Charity

Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 16, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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Money raised for mayor's chosen charity

May 16, 2008

Members of the North West Surrey Synagogue have donated almost £5,000 to their local mayor’s chosen charity. The money, raised as part of the Reform congregation’s annual High Holydays appeal, was presented to the Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Rosemary Dane, for the benefit of the Walton Firs Camp Association.

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Appeal for Burma

May 9, 2008

International aid charity World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for victims of the Burma cyclone.

WJR says that food, cooking equipment, health kits, mosquito nets, water purification tablets and plastic sheeting are urgently required.

Chief executive Paul Anticoni urged the community to rally to the aid of survivors. “Access for aid agencies is heavily restricted but WJR will endeavour to work as closely as possible with potential partners on the ground.” The aim was to help those most affected, “by providing clean water, sanitation resources and safe shelter”.

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Young Business Group discuss climate change

May 9, 2008

The battle against climate change and its effect on the global economy was the topic of discussion at a Jewish Care Young Business Group reception, at the city offices of event sponsors Denton Wilde Sapte. The evening was attended by 80 people and raised £2,000 for the charity. Times columnist Camilla Cavendish chaired a panel discussion.

 

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Girl celebrates her barmitzvah with charity swim

May 2, 2008

Immanuel College pupil Chana Bernstein marked her batmitzvah by completing a one kilometre charity swim, raising more than £1,100 for Emunah and Keren Or to benefit disadvantaged children. Chana said: “It was really hard work, as I have never swum so far before, but my friends were really supportive. I feel proud to have helped others while I celebrated my batmitzvah.”

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Quiz raises vital funds for Employment Resource Centre

May 2, 2008

More than £3,000 was raised for the Employment Resource Centre from its annual fundraising quiz at Finchley Reform Synagogue. ERC executive member Alan Sanders told the 200 participants that support was vital given that “the number of clients accessing the ERC’s services is 40 per cent higher than last year”.

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Hatzolah man stabbed

By Dana Gloger, May 2, 2008

A volunteer for Hatzolah, the Charedi volunteer rescue and emergency service, was stabbed in his car in North West London last week.

Zvi Hammond was still in hospital at the time of going to press, but his wife Tamara said his recovery was “going in the right direction, but I don’t know yet when he will be out of hospital”.

She explained: “He was not on duty at the time it happened, he had just been to the shops for me. It’s been quite a shock, as it would be for anyone.”

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WJR raises £200,000 for Darfur

May 2, 2008

World Jewish Relief’s Darfur emergency appeal has raised over £200,000 in its first year, benefiting 30,000 women, children and elderly refugees.

The London-based humanitarian charity launched the appeal believing that the community would identify with a cause “that resonates so closely with our own horrific past”.

Major donations account for about one-third of the cash and the appeal has received a steady stream of small contributions. Schools and synagogues have also held fundraisers.

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Charity moving

April 25, 2008

Staff and volunteers from Jewish Care’s Golders Green head office, Stuart Young House, will decamp temporarily to Colindale early next month to enable work to start on a £40 million multi-purpose care campus.

This incorporates a 54-bed care home, 45 “extra care” supported living apartments, a day centre and the charity’s offices. Building work is expected to take two-and-a-half years.

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Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 25, 2008

Nicki Marks raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief by hosting a Pampered Chef event — a “show and tell” method of selling kitchen products. Fifty women joined her and a Pampered Chef consultant for a cooking demonstration, lunch and a raffle. WJR fundraising head Paul Stein, who also attended, commended the host on “an original event which epitomises some of the objectives of the WJR’s new initiative, The Big Hand”.

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