US charity gave $12.4m to Hamas

November 27, 2008

Five former leaders of a Muslim charity may face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted on multiple charges of transferring money to Hamas.

A court in the United States ruled that the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development - once the largest Muslim charity in the US - must now forfeit some $12.4 million (£8m) to the United States government.

The move follows a lengthy legal process and a trial last year which broke down in disarray after a jury deadlock, prompting a mis-trial.


Katie Melua unplugged for Africa aid charity

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Katie Melua is to perform at the launch of a welfare charity whose members were moved by a visit to an Aids orphange during an Aish trip to South Africa.

The singer will play an acoustic set at AfricArt, being staged by the African Social Action Project (ASAP) at the Getty Images Gallery in the West End next month.

"These guys went on a trip, saw a problem and have then gone and created their own charity to help. It is incredible and inspiring," she said.


Jewish Blind and Disabled receives £350 from Waitrose Community Matters charity

November 6, 2008

Jewish Blind and Disabled has received £350 from the Waitrose Community Matters charitable fundraising scheme. Each month, the supermarket supports local causes suggested by shoppers and JBD was backed by the Mill Hill East store. JBD's Hazel Kaye said the money would go towards "the continued upkeep of our seven assisted living projects".


Shekel rate adds to strain on charities

By Jay Grenby, November 6, 2008

Charities raising funds for Israeli causes have more than the credit crunch to contend with. Around a 25 per cent fall in exchange rates means that funds generated are worth considerably less in Israeli currency.

"We are presently getting a lot fewer shekels for our pounds than hitherto," reported Alison Rosen, executive director of Wizo UK, which supports welfare and educational projects in Israel. "This effectively reduces the amount of money we can send and we therefore need to raise more than ever to maintain even the same level of support."


Israel aid charity trebles its money

November 6, 2008

A charity facilitating direct donations to "carefully selected" grassroots projects in Israel has raised over £450,000 in eight months, far exceeding its initial target of £150,000 in a year.

My Israel was founded by Danielle Franks, who says that every penny contributed goes to its allocated project. The charity's administrative costs are covered by separate dedicated donations.


Years five and six pupils at Ilford Jewish Primary School raise £100 for RSPCA

October 23, 2008

Years five and six pupils at Ilford Jewish Primary School raised £100 for the RSPCA, which will help to equip an inspector's van with an animal first-aid kit, pet carrier and rescue set. The money came from an IJPS "cutest pet" contest, a raffle and a competition to guess the amount of pasta in a jar.


Drugsline's first golf tournament raises thousands

October 16, 2008

Drugsline's first golf tournament, held at the Abridge club, raised several thousand pounds towards the Essex-based charity's support for those affected by drug addiction. Richard Daniels was the individual winner of the tournament, which was followed by a three-course dinner where the guest speaker was Penny Mallory, champion rally driver and television presenter. Karen Sharpe chaired the tournament committee.


The Pinner Israel Action Group hold Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser

October 16, 2008

The Pinner Israel Action Group moved closer to completing its second partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind after an Israeli wine-tasting fundraiser. Forty wine buffs heard Neil Isaacson of Hendon kosher wine specialist Amazing Grapes give a short lecture on wine-making and an overview of the fast-growing Israeli market before enjoying a tasting. The Pinner Israel Action Group has already completed one $25,000 partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre to support the raising and training of a guide dog.


Exclusive: Manchester welfare charities to merge

September 23, 2008

The two largest welfare charities in the Manchester area, the Fed and Heathlands Village, are in the process of merging, the JC.Com can exclusively reveal.

The Fed, formerly the Manchester Jewish Federation, offers support services and financial assistance to Jewish people in need throughout Greater Manchester. Heathlands, the long-established Manchester Jewish Homes for the Aged, provides residential care for elderly people in supervised flats and wards under full nursing care.


Communal leaders slam anti-Israel comments

By Leon Symons, August 15, 2008

Two Jewish community leaders have hit back at the head of a charity over anti-Israeli remarks he made in a charity magazine interview.

Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, and Jeremy Newmark, head of the Jewish Leadership Council, wrote to Third Sector warning that "the demonisation of Zionists, Zionism and Israel that is increasingly prevalent in parts of the third-sector/non-governmental organisation community can slip very easily into demonisation of Jews".