Building a legacy at Tel Aviv University

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The UK support group for Tel Aviv University is trying to attract longer-term investment in the institutionby running its first legacy tour later this year.

And the man they have running it, Geoffrey Simmonds, has led similar tours for the Hebrew University.

Mr Simmonds - who has resigned as a Hebrew University governor - is "delighted" to be fundraising on behalf of the Tel Aviv Universit


Arts of gold benefit Israel

By Julia Weiner, July 7, 2011

Sculptor Rebecca Warren helped fashion a £30,000 profit for the annual Women in Art lunch organised by the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel.

The former Turner Prize nominee discussed her career with Clarrie Wallis, curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, before more than 150 guests at Chelsea College of Art.


Yavneh celebrates award of academy status

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Five years after opening its doors, Yavneh College in Borehamwood has become the first Jewish school to be awarded academy status by the Department for Education.

As a result, it will receive an additional £200,000 of annual funding directly from the government. It will employ extra staff, purchase more equipment and focus on plans to set up a two-form entry primary.


Sky's the limit for Noam

July 7, 2011

Noam Primary secretary Joanna Serfaty proved herself a real high-flyer on Sunday with a sponsored skydive in aid of the school's new home project.

Ms Serfaty jumped from 10,000ft at the Parachute Centre in March, Cambridgeshire. "It's the most terrifying thing I have done," she said.


Abramovich man funds school

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Russian oil billionaire who is a close confidant of Roman Abramovich has been revealed as the primary donor for the £4.2 million rebuilding project at Edgware Jewish Primary School.

EJPS is acknowledging Eugene Shvidler's generosity by changing its name next year to the Beit Shvidler Primary School.


Christian Aid Palestinian refugees report ' misleading'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A report on Palestinian refugees by Christian Aid has been criticised as one-sided and misleading after it referred to a man struggling to work because of settler violence without any evidence to support the claim.

The 24-page Locked Out report claimed to be interested in an "honest and meaningful dialogue about the Palestinian refugee crisis, which engages all stakeholders".


Cosgrove Care's 50th bash fires up supporters

By Stephanie Brickman, June 30, 2011

Cosgrove Care, a Scottish charity which helps adults with learning disabilities and their families, held a day of activities to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The event held at the Walton Community Centre on Sunday attracted around 300 visitors, including MSP Ken Macintosh and MP Jim Murphy.


Goodman takes top spot at JNF UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

David Goodman has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of JNF UK.

He joined the charity last October from the Office of the Chief Rabbi, taking on the role in an acting capacity.

Mr Goodman, who previously worked at Kisharon and served in the IDF for more than 12 years, said: "I have always believed in the JNF's mission of developing the land of Israel and supporting its people.


Lord Triesman helps to net £435K for Norwood

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman has explained his frustration and disappointment over England's failed World Cup 2018 bid and the chain of events which led to him leaving the FA.

Speaking at Norwood's annual property lunch he also shed more light on the allegations he made against Fifa, football's world governing body.


Langdon bikers reach Brussels

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

A bike ride to Brussels has raised more than £25,000 for Langdon services for young Jewish adults with learning disabilities.