Charities fearful over funding cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2010

Two of Manchester's Jewish welfare charities are bracing themselves for large losses in local authority funding running up to the Government's comprehensive spending review later this month.

The Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest welfare charity, says possible cuts from four Greater Manchester councils will hit its support networks which do not directly care for the frail, ill or needy.


Knesset guest backing Wizo

September 28, 2010

Kadima Knesset Member Orit Zuaretz drew on a long involvement with Wizo when she addressed the charity's Sponsor A Child lunch in central London.

Ms Zuaretz was cared for at a Wizo centre when her family made aliyah from the Soviet Union in 1971, when she was four. Her mother became a Wizo member and the link has continued.

"I feel like a Wizo branch of the Knesset because Wizo and our goals are mutual," she told 50 supporters at the Grosvenor Square home of Loren and Steven Kaye. The reference was about working for women's rights.


Legacy of cancer death women

By Leon Symons, September 28, 2010

A north London mother-of-two who raised more than £800,000 for cancer research has lost her own battle against breast cancer.

Danielle Leslie, 40, died at her Mill Hill home, having spent her last days with her family. Her funeral was at Edgwarebury Lane cemetery.

Her mother Sylvie Henry also had breast cancer, although her death last year was from lung cancer.

They were both dance teachers and ran The Arts Factory, a summer scheme for schoolchildren. Their Future Dreams charity raised the money for cancer research from two West End shows featuring stage and screen stars.


Nephew's illness inspires fundraiser

By Jessica Elgot, September 17, 2010

Motivated by a five-year-old nephew with a terminal muscle-wasting disease, a Manchester Habonim Dror member is raising money through the movement for research into a potential cure.

Darren Cohen, 20, from Whitefield championed the cause of Action Duchenne, researching a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, at Habonim's annual meeting.

Joey Levene from Prestwich - the son of Mr Cohen's sister Tracy and her husband Tony - was born with the disorder, which affects only boys. Sufferers may not live beyond their late teens.


Recipes for success

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

British supporters of a humanitarian network running soup kitchens in Israel raised a tasty £40,000 at the launch of the fourth Food For You cookbook in north London. Proceeds for Hazon Yeshaya were boosted by Rosh Hashanah gifts and the sale of other items.

One thousand copies of the book, featuring 180 recipes from around the world, were sold on the day.

The series has to date raised £500,000 for the charity, which also provides job training.


Norwood's £100k Rosh Hashanah target

September 16, 2010

A 33-year-old man with learning disabilities has been the focus of Norwood's New Year appeal, which has a £100,000 target.

Through the charity's support, Ben Silver has acquired new skills which are helping him to lead a more independent life.

Mr Silver struggles to communicate and has difficulty understanding social boundaries. He lives in Norwood accommodation in Stanmore and enjoys music therapy sessions, fitness and dance classes and Jewish cultural workshops. He works at The Deli at Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon.


Genetic disorders awareness camapign

By Robyn Rosen, September 16, 2010

The wife of a lawyer with a rare condition has set up a charity to raise awareness of genetic disorders which are more prevalent among Ashkenazi Jews.

Katrina Sarig, 38, founded Jewish Genetic Disorders UK after struggling to discover information about her husband's neuromuscular condition.

Now 40, Ro'i Sarig was diagnosed with Torsion Dystonia when he was 15. But it was five years ago when the couple began planning a family that they came to appreciate the difficulty in gathering information.


Anna Josse helps charity donors make the most of their money

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Nice work, Anna Josse. The former first full-time director of the New Israel Fund, Mrs Josse is the founder of Prism, a registered charity which helps individuals and companies with their charitable giving.

Prism has been shortlisted in the STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) private client awards, taking place on October 19. Her organisation has been nominated in the Philanthropy Team of the Year category, in recognition of those who provide outstanding strategic advice to donors on philanthropic giving and structures.


Readers fund CCTV for vandalised synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Surveillance equipment worth more than £1,500 has been installed at a Lithuanian synagogue vandalised in an antisemitic attack, following an appeal on the JC website.

An anonymous donor responded to the request to provide the synagogue in Kaunas in central Lithuania with CCTV cameras after extremists left a pig’s head outside the building.


Study: Israelis are not as charitable as they think

By Nathan Jeffay, September 7, 2010

In the run up to Rosh Hashanah in Israel, as everywhere else in the Jewish world, charities have been busy trying to convince people to donate. But research shows that Israelis do not give as generously as people might think.

For several years, Israelis have had a reputation as the second most giving people in the world. The Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Civil Society Studies ranks Israel second only to America in terms of donations as a percentage of its gross domestic product (GDP) – 1.34 per cent compared to America's 1.85 per cent.