Soros, Bloomberg top donation list

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

Jewish financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros has topped a list of the most generous American philanthropists over the last year.

Mr Soros, who was born in Hungary, donated or pledged to donate £205 million in 2010.

The money will go to Human Rights Watch and to other organisations under the umbrella of his Open Society Foundations.

Last year he appeared at sixth on the list, compiled annually by the Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine.

Other Jewish men and women in the top ten included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.


They came to dance on silent night

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

It was an unusually quiet night for London's young party-goers as they raised nearly £9,000 for Magen David Adom from a silent disco.

More than 400 quiet revellers turned up for the new Young MDA committee's inaugural event at the Hideout Club, London Bridge, on Saturday night.

Rather than music blaring out of speakers, guests were given wireless headphones and the opportunity to switch between channels to suit their musical preferences.


Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens and Isla Fisher support JCC

By Robyn Rosen, January 6, 2011

Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens and Isla Fisher are among more than 40 celebrities who have decorated bras for an online charity auction for the Jewish Community Centre for London and breast cancer charity Cancerkin.

Other contributors include Joanna Lumley, Arlene Phillips, Dannii Minogue, Jo Brand and Esther Rantzen.The bras, donated by Triumph, will also be displayed at an event at London's Comedy Store next month featuring Tracy-Ann Oberman and Ivor Baddiel.


Charities count cost of VAT increase

By Robyn Rosen, January 6, 2011

Communal leaders have warned that this week's rise in VAT will cost the Jewish charitable sector "hundreds of thousands of pounds".

At south London residential home Nightingale, executive director Leon Smith estimates the VAT increase from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent will mean an extra £35,000 annual outlay.

"Most people don't realise charities have to pay VAT," he said. "They think we're exempt but it's not the case.


Charity - a funny old business

By Alex Brummer, January 6, 2011

When it comes to giving, British companies are somewhat put to shame by the United States, where several of the country's heavyweights are committing a significant proportion of their wealth to charities.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have pioneered a whole new approach to philanthropy.


UJIA does Glee - Don't Stop Giving

January 5, 2011
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A charity appeal to the tune of the Journey hit "Don't Stop Believing".


Muslim Aid 'cleared' of terror link

December 22, 2010

The Charity Commission has dismissed claims that Muslim Aid has "terrorist links," despite an investigation which found it gave money to a charity with Palestinian links.

It investigated after the Daily Telegraph published concerns that the relief charity had made payments to eight organisations allegedly linked to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The charity denied this.


Madonna donates big to Jewish and Kabbalah charities

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Madonna donated thousands of dollars to a Jewish charity last year, according to the tax records for her charitable foundation which have been published on the website Showbiz 411.

The pop star, who is also a famous follower of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah, gave the Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters scheme $10,000 in 2009.

The charity, based in Los Angeles, runs mentoring programmes for Jewish children.


British charities mobilise for Camel forest fund

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2010

Dozens of charities have launched appeals to fund recovery after the forest fires.

JNF UK, along with its sister organisations worldwide, is raising money to replant and replenish more than 12,000 acres of destroyed natural woodlands.

Samuel Hayek, JNF UK chairman, said: "What has happened in the Carmel region is an absolute tragedy for all involved. JNF mourns the loss of the life which has occurred and is greatly distressed by the extensive environmental and ecological damage caused by the fires.


Interlink gets civic support

November 25, 2010

Interlink in Manchester has been selected by the Mayor of Salford as one of his three charities.

The Charedi organisation, which raised £90,000-plus for community projects last year, has forged a major working partnership with Salford Council, which has funded key family and adult vocational training schemes.

Next week, the mayor, Councillor George Wilson, will launch the appeal in aid of Interlink at at Brackmans kosher bakery and Halpern's kosher store.