But it is often the smaller charities which do the most remarkable work.


Coining it

September 1, 2011

World Jewish Relief hopes to boost its overseas aid through the donation of leftover foreign currency by those returning from summer holidays.

Fundraising director Paul Stein said WJR would even accept currencies no longer in circulation such as francs and lire. The charity is organising drop-off points in north-west London.