Birthday honour for donor

June 23, 2011

Philanthropist Edward Atkin and law professor and barrister Jeffery Jowell QC were both recipients of Queen's Birthday honours last week.

Mr Atkin, 66, received a CBE for services to industry and to charity through the Atkin Foundation.

After selling his baby-feeding business, Avent, for £300m in 2005, he has dedicated his time to his foundation, which is one of the main supporters of the


Astounding giving

June 23, 2011

Too often, our community is forced to focus on doom and gloom. Sometimes it is what politicians have or haven't done; sometimes it is the seemingly inexorable rise in antisemitism.


Big dinners aid special school

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

The parents of three severely disabled children who founded a Jewish special needs school in Salford were overwhelmed by community support for their first fundraising dinners which 1,200 people attended this week.

A committee of strictly Orthodox parents and governors of the Aim Habonim school organised separate ladies' and gents' evenings on Monday and Tuesday, which raised £40,000.

One ma


Charities show a will to increase legacy income

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

Communal organisations are striving to capitalise on government legislation encouraging people to leave charitable legacies.

Just 17 per cent of Britons currently make a charitable allowance in their estates.


Out to launch for Yad Sarah

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Supporters of Israel's largest voluntary organisation have marked its 35th anniversary by setting up a UK fundraising group.

More than 280 people attended Yad Sarah UK's inaugural dinner in London, raising more than £120,000.

Yad Sarah provides assistance for the disabled, elderly and housebound and the dinner - addressed by former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy - was a first step in raising a


Well dressed are a charitable fit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Bargain hunting fashionistas helped to raise nearly £11,000 for a foster home in northern Israel at a designer clothes and accessories sale organised by the MyIsrael youth committee.

A predominantly female crowd of 250 waited expectantly at the doors of Camden's Proud Galleries for the Closet Den event, featuring dresses by Erdem and Chloe, shoes by Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, as well


After dark spokespeople

June 16, 2011

Twenty World Jewish Relief supporters kept their charitable intentions in the dark by participating in Nightrider, a 100km nocturnal cycle through the streets of London.

They were among 1,000 cyclists who set out at midnight from Alexandra Palace on a route taking in landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

WJR rider Sam Sh


Pretty Woman producer dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The producer of Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets has died at the age of 61.

Laura Ziskin had fought a seven-year battle with cancer, during which time she was one of the founders of the charity Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and helped raise £122m for research.


Liverpool says thanks

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care hailed its 250 volunteers at a ceremonial lunch in conjunction with Liverpool Council for Voluntary Services.

More than 80 of the volunteers attended the welfare charity's event at Allerton Hebrew Congregation where they were praised by former Board of Deputies' vice-president Rosalind Preston and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council president Gordon Globe w


Federation to offer services to non-Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

A raft of strategic changes including wage cuts and supplying welfare services to the non-Jewish community are being implemented by Manchester's largest Jewish charity to cope with local authority cuts and welfare reform.

Heathlands Care Village, one of the largest care homes in the country, is predicting further slashes to public funding due to proposed Government plans to replace NHS primary